Krause, Stone and Senk headline #Seawolves All-America East honorees

Kevin Krause

May 21, 2014


Lowell, Mass. - The Stony Brook baseball team claimed three of the four America East major yearly awards as junior Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) was named the Len Harlow America East Player of the Year, freshman Cameron Stone (West Haven, Conn.) was tabbed the America East Rookie of the Year and head coach Matt Senk was selected the America East Coach of the Year, the conference office announced at its awards barbecue at LeLacheur Park on the eve of the 2014 America East Championship. The three headline eight Stony Brook All-America East selections, three All-Rookie picks and one All-Academic team member.

Both Krause and Stone were first-team All-America East selections at catcher and relief pitcher, respectively. Joining them on the first team are senior first baseman Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.), junior shortstop Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) and senior starting pitchers Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.). Sophomore starting pitcher Tyler Honahan (Parker, Colo.) and sophomore outfielder Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) were placed on the All-America East second team. Stone, freshman utility Casey Baker (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) and freshman pitcher Ryley MacEachern (Saugus, Mass.) were all selected to the America East All-Rookie team.

Krause is the third player in #Seawolves program history to be named America East Player of the Year, joining Willie Carmona in 2011 and Travis Jankowski in 2012. Krause leads the conference in home runs (8), RBI (46), runs scored (42), total bases (97) and slugging percentage (.539). He has 17 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI games while hitting in the third spot in the batting order for most of the season. He's played either catcher or right field and has hit at both positions, hitting .329 with five home runs and 22 RBI when behind the plate and .313 with three homers and 15 RBI when in the outfield.

In conference play, Krause is hitting .354 and leads all players in runs scored (25), RBI (24) and doubles (8).

Courtney repeats as first-team All-Conference at first base, having earned the honor in 2013. He is hitting .340 with two home runs and 37 RBI and ranks in the top 10 in the conference in hitting, slugging (.461), on-base percentage (.426), runs scored (40), hits (65), RBI, doubles (13), total bases (88) and walks (26). He hit for the cycle on May 7 as part of a 5-for-6 day, becoming the first #Seawolves player since 2006 to do it. He also has the team's only walk-off hit of the season when he smacked an RBI double in the 14th inning to beat Fordham back on March 9.

Peragine earns a spot on the first team for the first time ever. He was a second-team pick as a freshman in 2011. He is hitting .294 with 31 runs scored and 35 RBI. He is top 10 in the conference in on-base percentage (.405), runs scored, RBI, triples (4) and walks (29). He's done his best work in America East play, hitting a conference-best .392 in the 23 league games and sporting a .500 on-base percentage. He has 14 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI games this season and has been on a tear over his last 13 games, hitting .455 with 16 RBI.

McNitt is a first-team selection for the second time, having also earned the honor in 2012. He is 7-1 with a 2.77 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 65 innings. Since losing his first start of the year, he's unbeaten in his last nine appearances and has been dominant during America East play, when he's 5-0 with a 3.03 ERA. Over his last four starts, all in conference, he's 4-0 with a 2.55 ERA and 31 strikeouts. He is in the league's top 10 in ERA, opponent batting average, innings pitched, strikeouts and wins. His top two performances of the year were a 10-strikeout day at Wake Forest on March 1 and his most recent start - last Friday when he pitched a complete game with no walks and eight strikeouts to beat Hartford and ensure the team would earn a share of the America East regular season championship.

Vanderka repeats as a first-team selection and now is a three-time All-Conference honoree, having been selected to the second team as a reliever in 2012. He is 3-5 with a 3.21 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 70 innings. He has four complete games and two shutouts this year. He ranks in the top 10 in America East in ERA, opponent batting average, innings pitched and strikeouts. In conference, he's been nearly unhittable with a .188 opponent batting average and a 2.52 ERA in five starts. He was in fact unhittable on March 22 when he threw his third career no-hitter, beating Albany, 7-0, with 10 strikeouts. He is the only active pitcher and the only collegiate baseball pitcher in the last 10 years to have thrown multiple no-hitters. He won a slew of awards that week, including National Pitcher of the Week honors from multiple outlets.

Stone is the third #Seawolves player ever to be named first-team All-America East as a freshman, joining Jack Parenty (2013) and Willie Carmona (2010). He was dominating during the season, developing into Stony Brook's closer. He had a 2-2 record with a 1.48 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 30-1/3 innings. Opponents hit just .154 against him on the season. He recorded eight saves, four of which came during multi-inning appearances. He notched saves against UC Riverside, Pac-12 member USC, Albany (twice), Marist, Bryant, Binghamton and Maine. He had a 14-1/3 scoreless inning streak between March 9-18 and was nearly unhittable during conference play, when he had a 0.93 ERA and a .094 opponent batting average.

Honahan earns his first All-Conference honor of his career. He is 7-2 with a 3.06 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 64-2/3 innings. Opponents are hitting just .205 against him. He is top 10 in the conference in ERA, opponent batting average, innings pitched, strikeouts and wins. He has not allowed more than three runs in any appearance this season and has been strong in conference play with a 4-1 record, 3.08 ERA and .208 opponent batting average. He was the winning pitcher when the #Seawolves beat USC for the program's first-ever victory over a Pac-12 school.

Parenty is now a two-time All-Conference honoree, having earned first-team honors as a freshman in 2013. He is hitting .280 with one home run, 22 RBI, 34 runs scored and a .367 on-base percentage while mostly hitting in the leadoff spot. He is in the top 10 in America East in runs scored, triples (3) and walks (24). He has 14 multi-hit games this season, including a trifecta of three-hit games. He had a huge weekend against Binghamton back in April, going 7-for-14 with five RBI, leading to America East Player of the Week honors.

Baker developed into the team's designated hitter in his rookie campaign and has been steady with the bat, hitting .336 with 19 runs scored, 21 RBI and a .414 on-base percentage. During conference play, he's hitting .333 with 13 RBI. He is a two-time America East Rookie of the Week and had a big weekend against Maine a few weeks ago, going 6-for-10 with two triples and six RBI.

MacEachern enjoyed a standout freshman season, going 3-1 with a 3.71 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 43-2/3 innings. He stepped up during conference play, sporting a 1.98 ERA, 2-0 record and 26 strikeouts over five appearances. In conference only, he ranks second in the league in ERA and eighth in strikeouts. He threw a complete game shutout at Hartford back in March. He is a two-time America East Rookie of the Week and a one-time Pitcher of the Week.

Senk guided the #Seawolves to their third outright America East regular season championship, winning the conference by two games after taking two out of three from second-place Hartford in the regular season's final weekend. It is Senk's third Coach of the Year honor, all coming since 2011. Stony Brook's 33 wins give the program its 11th 30-win season all-time, all of them coming under Senk.

Stony Brook commences its quest for the 2014 America East Championship title Thursday when the top-seeded #Seawolves face Maine at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass., at 2 p.m. The game will be carried on AmericaEast.TV.