Baseball trio named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America

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June 5, 2013

Tuscon, Ariz. - Stony Brook baseball rookies Tim Knesnik (Milford, Pa.), Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) and Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) have all been selected to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced Wednesday.

The Seawolves trio are three of the four players representing America East on this team. The three selections give Stony Brook multiple Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honorees for the second consecutive season.

Parenty, the 2013 America East Rookie of the Year and first-team All-America East selection, was Stony Brook's most consistent offensive weapon this season. He was fifth in America East in hitting (.333) and second in base hits (70). He led the team in both categories and also led the Seawolves in runs scored (30). He boasted two separate hitting streaks of 10 or more games, including an 18-game hitting streak, and had 16 multi-hit games, including three four-hit days.

Knesnik, a second-team All-America East and All-Rookie selection, was outstanding in relief this season, posting a 4-1 record, 3.73 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 41 innings of work. His two-best performances came in critical conference junctures; he tossed five innings of one-run relief and struck out four, allowing Stony Brook to come back and beat Hartford on April 14; then on May 5, he pitched five shutout innings of relief as the Seawolves once again rallied at UMBC for a win.

Caputo, a second-team All-America East honoree, was the only Seawolves player to start every game this season and hit .271 with 15 extra-base hits and 20 RBI. He was second on the team in base hits (61) and fourth in runs scored (22). He was named to the America East Championship All-Tournament team after leading the Seawolves with a .500 batting average over three games.

The Seawolves trio were part of a Stony Brook team that advanced to the America East Championship for the eighth consecutive season, the longest active streak among the current member institutions. Stony Brook freshmen represented 38 percent of the team's at-bats and 43 percent of the team's innings pitched this season.