Joe Nathan '97 earns MLB All-Star Game save

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July 17, 2013

NEW YORK - Former Stony Brook baseball and current Texas Rangers star Joe Nathan '97 pitched in the 84th MLB All-Star Game and earned the save by pitching a scoreless ninth inning in the American League's 3-0 victory over the National League at Citi Field on July 16.

In his one inning of work, Nathan struck out Matt Carpenter and Andrew McCutchen, gave up a double to Paul Goldschmidt and then induced a pop-up from Pedro Alvarez to end the game, snapping the American League's three-game losing streak. 

For Nathan, it was his first career All-Star save and extended his All-Star Game scoreless streak to four innings. It was the sixth All-Star appearance for the Pine Bush, N.Y., native who played for Stony Brook from 1993-95, hit .378 for the Seawolves and was a two-time Academic All-American. He was inducted to the Stony Brook Hall of Fame on Dec. 6, 2006, when he became the first former Stony Brook student-athlete to have his number retired. Stony Brook renamed its baseball facility Joe Nathan Field after Nathan donated the lead gift that led to the park's renovation.

Nathan is currently enjoying a stellar season for the Rangers. He is 1-0 with a 1.36 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 39-2/3 innings. He is second in the American League in saves with 30.