Stony Brook’s Vanderka Tosses a No-Hitter to Earn Pitcher of the Week
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Stony Brook junior pitcher Franke Vanderka threw a no-hitter to earn America East Pitcher of the Week honors, while teammate Austin Shives was named Rookie of the Week and Binghamton’s Jordon Smucker earned Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) tossed a no-hitter in the Seawolves’ 2-0 win over Fordham, going nine innings, striking out six batters and walking only three (one intentionally). It was the second no-hitter of Vanderka’s career, as he also threw one as a freshman at NJIT in 2011. The game was scheduled as a seven-inning game, but went into extra innings as the two teams were scoreless. The Seawolves scored twice in the top of the ninth and Vanderka set the Rams’ 2-3-4 hitters down in order in the ninth to secure the no-hitter and the win.
Shives (San Diego, Calif.) was named Rookie of the Week after hitting .417 in four games last week, second-best on the team and fifth-best in the conference, while driving in two runs, both coming in Stony Brook's 5-1 win over Iona on March 5. He followed that performance with a three-hit game at Fordham, the first three-hit game of his young career. In the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, he hit his first career double. He registered hits in three of Stony Brook’s four games, finishing with a .462 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage.
Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) helped Binghamton to a four-game series sweep at North Carolina A&T, racking up a conference-best eight RBI last week. Smucker finished with a .312 batting average, five runs score, two doubles, one home run and two walks. Smucker had a .389 on-base percentage, and a .625 slugging percentage which was the second-best in the conference last week. He had multi-RBI performances in three of the four games, including driving in three in each of the first two. He also had a three-hit game in the series finale, scoring three runs and driving in two more.
2013 America East Baseball Weekly Award Winners
Feb. 18 –Player of the Week: Colin Gay (Maine); Pitcher of the Week: Frankie Vanderka (Stony Brook); Rookie of the Week: Daniel Zamora (Stony Brook)
March 4 – Player of the Week: Jake Thomas (Binghamton); Pitcher of the Week: Jay Lynch (Binghamton); Rookie of the Week: Jake Cryts (Binghamton)
March 11 – Player of the Week: Jordon Smucker (Binghamton); Pitcher of the Week: Frankie Vanderka (Stony Brook ); Rookie of the Week: Austin Shives (Stony Brook)