Vanderka's No-Hitter Earns National Accolades
Cambridge, Mass.-- Despite having an eight-game winning streak snapped on Saturday afternoon, Stony Brook went 3-1 last week and swept the America East baseball awards for the week ending March 20. A pair of freshmen in Pitcher of the Week Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur) and Rookie of the Week Joshua Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif./Crespi Carmelite) as well as Player of the Week senior Stephen Marino (Lake Grove, N.Y./Centereach) led the Seawolves to wins over Iona, NJIT and Fordham.
Vanderka has quickly made his presence felt on an already talented pitching staff, throwing the first no-hitter in Stony Brook history Friday evening against NJIT. The freshman righty threw a complete nine-inning effort, striking out 13 and walking just two. His 13 k’s are the most recorded by an America East pitcher since teammate Nick Tropeano also struck out 13 on March 20, 2010. Vanderka was tagged for just one unearned run in the Seawolves’ 14-1 triumph. The rookie has an ERA of 0.52 and opposing batting average of .125 in four appearances this season.
Vanderka has been named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Magazine, the publication announced on Monday. He was also named the National Pitcher of the Week by the NCBWA on Tuesday.Mason earns his first weekly award of the season with success both at the plate and on the mound last week for the Seawolves. The rookie batted .636 (7-for-11) with .667 on-base and 1.000 slugging percentages, three runs and three RBI. Mason drove in the tying run in the eighth inning of the Seawolves’ 5-2 win over Iona on Thursday, and then picked up the win on the mound after pitching two innings in relief with three strikeouts, two hits and one earned run. On Saturday, he added two hits against Fordham, including a triple, and one of Stony Brook’s three hits against Seton Hall.
Marino batted .467 (7-for-15) in a 3-1 week for the Seawolves. The senior third baseman had at least one hit in all four games, scored four runs and drove in four scores. With three doubles and a walk, Marino finished the week with a .444 on-base percentage and .667 slugging. He went 2-for-3 with three RBI in a 14-1 win over NJIT on Friday evening. In a win over Fordham on Saturday, Marino recorded three hits with two runs scored and an RBI. In the field, he tallied eight putouts and nine assists while not committing an error. This season, Marino is batting .350 with a .517 slugging percentage, 12 RBI and a league-leading seven doubles.
Albany (4-11, 0-0 AE) lost four games this week in non-conference action... The Great Danes visited St. John’s on Wednesday before playing the Red Storm and Holy Cross over the weekend in Worcester, Mass... Pete DiResta (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) led the team for the week, getting two hits at St. John’s before going 2-for-5 with an RBI on Saturday vs. Holy Cross... In the Friday opener against the Crusaders, DiResta recorded two RBI with a triple... Nolan Gaige (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) went 2-for-5 with a home run, scoring two runs and driving in three more on Friday... Gaige also scored a run and recorded an RBI on Saturday against St. John’s... Versus Holy Cross on Saturday, Ralph Rizzo (Bohemia, N.Y./Connetquot) hit a double to go along with two runs scored and two RBI... Greg Muller (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) went 4-for-5 with two runs scored in the weekend finale against Holy Cross... Albany will open up the season at home on Tuesday with a doubleheader against Marist before hosting Central Connecticut State on Wednesday... The Great Danes will visit St. Bonaventure over the weekend for a three-game series.
Binghamton (4-8, 0-0 AE) eased into its spring break trip to Texas and New Mexico with a doubleheader split at Dallas Baptist on Saturday. The Bearcats collected 21 hits on the afternoon and lost 6-4 before posting a 5-3 win in the nightcap... The host Patriots have been “receiving votes” nationally and have compiled 32 straight winning seasons... Senior reliever Zach Juliano (Overland Park, Kan./Olathe East HS/Fort Scott CC) notched the win with 2.2 innings of hitless relief. Juliano struck out three and lowered his season ERA to 2.70... Freshman second baseman Daniel Nevares (Toa Alta, PR/Montverde Academy) knocked in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and senior designated hitter Jeff Skelhorne-Gross (Mississauga, Ontario/Lorne Park Secondary) added a two-out bases-loaded single... Sophomore catcher Mike Danaher (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) went 3-for-4 with an RBI, as did sophomore third baseman Jordon Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite)... Binghamton will continue its trip with seven games this week. The team will play a single game Monday at Dallas Baptist before facing New Mexico (2 games) and New Mexico State (4).
Hartford (1-11-1, 0-0 AE) earned its first victory of the season on Sunday afternoon, coming back from a 5-2 deficit heading into the seventh inning... The Hawks scored two runs in the seventh, two in the eighth and two in the ninth to pull away from the host Hornets... Freshman Ryan Lukach (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) keyed the attack for the Hawks, going 2-for-4 with a triple, a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored... Senior Matt Walker (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) homered in the eighth inning to tie the score, his second home run of the season... Freshman Brian Estevez (Riveredge, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) drove in the go-ahead run later in the eighth... Estevez batted .438 over the week against Virginia Tech and Delaware State to lead the way for Hartford... Freshman James Alfonso (Raynham, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) also had a productive week, batting .429 with three doubles... The Hawks will now open their home schedule on Wednesday, hosting the Massachusetts Minutemen at 3 p.m. at Fiondella Field... Hartford will also play home-and-home doubleheaders with Yale this weekend.
The University of Maine baseball team (5-16, 0-0 AE) played a four-game series at Rider over the weekend... Maine picked up an 8-3 victory in the series finale... In the game, Stephen Perakslis (Abington, Mass./Abington) went seven innings on the mound and allowed two runs, just one of which was earned, on just two hits... He struck out a season-high six batters in the game and earned his first win of the season... Junior center fielder Taylor Lewis (Montville, Conn./Montville) saw his 18-game hitting streak snapped in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday... He had a hit the next game and has recorded a hit in 20 of Maine’s 21 games this season... Rookie Fran Whitten (Westborough, Mass./Westborough) leads Maine with a .556 slugging percentage... He has seven extra base hits on the season, including a team-high three home runs... Rider was just 4-for-10 in stolen base attempts on the weekend, while the Black Bears were a perfect 5-for-5.... Maine has outscored opponents, 16-4, in the ninth inning of games this season... Maine will face Sacred Heart on Thursday, before playing at Fairleigh Dickinson next weekend... Maine will play two games against Fairleigh Dickinson and two against St. Peter’s.
The UMBC baseball team (3-8, 0-0 AE) won the first two games of its Spring Break trip down in Florida this past week, defeating Chicago State (5-3) and Long Island (13-8) before falling to UMass (9-5)... Junior Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) continues to lead the Retriever bats, hitting .390 with 16 hits and a home run... Fellow junior Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) leads UMBC with seven doubles and 10 runs driven in... Junior Sean Swetnam (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/George Mason) leads the pitching staff with a 2.08 ERA in 13.0 innings pitched and nine strikeouts... Senior Austin Drewyer (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) pitched a complete game against Chicago State, allowing six hits and no earned runs... The Retrievers face off with Dartmouth in a four-game series down in Florida to complete their trip.
The Seawolves (10-5, 0-0 AE) went 3-1 on the week... SBU beat Iona, 5-2, on Thursday before winning two of three games at the Seton Hall Strike Out Cancer Tournament... Freshman Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) threw the first no-hitter in program history in Stony Brook’s 14-1 win over NJIT on Friday... The right-hander struck out 13 and walked just two... SBU then defeated Fordham, 13-2, on Saturday... Junior right-hander Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.) earned the win, striking out 10 in 7.0 innings... The Seawolves then dropped the final game of the tournament to the host Pirates, 2-0... The loss snapped an eight-game Stony Brook winning streak... It was the Seawolves’ longest winning streak since the 2003 squad won 11 in a row... It is also the Seawolves’ best 14-game start since the 2000 squad started 11-3.