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March 11, 2013

Stony Brook's Frankie Vanderka throws no-hitter (Associated Press)

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook baseball earned national and conference honors this week as junior starter Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and America East Pitcher of the Week, and freshman Austin Shives (San Diego, Calif.) was named America East Rookie of the Week.

Vanderka tossed a no-hitter against Fordham this past Sunday, throwing hitless nine innings in Stony Brook's 2-0 win over Fordham. He struck out six batters while walking three (one intentionally). The game was played as a seven-inning affair, but Vanderka's pitching duel with Fordham's Chris Pike sent the scoreless game into extra innings. The Seawolves finally broke through in the ninth inning with a pair of runs, and Vanderka finished off the Rams by setting down the 2-3-4 hitters in order in the bottom of the ninth.

This was Vanderka's second career no-hitter; he also threw one as a freshman on March 18, 2011 at NJIT. After throwing that no-hitter, he also earned Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors. This is Vanderka's second America East Pitcher of the Week honor this season. He previously was a recipient of the award on Feb. 18 after throwing six shutout innings at Florida International.

This season, Vanderka is 1-2 with a 2.28 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 27-2/3 innings.

Shives picks up his first America East Rookie of the Week award of the year. He batted .417 in four games last week, second-best on the team, 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 last Saturday's doubleheader, he hit his first career double.

For the season, Shives, who has started 10 of a possible 13 games, is hitting .281.

Stony Brook is 3-10 on the season and plays Fordham today at Joe Nathan Field at 3 p.m.