March 11, 2014
Cambridge, Mass. - After sweeping Fordham in a three-game series this past weekend, the Stony Brook baseball team swept the weekly America East awards as senior Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) was named America East Player of the Week, senior Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) was named America East Pitcher of the Week and freshman Casey Baker (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) was tabbed the America East Rookie of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday.
Courtney led the #Seawolves with four extra-base hits and 12 total bases in the three games vs. Fordham. He hit .467 for the weekend with three doubles, one triple, four runs scored and four RBI. In the 6-0 Saturday win over the Rams, he was 3-for-5 and was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Then in Sunday's 10-9 victory, he capped the three-game sweep in style by smacking a walk-off double down the right field line in the bottom of the 14th inning.
In 10 games this season, Courtney is hitting .300 with eight RBI and seven runs scored. He leads the team with his .451 on-base percentage.
Vanderka provided a stellar performance in Saturday's 6-0 win over Fordham. He tossed his third career complete game shutout, limiting the Rams to three hits, all singles, over nine innings. He walked one and struck out 11 batters, just two shy of his career high. Five of his 11 punchouts came in the final three innings, during which he didn't allow a hit. Seven of his 11 strikeouts came with runners on base.
In three starts this season, Vanderka is 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA. He has 16 strikeouts in 17-1/3 innings, and opponents are hitting just .224 against him.
Baker delivered a string of hits on the weekend, going 6-for-9 (.667) in two starts against Fordham. He was 3-for-3 with an RBI in Stony Brook's 10-0 victory in Saturday's second game. Then he delivered again on Sunday by going 3-for-6. He played a critical role in Stony Brook's comeback. Down three runs in the 12th inning and down to the final out, Baker drew a walk to keep the game alive, and he then scored the tying run on a wild pitch. The #Seawolves went on to win two innings later.
In seven games this season, Baker is hitting .647 (11-for-17) with two RBI and two stolen bases.
Stony Brook has won four consecutive games, including a 4-0 victory over Iona on Monday. The #Seawolves are heading west for Spring Break, as they will face UC Riverside in a three-game series March 14-16 and then play USC March 18 and Cal State Northridge March 19.