Baseball begins conference play this weekend vs. Maine
March 15, 2013
2013 Stony Brook Baseball
Games 16-18: Stony Brook vs. Maine
Stony Brook Seawolves (5-10, 0-0 America East)
Maine Black Bears (9-11, 0-0 America East)
About the Weekend: Stony Brook begins defense of its America East regular season championship as it opens conference play this weekend against the Maine Black Bears. Stony Brook has won the conference regular season in back-to-back years and will look to become just the third program to capture the America East regular season three straight years (Binghamton 2007-10, Delaware 1994-98). This weekend's matchup will be a battle between the top two preseason favorites in the league and the last three tournament championship winners.
Conference Rules: Stony Brook's America East schedule looks a little different than in years past. This season, America East has moved to a full round-robin schedule. All teams will play three-game home-and-home series against each opponent for a total of 30 conference games. On Saturday doubleheaders, the first game will be a seven-inning game, followed by a nine-inning game. Sunday single games will be nine-inning affairs.
Dominating the League: No one has been more dominant in conference play over the last few seasons than Stony Brook. Over the last two seasons, the Seawolves are 43-5 (.896) against their America East foes.
Seawolves beat Black Bears: Stony Brook is 21-8 against Maine over the last six seasons.
Last Time Out: Anthony Italiano drove in three runs and had the walk-off RBI single that finished off Stony Brook's 6-5 comeback victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday. Italiano had a career-best four-hit game, including the eighth-inning two-run single that tied the game. Stony Brook had fallen behind 5-1. Jack Parenty and Michael Hubbard also had multi-hit games as the Seawolves banged out a season-high 13 hits.
Frankie Say No-No: On March 10, Frankie Vanderka once again etched his name into the record books by throwing a no-hitter against Fordham in the Seawolves' 2-0 win. Vanderka pitched nine innings and struck out six hitters while walking three (one intentionally). The no-hitter was the second of his career and it earned him national, regional and conference honors. He was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, the NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week, CollegeBaseballInsider.com Northeast Region Pitcher of the Week and America East Pitcher of the Week.
Shives Honored: Austin Shives was named America East Rookie of the Week on March 11. 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.
Weekly Honors: Stony Brook pitchers Frankie Vanderka and Daniel Zamora picked up weekly honors from America East on Feb. 18. Vanderka was named Pitcher of the Week after posting six shutout innings at Florida International. Zamora was named Rookie of the Week for tossing six innings and allowing just one run and striking out six in his collegiate debut at Florida International.