Vanderka honored nationally; SBU sweeps conference awards
March 21, 2011
Stony Brook, N.Y. - After hurling the first no-hitter in program history last Friday against NJIT, Stony Brook University freshman right-hander Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) 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.
Vanderka was named America East's Pitcher of the Week while senior Stephen Marino (Lake Grove, N.Y.) was selected the conference's player of the week. In addition, freshman Joshua Mason (Woodland Hills, Calif.) earned Rookie of the Week honors.
Making just his second career start, Vanderka dominated right from the start against NJIT as he struck out eight batters over the first 4.0 innings. He finished with 13 strikeouts while walking just two in the Seawolves 14-1 win over the Highlanders.
Vanderka (2-0) has a 0.52 ERA in 17.2 innings of work this season. In his past two appearances, both starts, he has allowed just an unearned run on four hits in 15.0 innings. He has also struck out 18 batters over that stretch.
In four games last week, Marino hit .467 (7-for-15) in addition to scoring four runs and recording four RBI. He is hitting .350 with 12 RBI and leads the conference with seven doubles.
Mason hit .636 (7-for-11) in four contests last week and also earned the win on Thursday against Iona with 2.0 innings of relief. The freshman standout is hitting .325 with seven RBI in 12 games.
Stony Brook's 10-5 start is its best 15-game start since the 2000 squad started 12-3. The Seawolves return to action on Tuesday, traveling to take on Fordham. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.