May 6, 2013
Cambridge, Mass. - Stony Brook baseball freshman reliever Tim Knesnik (Milford, Pa.) has been named America East Rookie of the Week for the second time after another stellar outing this past weekend, the conference office announced Monday.
Knesnik was 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and six strikeouts in seven innings of work last week. Against UMBC on Sunday, Knesnik came on in relief in the fifth inning with the Seawolves trailing 5-1. He pitched five shutout innings and scattered five hits while striking out four batters. His performance gave the Seawolves offense to come back as they rallied for two runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to tie the game.
The 6-2 right-hander proved to be an escape artist in the bottom of the ninth. With the game tied at 5-5 and the winning run standing on second base with no outs, Knesnik induced three straight outs without allowing another runner to advance, sparking the momentum towards Stony Brook's side.
Knesnik, who was also America East Rookie of the Week on April 15, ended up earning the victory in the game as Stony Brook twice more in the 10th inning and the Seawolves went on to secure a 7-5, 10-inning victory.
It was the third time this season that Knesnik has pitched at least three innings of shutout ball in relief. He is now 4-1 with a 3.58 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 37-2/3 innings.
Stony Brook has now captured four straight Rookie of the Week awards and eight of the 12 awards this season. Knesnik and the Seawolves have won six of their last eight games overall and six of their last nine conference games to pull into a fourth-place tie with Hartford for the final spot in the America East Championship with six games remaining. Stony Brook will host Albany this weekend at Joe Nathan Field, beginning with a doubleheader Saturday at noon.