June 7, 2014
NEW YORK - Senior Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) of the Stony Brook baseball team has been selected by the Houston Astros in the 27th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. McNitt becomes the 21st player in #Seawolves history to be drafted and the second player this year.
McNitt, who was taken 796th overall, joins junior catcher Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) as the two Stony Brook student-athletes drafted. Krause was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday in the ninth round. He also is the Stony Brook player to be drafted by the Astros, joining Nick Tropeano (2009-11), who was taken in the fifth round in 2011.
McNitt was a first-team All-America East selection in 2014 after enjoying a terrific year that included an 8-1 record, 2.89 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 71-2/3 innings. He led the #Seawolves in all three pitching triple crown categories and led America East in wins. He also was third in the conference in strikeouts, fourth in ERA and sixth in opponent batting average (.243).
Ending the season having won eight straight decisions, McNitt's signature games of 2014 were striking out a career-high 10 in seven innings at ACC member Wake Forest and pitching a complete-game five-hitter with eight strikeouts against Hartford that helped the #Seawolves win the conference regular season championship.
In his four-year career, McNitt was highly decorated, also earning first-team All-America East honors in 2012 and earning Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America accolades in 2011. He finished his #Seawolves career second in program history in wins with 26, sixth in strikeouts with 235 and fifth in ERA at 2.85. He also is now Stony Brook's all-time leader in innings pitched at 350-1/3 innings. McNitt was a critical part of the 2012 team that went to the College World Series.