June 27, 2013
Cambridge, Mass. - Stony Brook Baseball junior pitcher Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.) has been named the 2013 America East Baseball Scholar-Athlete, designating him as the top scholar-athlete among the six conference schools that sponsor baseball.
A committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives chose an honoree in each of the conference's championship sports this year. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.30. Each honoree is automatically be eligible for the America East Female or Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award to be announced in mid-July.
McNitt, who is majoring in Biology and on the pre-health track at Stony Brook, is a two-time member of the America East Baseball All-Academic team, a three-time member of the America East Honor Roll and a six-time member of the Stony Brook Dean's List.
During the 2012 season, McNitt started 15 games for the Seawolves and went 4-6 with a 3.36 ERA in a team-high 101-2/3 innings pitched. He finished sixth in America East in strikeouts (63) and opponents batting average (.237). His win-loss record was deceiving as he suffered from hard-luck pitching; he received a loss or a no-decision three times when pitching at least seven innings and allowing two runs or fewer.
McNitt's signature game came during the America East Championship. Facing elimination, he held Albany to one unearned run in seven innings and helped Stony Brook beat the Great Danes 3-1. He was named to the America East Championship All-Tournament team for his efforts.
McNitt was previously a two-time All-America East selection, the 2011 America East Rookie of the Year and a 2011 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. He is fifth all-time in program history in wins (19) and ninth in strikeouts (168).