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Mailbag: Pitching Carries Stony Brook

In Stony Brook coach Matt Senk's 31-year coaching career, he had never been involved with a no-hitter until March 18, when freshman Frankie Vanderka threw one against New Jersey Tech. "So for it then to happen twice in a five-game span is just pretty mind-blowing, to say the least," Senk said. The second one came this past Sunday, when ace Nick Tropeano and freshman Brandon McNitt combined to no-hit Army in a 1-0 victory. Bad weather had prevented the Seawolves from playing Friday and Saturday, so Senk determined that it was critical to get his top three or four starters some action Sunday and Monday, to make sure they were ready for conference play this weekend at New York Tech. So even though Tropeano had a no-hitter through six innings, Senk stuck with the plan and let McNitt pitch the final three Is this an omen for baseball on the longest island in America?
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