Stony Brook's Vanderka throws no-hitter

NEW YORK — Frankie Vanderka pitched a couple of extra innings for his second career no-hitter.

The Stony Brook junior right-hander shut down Fordham 2-0 in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday, striking out six and walking three over nine innings in a game that was scheduled for seven but went into extras with both teams scoreless.

Vanderka, from Levittown, N.Y., also threw a no-hitter at NJIT on March 18, 2011.

"I just went out there and did what I normally do," Vanderka said, "and stayed down in the zone and attacked the hitters."

He also got some help from his defense, including a diving catch by right fielder Tanner Nivins to rob Joseph Runco of a hit and end the fifth inning.

"I definitely owe him a dinner," Vanderka said of Nivins.

Fordham loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with two outs, but Vanderka (1-2) struck out Runco to end the threat and send the game to extra innings.

"I tried to take it one pitch at a time," Vanderka said, "bear down, start throwing strikes and let my defense do its work behind me."


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