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."