Feb. 3, 2013
East Preseason Coaches' Poll
With Stony Brook's Brandon McNitt
By Phil Stanton
McNitt (left) is a junior right-hander from Chino Hills, Calif.
The All-American posted an 8-4 record a season ago in 17 starts
with a 2.76 ERA, helping Stony Brook win Regional and Super
Regional titles while advancing to the College World Series. In
104.1 innings, he walked 27 and struck out 63. McNitt logged a
pair of complete games and combined on one shutout. He was named
to the District I Capital One/CoSIDA Academic First Team.
McNitt was a Freshman
All-American in 2011, going 7-3 with a 2.03 ERA. He walked 18 in
79.2 innings while holding opponents to a batting average of
.231. McNitt was named America East Rookie of the Year.
The Seawolves went 52-15 in 2012 after posting a
42-12 mark in 2011.
1. How does a high school player from Southern
California end up at Stony Brook?
I was looking for a school that had a strong
balance between academics and athletics. I was attracted to
Stony Brook's academics and specifically their excellent health
sciences program because of my interest in becoming a doctor.
From a baseball standpoint, I liked Stony Brook's winning
tradition and the opportunity to earn impact innings as a
Can you describe what the postseason run was like for the
Seawolves in 2012?
It all happened so fast but it really was a dream
come true. Going to Omaha was by far the greatest highlight of
my baseball career.
3. How does this year's team stay hungry after
last season's success?
Every team wants to build their own identity and
this year is no different. We have a lot of young and veteran
players looking for something to prove and establish themselves
in important roles on this team.
4. How do you see your role on the team this
season as an upperclassman?
I feel like it's important for me to set a good
example for the other guys in the locker room, especially with
all the young players we have. Hopefully my past experiences
will provide us with some consistency and be an asset for us as
we overcome the challenges we will face throughout the year.
5. What are the keys to success for Stony
Brook in 2013?
The biggest key for us is to continue to take
care of the little things. We have done a good job of that in
the past and we don't want to get away from that now. Also, we
cannot beat ourselves. We have to force other teams to beat us.
With so many players in new or different roles, our team needs
to learn how to pick each up and continue to play together no
matter what the situation.
(photos courtesy of SBU Media