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Stony Brook won twice Sunday to get within one game of reaching the NCAA Super Regional.
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Stony Brook Wins Twice, Advances to Deciding Game in NCAA Regionals

Release: 06/01/2012
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Seawolves Force Deciding Game in NCAA Regional With Win Over UCF

A trio of three-run innings powered Stony Brook to a 12-5 win over Central Florida and forced a deciding game in the NCAA Coral Gables Regional Sunday night. The Seawolves and Knights will play for a trip to the Super Regionals on Monday at 7 p.m.

Stony Brook, winner of 25 of its last 27 games, scored three runs each in the second, fourth and eighth innings. America East Player of the Year Travis Jankowski led a 15-hit barrage with three base knocks while Max Tissenbaum had a pair of hits, drove in two and scored twice as well. Jasvir Rakkar was stellar over six innings, allowing four runs and fanning six to pick up the win. Joshua Mason fired three perfect innings of relief to earn the save and keep his team's season alive. Read the full recap here.

The Seawolves, who set an America East season record with its 49th win, will try to become the first America East team to advance to the Super Regional since the NCAA changed the tournament format in 1999 on Monday. Watch Monday's game live for FREE here.

SBU Rallies With 7-Run Seventh to Earn Trip to Regional Final

Trailing 7-3 entering the seventh inning, Stony Brook decided it did not want its season to end just yet. The Seawolves sent 12 men to the plate, seven of whom scored, as the they earned their second NCAA tournament win in three days, a 10-7 victory over Missouri State to earn a trip to the Coral Gables Regional Final. The Seawolves are the first America East team to reach a Regional Final since Maine accomplished the feat in 1991.

Kevin Courtney delivered the key hit, a three-run home run in the seventh, which broke a 7-7 tie. Frankie Vanderka picked up the win in relief, throwing 6.2 stellar innings as he allowed just two runs on three hits with three strikeouts. James Campbell got out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth to seal the win for the Seawolves, their 48th of the year, which ties an America East record. Here's the full recap.

Stony Brook will face UCF Sunday at 7 p.m. and will have to defeat the Knights twice to advance to the Super Regionals against the winner of the Baton Rouge Regional. UCF narrowly beat the Seawolves 9-8 on Saturday. Watch the game here or listen to WUSB's broadcast.

Seawolves Drop First Regional Game Despite Rally

The Seawolves again showed they could compete with the best in the country after putting up a strong effort, but eventually losing 9-8 to the Regionals No. 2 Seed in UCF Saturday night. Stony Brook rallied twice, first from a 5-0 second-inning deficit, and then again in the eighth inning to come to within 9-8 before leaving the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth. Find the full recap here.

Stony Brook now falls into the losers' bracket and faces elimination against Missouri State, who eliminated Miami from the tournament 12-2 earlier on Saturday, Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Stony Brook/Missouri State winner will face UCF Sunday at 7 p.m. and will have to defeat the Knights twice to advance to the Super Regionals against the winner of the Baton Rouge Regional.

Sunday afternoon's game can be seen live and for free here, while the night's game will be available here. All of Stony Brook's Regional games will be broadcast by WUSB Radio.

Stony Brook Knocks Off Top Seed Miami In Regional Opener

No. 25 and fourth-seeded Stony Brook moved into the winners' bracket at the Coral Gables NCAA Regional after a 10-2 win over top-seeded Miami Friday night.

Senior Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.) picked up the win Friday, allowing two runs in 6.1 innings. It is the second Division I NCAA tournament victory for the Seawolves, with the first coming over N.C. State at the 2010 Myrtle Beach Regional.

Senior Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) and juniors Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) and William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) added two hits apiece for the Seawolves, who improved to 47-11 with the victory. Carmona blasted a three-run home run to right field in the eighth inning to put the game away. Find the full recap here.

Stony Brook, winner of 12 straight and 23 of its last 24, is just the fourth America East squad to win its opening NCAA game and first since Delaware accomplished the feat in 2001.

Stony Brook earned the America East's automatic berth into the NCAA Championship by winning the 2012 America East Baseball Championship with a 13-6 victory over Maine on Friday, May 25. 

According to Newsday coverage on the Regional, the Coral Gables may be the toughest in the tournament this year, with any of the four teams (including Missouri State and Central Florida) having a possibility to advance to the Super Regionals. The Associated Press also covers the Regional, including Stony Brook's motivation after last year's snub.

Stony Brook now has a school-record 47-11 mark and its .810 winning percentage is tops in all of Division I. Eight of the Seawolves' starters are batting over .300 and, as a team, Stony Brook is in the nation's top 10 in batting average, fielding percentage, ERA, slugging percentage and WHIP.

America East has continued its consistent success in the NCAA Regionals in recent years. The America East representative has now won a game in the tournament in each of the last four years, with Binghamton starting the trend in 2009. Stony Brook eliminated NC State in 2010, and Maine knocked off Florida International last season.

NCAA Coral Gables, Fla. Regional
Friday, June 1

Game 1: #2 UCF 2, #3 Missouri State 1 --
Box Score | UCF Transcript | UCF Postgame Video | UCF Notes | Missouri State Transcript | Missouri State Postgame Video | Missouri State Notes

Game 2: #4 Stony Brook 10, #1 Miami 2 -- Box Score l Miami Transcript | Miami Postgame Video l Stony Brook Transcript | Stony Brook Postgame Video

Saturday, June 2
Game 3: Missouri State 12, Miami 2 (Miami eliminated) --
Box Score l Miami Transcript | Miami Postgame Video l Missouri State Transcript | Missouri State Postgame Video Part 1 | Part 2 | Missouri State Notes

Game 4: UCF 9, Stony Brook 8 -- Box Score | UCF Transcript | UCF Postgame Video | Stony Brook Transcript | Stony Brook Postgame Video

Sunday, June 3
Game 5: Stony Brook 10, Missouri State 7 --
Box Score | Missouri State Transcript | Missouri State Postgame Video | Stony Brook Transcript | Stony Brook Postgame Video

Game 6: Stony Brook 12, UCF 5 -- Box Score | UCF Transcript | UCF Postgame Video | Stony Brook Transcript | Stony Brook Postgame Video

Monday, June 4
Game 7 : UCF vs. Stony Brook, 7 p.m.


Three Players Tabbed Louisville Slugger All-Americans

Senior Tyler Johnson and juniors Travis Jankowski and William Carmona of the Stony Brook baseball team were all named Louisville Slugger All-Americans as announced by Collegiate Baseball News this week. Jankowski, an outfielder, earned a spot on the second team, while right-handed pitcher Johnson and third baseman Carmona, earned nods on the third team.

The 2012 America East Player of the Year, Jankowski is eighth in the country in batting average (.411) and set Stony Brook singles season records for hits (90), runs scored (66) and steals (34).

Johnson, the league's Pitcher of the Year, went 9-1 with a 1.78 ERA in 12 starts this season and set the Stony Brook career record for wins earlier this season.

Carmona earns All-American honors for the second straight season and hit .380 while leading the America East in home runs (10) and RBI (60).

Two Named Capital One Academic All-Americans By CoSIDA

After each earned first-team Academic All-District recognition earlier this month, Stony Brook's Tyler Johnson and University of Hartford's Simon Kudernatsch, both seniors, were selected to Academic All-American teams this morning.

Johnson was one of two pitchers on the second team. A native of Chatsworth, Calif., Johnson has a 3.71 GPA in history.

Kudernatsch earned third-team distinction as an infielder. The third baseman from the Czech Republic received second-team All-America East honors last week and has a 3.72 GPA in biomedical engineering.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

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