The Stony Brook Seawolves advanced to the College World Series at the 2012 NCAA Baseball Tournament with a 7-2 win in Game 3 over the LSU Tigers on Sunday night. The Seawolves will be making their first-ever appearance in the College World Series.
Stony Brook is just the second No. 4 seed to reach the College World Series since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1999. The Seawolves are also the first America East Conference team to reach the College World Series.
Starter Frankie Vanderka pitched a complete game for the Seawolves, giving up just two earned runs off three hits and four walks while striking out five. He gave up a home run to Mason Katz in the first inning, but settled down nicely after. The Tigers didn't score again until the seventh when Aaron Nola hit a sac fly to center, scoring Alex Edward.
Travis Jankowski, selected No. 44 overall in the 2012 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres, went 4-for-6 and scored twice. Maxx Tissenbaum had two hits and three RBI. Willie Carmona had three hits and two runs scored, and freshman Kevin Krause added a pair of hits and RBI for Stony Brook.
With the scored tied at 1-1 the Seawolves broke the game open with three runs in the third inning and two in the fourth for a 6-1 lead.
Stony Brook joins Arizona, UCLA and Florida among the teams already in the World Series.