College World Series 2012: Stony Brook Eliminated, But Proud Of Historic Season

Stony Brook was eliminated from the 2012 College World Series with a 12-2 loss to the Florida State Seminoles on Sunday. Stony Brook dropped their opening game of the double-elimination tournament to UCLA, 9-1.

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2012 College World Series: New York Mets To Honor Stony Brook

The Stony Brook Seawolves are out of the 2012 College World Series, but the honors keep rolling in for the most successful baseball team in the history of the Long Island college.

Tuesday, Stony Brook will be honored by the New York Mets prior to the team’s game at Citi Field against the Baltimore Orioles. Stony Brook players will get to watch batting practice and meet some of the Mets players and will be honored in a ceremony prior to the game’s first pitch.

Stony Brook finished the season 52-15, the first team from the school to reach the College World Series. The Seawolves were also the first team from the America East Conference to reach the World Series.

Stony Brook defeated Miami, Missouri State and Central Florida in the NCAA Regional and LSU in the NCAA Super Regional to reach the College World Series.

In the recent 2012 MLB Draft seven members of the Seawolves were drafted by professional organizations.

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2012 College World Series: Stony Brook Reaction To CWS Ouster

The Stony Brook Seawolves have been eliminated from the 2012 College World Series. Sunday's 12-2 loss to Florida State ended their amazing run to their first-ever College World Series. As the first America East Conference school, only the second No. 4 seed and the first New York school to reach the College World Series since St. John's in 1980 the Seawolves still managed to accomplish what few thought possible.

"I know that it was like nothing else that's ever happened, I think, for a college team, certainly one from Long Island," said Stony Brook coach Matt Senk. "I sure hope what these young men have done, the tremendous accomplishments ‑‑ I think they've already done so much for the university in so many different ways, so much for Long Island, and I think that it will be a great homecoming for this team and well deserved."


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Stony Brook third baseman Willie Carmona tried to keep the loss in perspective.

"It's a hard loss, but I look back on the season, and I think we did what no one thought we could ever do, what everyone thought was basically impossible," Carmona said. "And we made it happen somehow. And I'll never forget that."

The Seawolves were outscored 21-3 in their two World Series defeats after having stunned top-seeded LSU in the Super Regional Round.

"That's the way baseball goes sometimes," said Carmona. "You play your best against the competition. You come in, face the same type active competition, and just doesn't work out. I mean, that's baseball."

So, the best season the Stony Brook baseball team has ever had is now over. Unfortunate ending or not, it is one the history books will remember fondly.

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Stony Brook Vs. Florida State, 2012 CWS Scores: Stony Brook Eliminated With 12-2 Loss

The Stony Brook Seawolves were defeated by the Florida State Seminoles, 12-2, in the 2012 College World Series. With the loss, Stony Brook was eliminated from the College World Series.

After scoring one run in the first inning, the Seminoles jumped all over Stony Brook in the third inning with a six-run outburst. Florida State would add two more runs in the fourth inning to build their lead to 9-0. Stony Brook got two runs across in the bottom of the fifth inning. Florida State responded with three more runs in the top of the sixth inning to extend the lead to 12-2.

Devon Travis, Justin Gonzalez and Sherman Johnson did the major damage for the Seminoles. Travis and Gonzalez both had three RBI while Johnson had one RBI. Pat Cantwell and William Carmona drove in the runs for Stony Brook.

Brandon McNitt (8-4) got the start for Stony Brook but lasted just 3 2/3 innings. He gave up six hits, nine runs (four earned) and three walks while striking out two batters. Mike Compton (12-2) went six innings ti get the victory for the Seminoles. He gave up six hits, two earned runs and two walks while striking out four batters.

Stony Brook (52-15) was making its first-ever appearance in the College World Series. Stony Brook's run as the No. 4 team in the regional to the College World Series in Omaha involved upsets of the No. 1 seed and four-time national champion Miami Hurricanes in the Miami regional and then of six-time national champions LSU in the Baton Rouge Super Regional. The Seawolves dropped their first game in the College World Series, 9-1, to UCLA on Friday.

Stay tuned to this Storystream for scores, updates and more from Stony Brook and the 2012 College World Series. The full tournament bracket can be found at the NCAA site.

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Stony Brook Vs. Florida State, 2012 CWS: Seawolves Trying To Stay Alive On Sunday

The Stony Brook Seawolves have been here before, with their backs against the wall. On Sunday, Stony Brook will play another elimination game, their sixth since the NCAA baseball tournament began, with the goal of extending their run through the 2012 College World Series.

There to meet the Seawolves is Florida State, playing in their first elimination game of the tournament. Florida State lost by a final score of 4-3 in 12 innings against Arizona.

Sophomore Brandon McNitt (8-3, 2.50 ERA) starts for Stony Brook. McNitt shut out LSU and allowed only three hits in his last outing. The Seminoles turn to freshman Mike Compton (11-2, 2.86).

A win would put the Seawolves two games away from the championship finals. The winner will face either Arizona or UCLA, which beat the Seawolves on Friday, in a game scheduled for Tuesday.

Sunday's game starts at 5 p.m. Eastern. It will be broadcast on ESPN 2.

Stay tuned to this Storystream for scores, updates and more from Stony Brook and the 2012 College World Series. The full tournament bracket can be found at the NCAA site.

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2012 College World Series: Stony Brook Reaction To Opening Defeat

Stony Brook did not open the 2012 College World Series the way the Seawolves hoped they would, falling behind 5-0 in the first inning and never really competing in a 9-1 loss to the UCLA Bruins on Friday in Omaha, Neb. Stony Brook, the Long Island school making its first-ever appearance in the College World Series, still has an opportunity as the event is double-elimination.

Stony Brook (52-14) will face Florida State (48-16) in an elimination game on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET (TV: ESPN2). The Seminoles lost to Arizona, 4-3, in their opening game on Friday.

Stony Brook starting pitcher Tyler Johnson entered Friday's game with a 9-1 record, but lasted only 2 1/3 innings, surrendering seven UCLA runs.

"I just wasn't on today," said Johnson via a transcript provided by ASAP Sports. "When I needed to make a pitch, I didn't today."

Johnson wasn't buying the notion that the Seawolves, only the second No. 4 seed to reach the College World Series, were overwhelmed by the circumstance.

"We played in front of 11,000 people in Baton Rouge, all people who were rooting against us and screaming at us and stuff like that. I think every once in a while you're going to have a bad game, and that's what happened today," said Johnson. "We're a very good ballclub and we're here for a reason. But like I said, it didn't go our way today. That's going to happen. It's baseball. We'll get back after it on Sunday."

UCLA starter Adam Plutko earned the win, giving up just one run on five hits in seven innings.

"I felt that at any time we could perhaps get the game going our way. We did a lot of that in the Regional with some really solid comebacks," said Stony Brook coach Matt Senk, whose team failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities in the second and fifth innings. "Both innings, we had second and third with less than two outs, and it was there for us. He [Plutko] did a good job, but we needed to do a better job. I thought it could have shifted momentum in our direction, but we were never able to gather any momentum at all."

The Seawolves need a victory on Sunday to stay alive in the tournament.

"We've been in this position before in the Regional, the Super Regional," said catcher Patrick Cantwell, whose third-inning home runs provided Stony Brook's only run. "We have to fight back from the bottom. So the team's got a lot of heart, and we'll come out on Sunday ready to play and we'll give it everything we've got."

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Stony Brook Vs. UCLA, 2012 CWS Scores: Stony Brook Falls To UCLA, 9-1

The Stony Brook Seawolves lost to the UCLA Bruins by a score of 9-1 Friday in their opening game of the 2012 College World Series. Stony Brook is the tournament's Cinderella story, but Friday night's game saw them unable to capture the magic that they had in their upset of the LSU Tigers.

UCLA jumped out to an early lead in the game, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Stony Brook starting pitcher Tyler Johnson lasted only 2 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs. The first inning saw the Bruins score five runs on five hits and a walk.

Stony Brook's offense didn't have much of an answer, with the Seawolves only run of the game coming in the third on a solo home run by catcher Pat Cantwell.

A full box score for the game can be found at the official NCAA site. The tournament is double elimination, so Stony Brook will next play the loser of Friday night's Arizona vs. Florida State matchup.

Stay tuned to this Storystream for scores, updates and more from Stony Brook and the 2012 College World Series. The full tournament bracket can be found at the NCAA site.

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Stony Brook Vs. UCLA, 2012 CWS: Game 1 Preview, TV Schedule, Online Streaming

The Stony Brook Seawolves have had plenty of time this week to celebrate the school's first-ever appearance in the College World Series. Today, the celebrating stops and the work begins for the Cinderella Seawolves when they face UCLA in the opening round of 2012 CWS (5 p.m. ET, ESPN2). The game will be streamed live on WatchESPN.

Stony Brook is only second No. 4 seed in NCAA Baseball Tournament history and the first America East Conference team to reach the College World Series. The Seawolves, though, have been rejecting the Cinderella label, and with good reason. The Seawolves (52-13) led the nation in victories this season and had seven players selected in the 2012 MLB Draft, led by center fielder Travis Jankowski (44th overall by the San Diego Padres).

Stony Brook is second in the nation with a .335 team batting average. Jankowski hit .422, stole 36 bases and led the nation in triples with 11. Third baseman William Carmona (11th round, Philadelphia Phillies) hit 12 home runs and is fourth in the nation with a .702 slugging percentage. Catcher Patrick Cantwell was drafted in the third round by the Texas Rangers. Overall, the Seawolves are fourth in the nation scoring an average of 7.2 runs per game.

Stony Brook's pitching staff is led by senior right-hander Tyler Johnson (12-1, 1.94 ERA). Johnson was selected in the 33rd round of the MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics. Right-hander James Campbell was taken in teh 12th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers and right-hander Jaszir Rakkar was taken in the 26th round by the Chicago Cubs. Sophomore Frankie Vanderka (3-3, 2.37 ERA) tossed a three-hit complete game against LSU to clinch SBU's trip to Omaha.

Fresno State was the only other No. 4 seed to reach the College World Series, winning the national title in 2008.

UCLA is making its fourth overall appearance in the College World Series and second in the last three years. The Bruins are 47-14.

UCLA has six players hitting .300 or better, led by junior right fielder Jeff Gelalich. He has a .364 batting average and 11 home runs.

Sophomore right-hander Adam Plutko leads the pitching staff with an 11-3 record and 2.56 ERA.

The College World Series is a double-elimination format until only two teams remain. The winner of each side of the bracket then face off in a best-of-three series to determine a champion. [Full schedule]

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2012 College World Series: Stony Brook -- Cinderella Or Serious Contender?

Are the Stony Brook Seawolves really a Cinderella team that is little more than a nice story entering the 2012 College World Series? Or, is Stony Brook a team that has a legitimate shot at winning the national championship?

This from NCAA.com:

Many will call them underdogs and a Cinderella story, but the Seawolves have perhaps one of the most dangerous, pesky lineups in the country. They are second in the nation in batting average (.335), eighth in scoring (7.2 runs per game), fourth in runs (468), first in hits (731), second in triples (36), and second in slugging percentage (.483).

And it's not just the lineup that will get you. Just ask LSU. Tyler Johnson and Frankie Vanderka pitched complete games in Baton Rouge to hand the Tigers their first home loss with in eight Super Regional-deciding games. That's right - LSU hadn't lost a home Super Regional since the NCAA adopted the format.

The pitching staff boasts the 12th-best ERA in the nation at 2.99 and the fifth-best WHIP at 1.16. That last No. 4 seed to win the national title - Fresno State, had a 4.68 team ERA.

Stony Brook can field the ball too, boasting a .978 - 12th in the country.

They are well-rounded. Not a surprise, really, since seven players were picked in last week's MLB amateur draft. Leading the way is centerfielder Travis Jankowski - a scrappy leadoff hitter taken No. 44 overall to the San Diego Padres.

Stony Brook (52-13) opens play Friday at 5 p.m. ET against UCLA (47-14).

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2012 College World Series: Stony Brook Captures Sports World's Imagination

Here is a sampling of the reaction to Stony Brook reaching the 2012 College World Series. The Seawolves face UCLA.

Stony Brook heads to College World Series by stunning LSU - The Early Lead - The Washington Post
Stony Brook — Dick Vitale’s “Butler of baseball” — lands its first College World Series berth with an upset of LSU.

Stony Brook, the Underdog of Underdogs in College World Series - NYTimes.com
It is tempting to compare Stony Brook’s stunning advance to the College World Series to Butler’s heroics in the N.C.A.A. tournament, or Virginia Commonwealth’s or George Mason’s or any other mid-major team that crashed the bluebloods’ party and got everyone excited about a school hardly anyone knew had a basketball team.

But that doesn’t come close to doing justice to what Stony Brook accomplished over the weekend.

Stony Brook baseball's trip to College World Series just what the sports world needs - MLB - Sporting News
For the next two weeks, we are all Seawolves.

Stony Brook Seawolves, to be precise. They are going to the College World Series, and you don’t have to care about college baseball to relate to their mission.

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College World Series 2012 Schedule: Stony Brook Faces UCLA Friday Evening

The Stony Brook Seawolves have thrust their way into the public spotlight with an improbable run into the 2012 College World Series as a No. 4 seed. Their road gets bumpier from here on out, starting with a game against the UCLA Bruins Friday at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

The College World Series is a double-elimination format until only two teams remain. The winner of each side of the bracket then face off in a best-of-three series to determine a champion.

You can check out the full schedule for the 2012 College World Series below (all times Eastern):

Bracket 1:

Game 1: Stony Brook vs. UCLA, Fri., June 15, 5 p.m., ESPN2
Game 2: Arizona vs. Florida State, Fri., June 15, 9 p.m., ESPN2
Game 5: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser, Sun., June 17, 5 p.m., ESPN2
Game 6: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, Sun., June 17, 9 p.m., ESPN2
Game 9: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser, Tue., June 19, 8 p.m., ESPN
Game 11: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, Thurs., June 21, 5 p.m., ESPN2
Game 13 (If necessary): Game 9 Winner Vs. Game 6 Winner, Fri., June 22, 5 p.m., ESPN2

Bracket 2:

Game 3: Kent State vs. Arkansas, Sat., June 16, 5 p.m., ESPN
Game 4: South Carolina vs. Florida, Sat., June 16, 9 p.m., ESPN
Game 7: Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Loser, Mon., June 18, 5 p.m., ESPN2
Game 8: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, Mon., June 18, 9 p.m., ESPN2
Game 10: Game 7 Winner Vs. Game 8 Loser, Wed., June 20, 8 p.m., ESPN
Game 12: Game 8 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, Thurs., June 21, 9 p.m., ESPN2
Game 14 (If necessary): Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 Winner, Fri., June 22, 9 p.m., ESPN

Championship Finals:

Game 1: Bracket 1 Champ vs. Bracket 2 Champ, Sun. June 24, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Game 2: Bracket 1 Champ vs. Bracket 2 Champ, Mon., June 25, 8 p.m., ESPN
Game 3 (If necessary): Bracket 1 Champ vs. Bracket 2 Champ, Tue., June 26, 8 p.m., ESPN

-- Stay with this Storystream and SB Nation New York for updates from the 2012 NCAA Baseball tournament. The full tournament bracket is available at the official NCAA site.

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