BATON ROUGE, La. -- Stony Brook University baseball, which has been a Division I program for only just over a decade, is just two wins away from a potential appearance in the College World Series as it begins the program's first-ever Super Regionals Friday afternoon. The Seawolves (50-12) commence a best-of-3 series against LSU (46-16) on Friday at Alex Box Stadium with the winner earning a trip to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
Game one on Friday will air live on ESPN2 beginning at noon Eastern Time, 11 a.m. local time. Game two also features a noon first pitch, while game three, if necessary, is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Stony Brook is the first America East program to reach the Super Regionals since the NCAA moved to the current format in 1999.
The Seawolves entered this year's tournament just 1-6 all-time in the Division I NCAA Tournament, but went 4-1 last weekend to win the Coral Gables Regional, defeating No. 1 Miami, No. 2 Central Florida and No. 3 Missouri State along the way, including the Knights twice. Stony Brook's offense exploded for 50 runs on 49 hits in the five games.
Sophomore right-hander Brandon McNitt (8-3, 2.69 ERA) will go up against LSU's freshman All-American right-hander Aaron Nola (7-4, 3.66 ERA) on the mound Friday.
Stony Brook is the only team in the country with 50 wins and is second in the nation with a team batting average of .336, averaging 7.3 runs per game.
Meanwhile, LSU has the highest all-time NCAA Tournament winning percentage (126-47,
.728), and the Tigers are appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the 25th
time. LSU has an 80-19 mark in regional games, an 11-8 record in super
regional games and a 35-20 mark in the College World Series. The Tigers
have won 19 regional titles, five super regional titles and six College
World Series championships (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2009).
Thursday, June 7, 2012 Practice Sessions (Open to Public)
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