Seawolves Sweep Hardware On Eve Of Championship
Stony Brook junior outfielder Travis Jankowski captures the league’s Player of the Year, becoming the second-ever and second-straight Seawolf to earn the honor. Teammates Tyler Johnson, a senior right-handed pitcher, and Cole Peragine, a freshman infielder, earn the America East Pitcher of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards, respectively.
Jankowski has had a career campaign as a junior, playing center field and batting leadoff for the Seawolves. A native of Lancaster, Pa., Jankowski leads the league with a .397 batting average, 81 hits, 59 runs and nine triples. He has also driven in 35 runs, belted 16 doubles and a career-best four home runs. He sits behind only teammate Willie Carmona in the conference stats with 127 total bases. With the same speed he has used to make 133 putouts in the outfield against just one error this season, Jankowski has also stolen 34 bases in 40 attempts, nearly double the number of steals as the next closest America East player. The junior leads the nation with his nine triples and ranks among the nation’s top 20 in batting average, runs and stolen bases.
Johnson is the ace of the Stony Brook pitching staff which leads America East with a 2.83 earned run average. The 6-foot right-hander out of Chatsworth, Calif. paces the conference with a 1.84 ERA in 11 appearances, only allowing 15 runs in 68.1 innings pitched. He has accumulated an 8-1 record, including 6-0 in league play, and hasn’t surrendered a triple or a home run this season. Johnson threw five shutouts, including three against America East opponents and an eight-inning, seven-strikeout complete-game effort against Kansas on March 9. He is a three-time America East Pitcher of the Week honoree.
Peragine has started 53 games, all at shortstop, for Stony Brook in his debut season. The rookie from Belle Ewart, Ontario is batting .335 this season with 35 runs scored and 35 runs batted in. Peragine has recorded nine multiple RBI games and ripped six triples. In conference games only, he ranks sixth and leads all freshmen in the league batting .400 to go with 18 runs scored and 13 RBI. Peragine, who earned Rookie of the Week honors twice this season, enters the tournament with a nine-game hit streak.
Senk claims Coach of the Year recognition in back-to-back seasons after leading the Seawolves to their second straight America East Regular Season Championship. Stony Brook leads Division I with a .796 winning percentage after eclipsing the program record for wins in a season set by last year’s team. The Seawolves, who host this year’s America East Baseball Championship May 23-25, rank among the nation’s top ten in batting average, ERA, fielding percentage and WHIP. Stony Brook also has a league-high 12 all-conference selections, including seven first-team picks.
Jankowski and Johnson are unanimous first-team all-conference designees. Joining Johnson on the first-team starting pitching staff are Binghamton University senior Mike Augliera (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge), the Division I leader in strikeout-to-walk ratio, University of Maine sophomore Shaun Coughlin (Northfield, Conn./Xavier) and Seawolf sophomore Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif./Bishop Amat). Binghamton junior relief pitcher Lee Sosa (Bronx, N.Y./Harry S. Truman) rounds out the first-team hurlers. Stony Brook catcher Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip), second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario/York Mills Collegiate), third baseman William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y./Hempstead), UMBC first baseman Max Himmelstein (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown), and Maine shortstop Mike Fransoso (Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth) make up the first-team infield. University at Albany junior Nolan Gaige (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) and Seawolves Jankowski and Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario/St. Mary’s) man the first-team outfield, and Great Dane senior designated hitter Mike Tirri (Lake George, N.Y./Lake George) rounds out the top team.
Peragine headlines the second team as the shortstop and as one of three freshmen, along with teammates Steven Goldstein (East Meadow, N.Y./St. Dominic) at outfield and Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) as the designated hitter. Albany junior Austin Chase (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia), Binghamton junior Jake Lambert (La Jolla, Calif./San Diego City College), Maine junior Steve Perakslis (Abington, Mass./Abington) and Stony Brook senior Evan Stecko-Haley (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Glades) comprise the second-team starting rotation, and Seawolf sophomore Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur) is the reliever on the mound. Complementing Peragine in the infield is Maine junior catcher Tyler Patzalek (Burlington, Ontario/Notre Dame), Albany sophomore first baseman Josh Nethaway (Fonda, N.Y./Fonda-Fultonville), Binghamton sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares (Toa Alta, P.R./Montverde Academy), and University of Hartford senior third baseman Simon Kudernatsch (Czech Republic/Prague West). Albany sophomore D.J. Hoagboon and UMBC senior Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) join Goldstein in the outfield to finish off the second team.
Goldstein, Peragine, Binghamton’s Brian Ruby (Endwell, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) and Jake Thomas (Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun) and Maine’s Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine/Westbrook) were unanimous all-rookie selections. Albany infielders Gordon Madej (Santa Clara, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) and Joe Tracy (Elmont, N.Y./St. Mary’s), Hartford pitcher Sean Newcomb (Middleboro, Mass./Middleboro), UMBC pitcher and outfielder Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) and Krause complete the all-rookie team.
The 2012 America East Baseball Championship gets underway on Wednesday, May 23 at 11 a.m. and will conclude on Friday, May 25, with Saturday, May 26 available in case of weather or an if necessary game. The tournament champion will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.