BATON ROUGE, La.-- Stony Brook baseball won the deciding game three in the Baton Rouge Super Regional 7-2 over seventh-seeded LSU to punch the program's first-ever ticket to the College World Series in Omaha beginning Friday, June 15.
Stony Brook (52-13) is just the second No. 4 seed in an NCAA Regional to advance to the College World Series. Fresno State advanced as a four seed in 2008 and went on to win the National Championship.
The Seawolves are the first America East team to win a Super Regional and first to reach the College World Series since the league began sponsoring baseball in 1990.
member Maine made seven College World Series appearances with two
third-place finishes and a fourth-place finish, but all came prior to
Sophomore right-hander Frankie Vanderka gave the Seawolves their second straight complete game outing by a starting pitcher after Tyler Johnson pitched a nine-inning three-hitter in Saturday's game two win. Vanderka finished with 9.0 innings pitched and five strikeouts, allowing LSU (47-18) just three hits and two earned runs in his sixth start of the season.
Meanwhile, the Stony Brook bats belted out 15 hits led by America East Player of the Year Travis Jankowski's 4-for-6 night with a double and two runs scored. William Carmona, the MOP of the Coral Gables Regional, went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and an RBI, while Maxx Tissenbaum drove in three runs with two doubles and a 2-for-4 night.
Stony Brook struck for three runs on three consecutive two-out hits in
the third. Jankowski, who had singled and scored in the first, started
the rally with a double and scored on Tissenbaum’s double. Kevin
Krause and Cole Peragine followed with RBI singles that knocked out LSU
starter Ryan Eades (5-3). Joe Broussard, LSU’s third pitcher of the
inning, struck out Sal Intagliata to leave the bases loaded.
Tissenbaum’s second double of the game, which was misplayed by Mason Katz in
center, drove in two to make it 6-1 in the fourth. The Tigers never got
closer than 6-2 after that, and at one point, about two dozen fans
wearing Stony Brook red — surrounded by more than 10,000 LSU fans —
could be heard chanting ”S-B-U!”
The Seawolves enter Omaha this week winners of 28 of their last 31 games and with the most wins (52) of any other Division I program.