Stony Brook faces elimination against Florida State Sunday evening.
Stony Brook faces elimination against Florida State Sunday evening.
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Stony Brook's McNitt Takes The Mound Against Florida State

Release: 06/14/2012

Sunday, June 17

The Seawolves (52-14) face off against Florida State (48-16) Sunday evening in a must-win game if Stony Brook wants to extend its stay in Omaha. Both teams fell to the losers' bracket after losses on Friday, including Stony Brook's 9-1 loss to No. 2 overall seed UCLA.

Sunday's game doesn't get any easier after facing UCLA on Friday -- the Seminoles are the No. 3 overall seed in this year's NCAA bracket and have breezed through the tournament up until Friday. Florida State won three straight games in the Regional, and then swept Stanford in the Super Regional, which included a 17-1 shellacking of arguably the nation's top pitcher in Mark Appel.

The Orlando Sentinel,, Newsday and all have previews of Sunday's match up.

Tonight's game will be on ESPN2, ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN apps.

For more media links and more College World Series coverage, head over to AExtra.

Friday, June 15

The Seawolves are quickly becoming Omaha's favorite team

As we sit about a couple of hours out from the Stony Brook - UCLA matchup at 5 ET on ESPN2, it's still unbelievable to fathom how the Seawolves have created such a media frenzy over the last week. The media frenzy as transformed into a fan frenzy as these young men are becoming fan favorites overnight with a Tyler Johnson or Travis Jankowski autograph being the hot item this week in Omaha.

As Aaron Fitt from Baseball America writes, "Yes, it's fair to say the Seawolves are an Omaha sensation—and the first pitch hasn't even been thrown in the 2012 CWS."

Read more about the Seawolves' new stardom in Omaha and nation-wide over at AExtra.

Baseball Putting The University In the Spotlight

The Stony Brook Athletic Department is putting the Long Island University on the map.

“They’ve become red-hot,” said Scott Middleton, the president of the Stony Brook alumni association board. “There’s no other way to put it. They’re really the front porch for the university.”

A New York Times article this week delved into the success of Seawolves' athletics, but as Middleton's comment to the Times alludes to, the department was the face of the University even before the recent run to the College World Series by its baseball team, a fact that us here at the America East office certainly already noticed. To read more about the year of the Seawolf over at AEXtra.

Thursday, June 14

The Seawolves' baseball team arrived in Omaha on Wednesday for the program's first-ever College World Series, beginning with a 5 p.m. ET matchup against UCLA on Friday at TD Ameritrade Stadium.

Stony Brook participated in media and practice day on Thursday. Read more about the day at the park at AExtra here and get a behind the scenes look at the ESPN portion of the day with this video. Head Coach Matt Senk also participated in a press conference with the other three coaches in Stony Brook's side of the bracket. Those press conference quotes can be found here.

On Wednesday junior outfielder Travis Jankowski earned NCBWA First-Team All-American honors as he leads the Seawolves into the College World Series. Jankowski tops the lineup with a .422 batting average, but six other Seawolves also have averages north of .300, and two others sit at .296.

Watch Friday's game on ESPN2, as well as on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN apps, and stay tuned to and the America East on Twitter as we share all the action from Omaha.