America East Champs! Baseball downs Maine to win title

The Seawolves four seniors hold the Championship trophy.
The Seawolves four seniors hold the Championship trophy.
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May 25, 2012

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Stony Brook, N.Y. - Most Outstanding Player James Campbell threw 4.0 innings of scoreless relief and junior William Carmona drove in four runs as the No. 1 Stony Brook baseball team won its second America East championship in three seasons with a 13-6 win over No. 4 Maine on Friday, earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

The NCAA Tournament selection show will be carried live on ESPNU on Monday at 12 p.m. Campbell (5-0) earned the save in yesterday's win over Binghamton and then came on relief against Maine to earn the victory, allowing just two hits in his 4.0 innings of work.

Joining Campbell on the All-tournament team were senior Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) and juniors Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario) and Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.).

The 2012 America East Player of the Year, Jankowski hit .600 (9-for-15) with five RBI and seven runs scored in the tournament. Tissenbaum had seven hits in 10 at-bats and also had five RBI.

Ranked No. 30 in the latest NCBWA poll, Stony Brook's victory over Maine was its 11th straight and 22 in the last 23 games. The Seawolves are now 46-11 on the season and own the best winning percentage (.807) in Division I.

It was Stony Brook's fourth all-time America East championship and third in the last five years.

The teams exchanged the lead three teams over the first three innings, with Stony Brook scoring three in the third to take a 6-3 advantage.

But Maine answered right back against Stony Brook junior Evan Stecko-Haley (Coral Springs, Fla.) in the fourth as a Justin Leisenheimer RBI double made it 6-4 and put runners on second and third with no out.



Campbell came on in relief and both Ian and Justin Leisenheimer came around to score to tie the game 6-6 but both scored on Maine outs. Campbell then got Mike Fransoso to fly out to left to get out of the jam.

The scored stayed tied until the sixth when Carmona tripled to left-center field with one out. Tissenbaum followed with a run-scoring single up the middle to put Stony Brook in front for good.

SBU put the game out of reach with four runs in the seventh capped by a long three-run home run from Carmona that sailed over the Stony Brook bullpen in right.

Sophomore Frankie Vanderka relieved Campbell to start the eighth and pitched the final 2.0 innings to secure the victory for the Seawolves.

Jankowski had three hits, three RBI and three runs scored in the game while Tissenbaum had a pair of hits and two runs driven in.