No. 25 baseball drops 9-8 thriller to UCF

June 2, 2012

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Coral Gables, Fla. - The No. 4 Stony Brook baseball team rallied from an early five-run deficit but Jeramy Matos hit a three-run home run in the sixth to break a 5-5 tie and the No. 2 UCF Knights then held on for a 9-8 victory in a winner's bracket game at the Coral Gables Regional on Saturday.

Stony Brook faces No. 3 Missouri State in an elimination game on Sunday at 2 p.m. The winner of that game takes on UCF in the title game at 7 p.m. and will have to beat the Knights twice to win the Regional.

The Seawolves fall to 47-12 with the loss and had their 12-game winning streak snapped. SBU will be facing Missouri St. for the first time in program history.

Junior Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) had a double and a home run and drove in five runs. Junior William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) added two hits and pair of RBI for the Seawolves, who out-hit UCF 11-6.

Stony Brook trailed 9-5 entering the eighth but senior Sal Intagliata (Franklin Square, N.Y.) walked to lead off and freshman Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) followed with a single.

Jankowski doubled two in with one out and then scored on a run-scoring single from Cantwell, who advanced to second on the throw home.

Carmona then drilled a ball to the right field wall that right-fielder Alex Friedrich reeled in for the second out. UCF closer Joe Rogers then came in and retired junior Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario) on a grounder to second to end the inning.

Junior James Campbell (Bridgeport, Conn.) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth and junior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) then reached on a passed ball to lead off the bottom half of the ninth.

Freshman Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move Nivins to second before Rogers struck out Intagliata for the second out.

Krause then worked the count full and hit the ball sharply but right at UCF shortstop Darnell Sweeney, who fielded cleanly and threw to first to end the game.

UCF grabbed the early lead with two runs in the first, loading the bases with no outs. Sophomore Brandon McNitt struck out D.J. Hicks for the first out and Friedrich then hit the ball sharply to Peragine at short.

Peragine fielded cleanly and threw to Tisenbaum, who stepped on second and fired to first. But his throw skipped just under the glove of Courtney and two runs came around to score.

The Knights pushed their lead to 5-0 in the second on a Sweeney two-out three-run home run.

But the Seawolves answered back in the bottom of the second as Krause doubled with two outs and Courtney followed by drawing a walk. Jankowski then lined a home run down the right-field line to bring Stony Brook within two.

Stony Brook then evened the score 5-5 in the fourth on Carmona two-run double up the alley in left-center field. McNitt had retired 11 straight after retiring Hicks to open the sixth but Friedrich singled to right and Ryan Breen walked.

Matos followed with the home run to left-center field to break the tie and give the Knights an 8-5 lead. UCF then added an insurance run in the seventh to make it 9-5.