Baseball beats UCF to advance to Regional Final
June 3, 2012
Coral Gables, Fla. - Junior Jasvir Rakkar pitched 6.0+ innings and the No. 25 Stony Brook baseball team scored seven runs over the first 4.0 innings and then held off a late rally from No. 15 UCF, defeating the Knights, 12-5, in game six of the Coral Gables Regional on Sunday night. The teams will now meet in a winner-take-all game seven on Monday at 7 p.m. with a trip to the Super Regionals on the line.
The victory over UCF came after Seawolves rallied from five runs down to defeat Missouri St. just hours earlier.
Stony Brook becomes the first America East team to advance to a Regional Final since the NCAA went to the Regional format in 1999 and its 49 wins is also a conference record.
The Seawolves had a combined 25 hits in the two games and scored 22 runs. Junior Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) had three hits in each game and sophomore Kevin Courtney had four hits and four RBI including the go-ahead hit against Missouri St.
Making just his third start of the season, Rakkar struck out six and gave up seven hits. Sophomore Joshua Mason came on and pitched the final 3.0 innings without allowing a hit to earn his third save.
Stony Brook jumped to an early lead, scoring three runs in the second with the help of two UCF errors. D.J. Hicks answered with a solo home run in the bottom of the inning to bring UCF within 3-1.
But the Seawolves got that run back in the third as freshman Kevin Krause's second double of the game drove in junior Maxx iTissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario).
SBU pushed its lead to 7-1 in the fourth with three runs highlighted by an RBI double from senior Pat Cantwell and a run-scoring single from junior William Carmona. UCF got an unearned run in the fifth but a Tissenbaum RBI single in the sixth gave Stony Brook an 8-2 lead.
UCF rallied back in the seventh as the first five Knights of the inning reached base to cut the Stony Brook lead to 8-4 and drive Rakkar from the game. Mason came on in relief with the bases loaded and no outs.
Chris Taladay then hit a screaming line drive but freshman shortstop Cole Peragine made a diving catch for the first out of the inning. Alex Friedrich made it 8-5 with a sacrifice fly before Mason struck out Hicks swinging to get out of the jam.
The Seawolves answered back in the eighth though with three runs of their own to make it 11-5 before Mason nailed down the victory with two more scoreless innings.