SUPER SEAWOLVES!! Baseball headed to Super Regionals

June 5, 2012

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Coral Gables, Fla. - Junior William Carmona went 4-for-5 with three RBI and senior Tyler Johnsonwent 6.1 innings as the No. 4 Stony Brook baseball team won for the third time in two days, beating UCF, 10-6, to win the Coral Gables Regional and advance to its first ever Super Regional.

Stony Brook now travels to Baton Rouge to take on LSU in the Super Regionals beginning on Friday at 12 p.m. Game 2 will be Saturday at 12 p.m. and Game 3 would be Sunday at 1 p.m. All games will be aired on ESPN2 and all times are EST.

The Seawolves are just the third ever No. 4 seed to advance to the Super Regionals since the NCAA went to the Regional format in 1999. Stony Brook improves to 50-12 with the win, the first team in the nation to reach 50 wins this season.

SBU is also the first team in America East history to advance to the Super Regionals and the first to win a Regional since 1991. Stony Brook has won 26 of its last 28 games.

Pitching on two days rest, Johnson (11-1) picked up his second win of the Regional. Carmona went 11-for-21 with two HR and 10 RBI in the Regional and was named the Regional's Most Outstanding Player.

Joining Carmona on the All-Regional team were Johnson, juniors Travis Jankowski and Maxx Tissenbaum, sophomore Kevin Courtney and senior Pat Cantwell.

The Stony Brook offense continues its offensive explosion on Monday, collecting 12 hits. SBU finished the Regional with 50 runs and 49 hits.

UCF jumped to an early lead on a two-run home run from D.J. Hicks in the first. UCF then added a run in the third to push its lead to 3-0.

But the Seawolves answered back in the fourth, striking for five runs. Junior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) reached on a hit by the pitch and senior Sal Intagliata(Franklin Square, N.Y.) followed with a double to left.

Nivins came home on an RBI groundout for Stony Brook's first run of the game before Jankowski and Cantwell drew back-to-back walks to load the bases.

UCF brought in Chris Matulis to face Carmona, who laced a two-run double down the left-field line to tie the game 3-3. Tissenbaum followed with a push bunt down the line to bring home Cantwell and put the Seawolves ahead.

Sophomore Kevin Krause(Staten Island, N.Y.) capped the inning with a run-scoring single up the middle to make it 5-3. SBU tacked on two runs in the fifth on a two-out two-run single from Cantwell.

SBU pushed its lead to 9-3 with two more runs in the seventh. Johnson gave up a one-out solo home run to Hicks in the seventh but sophomore reliever Joshua Mason(Woodland Hills, Calif.) then came on in relief and retired two of the next three hitters to get out of the inning.

But the Seawolves answered right back in the seventh, as Carmona crushed a long home run to right-center field to lead off the inning.

UCF did not go quietly though as JoMarcos Woods hit a two-run home run with no outs in the eighth to bring UCF within four.

But Mason shut down UCF from there, getting the final six outs to send the Seawolves to the Super Regional.