Baseball falls to UCLA in College World Series

Pat Cantwell

June 15, 2012

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Omaha, Neb. - UCLA posted a five-run first inning, and the Stony Brook baseball team was unable to make a comeback, as the Bruins defeated the Seawolves, 9-1, in the first game of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Senior Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) homered for the Seawolves while junior Jasvir Rakkar (Brampton, Ontario) was solid in 4-1/3 innings of relief.

Stony Brook now will head into the losers bracket and face Florida State in an elimination game Sunday at 5 p.m., Eastern live on ESPN2.

UCLA put up a five-spot in the first inning off of Seawolves starter Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.). After back-to-back singles and a walk to open the inning, Jeff Gelalich hit a line drive single into right to plate a pair of runs. Trevor Brown followed with a opposite field single to the right-center gap to make it 3-0 Bruins. Pat Valaika laid down a squeeze play to score the fourth run, and Kevin Kramer knocked in the fifth run with an infield single that hit third base before William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) could field the ball.

Stony Brook had a chance to respond in the second inning after Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario) and Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) had back-to-back singles and Steve Goldstein (East Meadow, N.Y.) walked to load the bases with one out. However, Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) struck out swinging, and Sal Intagliata (Franklin Square, N.Y.) fouled out to first to end the threat.

The Seawolves etched a crooked number on the scoreboard in the top of the third when Cantwell drilled a long home run to left just inside the foul pole on a 3-1 pitch from UCLA starter Adam Plutko.

UCLA came right back and posted two more runs when Kevin Williams blasted a long double to dead center over the head of Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.). The Bruins led 7-1 after three innings.

Stony Brook threatened again in the top of the fifth as a Courtney walk and Intagliata double put runners on second and third with nobody out. However, Jankowski hit a grounder to first, and UCLA's Trevor Brown recorded the out unassisted and then threw home to gun down Courtney at the plate. The Seawolves were unable to score.

Stony Brook had just seven baserunners as the Seawolves were stymied by Plutko, who threw seven innings and allowed just five hits and two walks while striking out seven.