Jan. 28, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook Baseball team put a cap on a dream 2012 season that featured its "Shock the World" run to the College World Series by coming back together to receive its championship rings in a ceremony held at the Wang Center last Saturday.
With alumni and family in attendance, Director of Athletics Jim Fiore and head coach Matt Senk presented the Seawolves their rings and replica College World Series trophies. In addition, New York State Congressman Tim Bishop presented each member of the team a Congressional Resolution celebrating Stony Brook's achievement.
After the ceremony, the team was then honored during the Stony Brook men's basketball game vs. Maine at Pritchard Gymnasium and signed autographs for fans post game.
After winning the America East championship, the Seawolves upended Miami (FL), Missouri State and Central Florida to win the Coral Gables Regional and advance to the Baton Rouge Super Regional against six-time national champion, LSU. The Tigers took game one, but Stony Brook bounced back to win games two and three to shock the world and advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
The Seawolves capped the 2012 campaign with 52 wins, a program record, and laid claim to being the first-ever America East team and first Northeast Region team since 1986 to reach the College World Series. Head coach Matt Senk was named the National Collegiate Basetball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Coach of the Year, and outfielder Travis Jankowski was named the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) National Co-Player of the Year.
Stony Brook will return 16 letterwinners from its College World Series team in 2013, including 2012 freshmen All-Americans Kevin Krause and Cole Peragine and star pitchers Brandon McNitt and Frankie Vanderka. Spring training is underway in preparation for the 2013 opener at Florida International on Friday, Feb. 15.