Stony Brook story ends a bit early
BY Stacey Dickens
Monday, June 18, 2012
6/18/12 at 5:20 AM
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A lopsided loss to Florida State made for a cold ending to the Stony Brook baseball team's feel-good story.
It surely will take time for coach Matt Senk and his players to shake off the disappointment of a 12-2 defeat on Sunday, especially on the heels of another blowout loss that left them outscored 21-3 in their two games at the College World Series.
Eventually, they might remember the season more for their incredible journey rather than the results of their trip in Omaha.
"I know that it was like nothing else that's ever happened, I think, for a college team certainly from Long Island," Senk said. "Hopefully this team has done some things that will have a ripple effect that goes on for a long, long time for our athletic department, our university, the Long Island community."
Stony Brook had overcome big deficits and staved off elimination five times in the NCAA tournament. But the Seawolves couldn't recover from shortstop Cole Peragine's two-run throwing error that opened the door for Florida State's six-run third inning.
Justin Gonzalez and Devon Travis homered to help the Seminoles build an early 9-0 lead against the CWS first-timers.
"It's a hard loss," third baseman William Carmona said, "but I look back on the season and I think we did what no one thought we could ever do. ... I'll never forget that."
FSU (49-16) rebounded from a 4-3, 12-inning loss to Arizona on Friday and scored at least 12 runs for the third time in four games.
Stony Brook (52-15), little known outside the Northeast, stunned the college baseball world by upsetting six-time national champion LSU in a three-game super regional to reach the CWS.
A Division I baseball program for only 12 years, the Seawolves came to Omaha much celebrated for their "Shock The World" mantra.
They were the first team from their part of the country to play at the CWS since Maine in 1986.
Arizona 4, UCLA 0: Konner Wade pitched a five-hit shutout, Arizona did its scoring on five straight fourth-inning hits, and the Wildcats beat Pac-12 rival UCLA.
The win puts the Wildcats (45-17) in control of Bracket 1 and gives them three days off. They are one victory away from the best-of-three finals, in which they would play for their fourth national championship and first since 1986.
UCLA (48-15), which lost for the first time in 11 games, plays Florida State in an elimination game on Tuesday.
Wade (10-3) outdueled Nick Vander Tuig (10-4), throwing his first career shutout and fifth complete game of the season.
It was Arizona's sixth shutout in 62 CWS games and its first since Craig Lefferts blanked Michigan in 1980.
Seth Mejias-Brean's bases-loaded single drove in the Wildcats' first two runs, and Bobby Brown followed with a two-RBI double.
Florida State 12, Stony Brook 2
Compton, B.Johnson (7), Holtmann (8), Waugh (9) and McGee; McNitt, Campbell (4), Mason (6), Vanderka (9) and Cantwell. W: Compton, 12-2. L: McNitt, 8-4. HR: Florida St., Travis (8), Gonzalez (9).
Arizona 4, UCLA 0
Vander Tuig, Watson (7), Berg (7) and Heineman; Wade and Moore. W: Wade (10-3). L: Vander Tuig (10-4).
College World Series
At TD Ameritrade Park Omaha,Omaha, Neb.
Double elimination (x-if necessary)
Game 1: UCLA 9, Stony Brook 1
Game 2: Arizona 4, Florida State 3, 12 inn.
Game 3: Arkansas 8, Kent State 1
Game 4: South Carolina 7, Florida 3
Game 5: Florida State 12, Stony Brook 2, Stony Brook eliminated
Game 6: Arizona 4, UCLA 0
Game 7: Kent State (46-19) vs. Florida (47-19), 4 p.m.
Game 8: Arkansas (45-20) vs. South Carolina (46-17), 8 p.m.
Game 9: Florida State (49-16) vs. UCLA (48-15), 7 p.m.
Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 7 p.m.
Game 11: Game 6 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 4 p.m.
Game 12: Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 8 p.m.
x-Game 13: Game 6 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 4 p.m.
x-Game 14: Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 8 p.m.
If only one game is necessary, it will start at 7 p.m.
Game 1: 7 p.m.
Game 2: 7 p.m.
x-Game 3: 7 p.m.
Florida State's John Holland (right) greets teammate Devon Travis (8) at home plate after Travis hit a two-run home run against Stony Brook during the College World Series Sunday in Omaha, Neb. MATT MILLER/Omaha World-Herald/AP