Stony Brook surges past UCF
Seawolves score seven runs in first four innings to secure victory
CORAL GABELS, Fla. - Junior Jasvir Rakkar pitched six-plus innings and Stony Brook scored seven runs in the first four innings and then held off a late rally from 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 on Monday, with a trip to the Super Regionals on the line.
The victory against 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 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.
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.