Stony Brook wins first regional title
Carmona delivers four hits, three RBIs as Seawolves move on
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- For the first time ever, America East is sending a team to the NCAA Super Regionals as Stony Brook capped off its incredible weekend with a 10-6 win against Central Florida in the Coral Gables Regional final at Miami's Alex Rodriguez Park on Monday evening.
The Seawolves, just the third No. 4 seed to advance to the round of 16 since the NCAA changed its format in 1999, will face No. 7 national seed LSU next weekend in a best-of-three set in Baton Rouge this weekend with a trip to the College World Series on the line.
On Monday, Stony Brook (50-12) fell behind 3-0 to UCF, but has it has all tournament overcame that deficit with a big inning -- scoring five times in the fourth. William Carmona, who had four hits in the game, delivered the big blow, a two-run double down the left field line, which tied the game at 3-3. Maxx Tissenbaum followed with a safety squeeze, which plated to go-ahead run and Kevin Krause delivered an RBI since to give SBU a 5-3 lead after four.
The Seawolves, who joined Missouri (2006) and Fresno State (2008) as No. 4 seeds to win regional rounds, would tack on five more over the next three innings, capped by a long solo homer to right by Carmona and their pitching would do the rest. Going on just two days rest, ace Tyler Johnson -- the America East Pitcher of the Year -- threw 119 pitches over 6.1 innings and allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out five. Joshua Mason finished it off by allowing just two runs in 2.2 innings of work and retired the last six batters he faced to seal the win.
Stony Brook put on an offensive clinic in the regional, scoring 50 runs in its five games, which included two wins against Central Florida and victories against top-seeded Miami and Missouri State. The Seawolves -- who have the most wins in the nation -- beat the Hurricanes 10-2 in their opener before dropping a 9-8 heartbreaker to Central Florida on Saturday. But SBU, winner of 26 of its last 28 games, responded with three consecutive victories -- 10-7 against Missouri State and 12-5 against UCF on Sunday, before capturing the regional with Monday's win.