Stony Brook routs top-seeded Canes
Cantwell, Jankowski, Carmona have two hits to pace Seawolves
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Junior Maxx Tissenbaum had three hits and three RBI as fourth-seeded Stony Brook beat top-seed Miami (Fla.) 10-2 in the opening game of the Coral Gables Regional on Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park.
Stony Brook advances to take on Central Florida in a winner's bracket game at 7 p.m. ET Saturday.
Senior Tyler Johnson picked up the win, allowing two runs in 6.1 innings. It is the second Division I NCAA tournament victory for No. 25 Stony Brook, with the first coming against N.C. State at the 2010 Myrtle Beach Regional.
Senior Pat Cantwell and juniors Travis Jankowski and William Carmona added two hits apiece for the Seawolves, who improved to 47-11 with the victory.
Stony Brook has won 12 consecutive games and 23 of its past 24.
The Seawolves jumped on top with two runs in the second inning as Tissenbaum lead off with a bloop double to left and then scored when Miami starter Eric Erickson fielded a bunt from junior Tanner Nivins and threw it away.
Freshman Kevin Krause followed with another sacrifice bunt and Erickson again threw it away, allowing Nivins to cross the plate with Stony Brook's second run.
Miami put runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the second but Johnson then snagged a Peter O'Brien liner up the middle and doubled off Brad Fieger at first. He then picked off Rony Rodriguez at first get out of the jam.
The Hurricans evened the score at two in the fourth on two-run home run from Fieger. Miami nearly scored more but Johnson got out of a second-and-third, one-out jam to keep it tied.
Stony Brook answered right back in the fifth, taking a 4-2 lead on a two-out, two-run single from Tissenbaum that dropped just over the head of second baseman Stephen Perez into right field.
Miami threatened in the bottom of the fifth, putting a runner on third with one out. But Johnson struck out Dale Carey looking and Tissenbaum then made a diving play in the hole on a Chantz Mack grounder to end the inning.
Stony Brook added two insurance runs in the seventh, including one on a run-scoring single through the left side from Tissenbaum.
Carmona then put away the game in the eighth with a long three-run home run to right.
Junior James Campbell pitched 1.2 scoreless innings of relief and junior Jasvir Rakkar pitched the ninth to seal the victory.