Stony Brook University of New York beat six-time national champion Louisiana State to reach baseball’s College World Series for the first time in school history.
Sophomore pitcher Frankie Vanderka allowed two runs over nine innings yesterday as Stony Brook won 7-2 in the decisive third game of their best-of-three super regional in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The victory came one day after the Seawolves beat LSU 3-1 to avenge a 5-4 Game 1 loss.
Stony Brook, which is on the north shore of Long Island approximately 60 miles east of New York City, was the fourth seed out of four teams in its regional and eliminated Miami, Central Florida and Missouri State to earn a spot against LSU.
The Seawolves (52-13) are the second fourth seed to reach the College World Series, joining Fresno State, which in 2008 won the National Collegiate Athletic Association title.
Leadoff hitter Travis Jankowski had four hits for Stony Brook, which scored six runs over the first four innings last night in winning for the 28th time in its past 30 games. The school competed at the Division III level before moving up to Division I, the NCAA’s highest level, in 1999.
The University of Arizona, UCLA, Florida and Florida State have also advanced to the eight-team College World Series, which is held in Omaha, Nebraska, from June 15-26.