Stony Brook University’s best season and first trip to baseball’s College World Series ended with a 12-2 loss to Florida State.
Stony Brook, which is 60 miles (97 kilometers) east of New York City on Long Island, was eliminated from the tournament in Omaha, Nebraska, when it lost consecutive games for the first time in almost two months. The Seawolves, in their first trip to the final round of the College World Series, lost their opening game 9-1 three days ago to UCLA.
Stony Brook (52-15) began playing Division I baseball in 2000 and was the first school from the Northeast U.S. to qualify for the College World Series’s eight-team final round since the National Collegiate Athletic Association abandoned geographic regionals in 1987.
After allowing five first-inning runs in their loss to UCLA, the Seawolves gave up a six-run third inning yesterday against Florida State. All six of the Seminoles’ runs came with two outs, including five after a throwing error by shortstop Cole Peragine. Justin Gonzalez capped the scoring streak with a three-run home run and Devon Travis added a two-run shot in the fourth inning to put Florida State up 9-0.
Stony Brook hadn’t lost consecutive games since March 25.
The Seawolves were the worst seed among the eight teams to advance to Omaha, having advanced from the opening round with wins over the University of Miami, the University of Central Florida and Missouri State University before stunning six-time national champion Louisiana State in a best-of-three series.
Florida State, which lost its opening game in Omaha to the University of Arizona 4-3 in 12 innings, will next face UCLA in an elimination game tomorrow. Arizona shut out UCLA 4-0 last night as Konner Wade pitched a complete-game five-hitter.
The University of Florida plays Kent State today in an elimination game in Omaha, while two-time defending champion South Carolina faces Arkansas in a winner’s bracket matchup.