June 1, 2012
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Around the Regionals
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Stony Brook Stuns Miami
(photo by Eric Espada)
GABLES, Fla. –
It was said before play began that the Coral Gables Regional
might be the toughest one to get out of. Host and No. 1 seed
Miami got a taste of why analysts were saying that Friday night
at Alex Rodriguez Park.
six strong innings from starter Tyler Johnson, opportunistic
hitting and shaky defense from the opposition, No. 4 seed Stony
Brook shocked Miami 10-2 to advance to play UCF in the winners’
bracket. Miami dips into the losers’ bracket for a date with
think the team that you saw tonight is a team that, quite
frankly, went out and played like that on a regular basis,”
Stony Brook coach Matt Senk said. “For some
people who are not so much in the know in college baseball,
there might be a ‘wow factor’ to that because it is Stony
3-for-5 night with three RBI from second baseman and clean-up
hitter Maxx Tissenbaum led the Seawolves’ offensive charge.
a great opportunity to play in front of a crowd like that, and
you just hope you can go out and do everything you can to help
your team get a win,” Tissenbaum said. “That’s kind of what
everybody did. You can pick out a lot of guys that did a lot of
great things for us.”
Seawolves (47-11), who have gone 35-3 since April 1, also got
multi-hit performances from the entire top of the order in
Travis Jankowski, Pat Cantwell and William Carmona, who
topped off the victory with a three-run homer to right in the
eighth inning to make it a 9-2 ball game.
were coming in with fastballs the whole game,” Carmona said. “I
was letting them go by, and finally I decided to put a good
swing on one, and it just happened to go out.”
Meanwhile, Stony Brook starter Tyler Johnson went 6.1 innings
against the Canes (36-22), giving up two earned runs off eight
hits, striking out three and walking another three.
“That’s kind of typical Tyler Johnson,” Senk said. “He’s always
around the zone. He’s pitching to contact, and our guys love
playing behind him. He competes, and that’s what Tyler’s all
Seawolves, the America East champs who came into the regional
with the nation’s best winning percentage, were able to chase
Miami sixth-year starting pitcher Eric Erickson earlier than he
wished to go, scoring two runs in the second and two more in the
Erickson’s final line over five innings was four runs (two
earned) and six hits. He struck out two and didn’t walk a
batter, although he hit two.
Miami tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the fourth with a Brad
Fieger two-run blast over the left-field scoreboard, the
Seawolves responded right back in the top of the fifth.
Tissenbaum drove in two with a two-out
single over the second baseman’s head. Stony Brook got its first
two runners on that frame, moved them over and set up Tissenbaum
with runners in scoring position.
Tissenbaum spoke about how the challenge
of playing a storied baseball program in its house did not scare
think every time we come to the yard, coach expects us to win,
we expect ourselves to win,” Tissenbaum said. “That’s part of
the way that you build a winning program. You can’t come out
there expecting that anybody’s going to be too good for you. You
have to come in confident, but ready with your preparation. I
think that’s what we’ve done.”
Miami, the three errors and three unearned runs plus the
lackluster pitching and hitting performances, had coach Jim
the worst big game that the University of Miami has played in my
entire coaching career,” Morris said. “I’m very sad to watch the
way we played tonight. Stony Brook played outstanding, and we
played just the opposite.”
Brandon McNitt (8-2, 2.26 ERA) will take the hill for the
Seawolves against UCF Saturday. For Miami, left-hander Steven
Ewing (6-2, 3.28 ERA) will go up against Missouri State.
Stony Brook, advantageous of two Miami errors,
struck first scoring two runs in the second. The two Miami
captains were the ones committing the errors on separate bunt
plays—first Peter O’Brien whiffing on an Erickson throw to
first, and then Erickson sailing a throw to first over O’Brien’s
· Hurricanes reliever Adam Sargent had a similar
lapse in the seventh, sailing a double-play ball over second
base to allow a run to score.
Cantwell, Carmona and Tissenbaum hit consecutive
singles to rally off Miami reliever Chris Diaz for a run before
that play occurred.
· Second baseman Tissenbaum, in addition to his
great game at the plate, saved a run in the fifth with the
Seawolves up 4-2 by diving to his left preventing a ball off the
bat of Chantz Mack to get into right field with two out and a
runner on third.
· Of what Carmona says he expects fans to say when
they find out that Stony Brook beat Miami, he said, “I think
they’re going to read the paper and be like, ‘Oh wow. I guess
Stony Brook’s for real.’”
· Post-game, Senk wanted to express apologetic
sentiments toward Miami coach Jim Morris for a Steven Goldstein
steal in the eighth inning with the game already out of hand.
Senk says the play resulted from a miscommunication in the sign
Goldstein was given and Senk pulled Goldstein from the game
· In the winners’ bracket, Stony Brook prepares to
face off against UCF Saturday at 7 p.m.
· The Miami-Missouri State elimination game will
take place Saturday at 2 p.m.