June 3, 2012
#4 Stony Brook 12, #2 UCF 5
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CORAL GABLES, Fla.
Stony Brook recovered from two different early five-run deficits
to come back and eliminate No. 3 seed Missouri State 10-7 Sunday
at the Coral Gables Regional.
Campbell struck out the Bears’ four and five hitters with the
bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to save the game and
advance the Seawolves into a meeting with the UCF Knights later
in the evening.
still have a long way to go,” Stony Brook coach Matt Senk said.
“We’re in that championship game and obviously excited about
that and looking to take care of what we have to take care of
and get this thing to tomorrow.”
seven-run seventh turned a 7-3 Missouri State lead into a
three-run Stony Brook lead that the Seawolves would not
credit to Stony Brook,” Missouri State coach Keith Guttin said.
“They had the big [seventh] inning on us, and that really hadn’t
been done to us all year.”
the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of that seventh,
nine-hole hitter Kevin Courtney, who also doubled to lead off
the rally that frame, cleared the bases with a double over left
fielder Keenen Maddox’s head for the game-winning hit.
“Courtney had two at-bats where he struck out and looked, I
think Kevin would admit, grudgingly, overmatched,” Senk said.
“Then he had a big hit and it just went from there.”
Missouri State reliever Erik Shannahan walked Steven Goldstein
with the bases loaded to tie the game before granting Courtney
way for the bases-clearing double.
Courtney finished 2 for 4 with the three RBI and one run. Center
fielder and leadoff man Travis Jankowski pitched in with a
day started with Stony Brook (48-12) appearing to be down and
out early. Starter Evan Stecko-Haley gave up five runs in the
first and was pulled after getting an out in the second.
However, Frankie Vanderka came on in relief in the second, and
after giving up two runs in that frame, held the Bears’ offense
in check and took the game into the ninth for Campbell to close
told me I was first out of the pen,” Vanderka said. “I knew I
didn’t have my all today. I just wanted to spot up, throw
strikes and leave it to the defense.”
Vanderka put zero after zero on the board
to keep the Seawolves in the game, and eventually earned the win
for his 6.2 innings of relief. He allowed two runs on three
hits, walked three and struck out three.
Vanderka said his cutter and off-speed
were working for him Sunday to get Stony Brook through the game.
first inning saw the Bears (40-22) hit through the order,
scoring their five runs off three hits, a Stony Brook error and
a wild pitch. In that frame, Maddox, who also hit a two-run home
run in the second, lined an RBI single up the middle. Brock
Chaffin and Dylan Becker also pitched in with RBI base hits of
went 3 for 5 on the day with three RBI and two runs.
finished the tournament hitting safely in six of his last nine
at bats after his 3-for-4 outing Saturday to help eliminate host
starter Cody Schumacher battled through four errors behind him
and two unearned runs in the first inning to shut down the Stony
Brook offense early, but it eventually all fell apart in the
“There’s nobody I would’ve rather had out there than Cody,”
teary-eyed senior first baseman Brock Chaffin said after having
played the last game of his collegiate career.
Schumacher was rolling without having given up an earned run
until that seventh. He said the South Florida heat had his legs
a bit fatigued heading into his last inning.
had to use four pitchers to get through the seven-run hit parade
in the seventh.
Brook gets less than two hours in between games to prepare for
another elimination game against the team that defeated it last
night, UCF. Senk announced junior Jasvir Rakkar (5-2, 3.46 ERA)
as his starter. Rakkar has appeared in 16 games this season and
has started in two.
State second baseman Kevin Medrano, who had previously committed
just two errors all season, had two on one play Sunday and three
on the day.
watching the seven-run seventh from the dugout, Vanderka said,
“It was great to watch. I just figured I’d still go out there
and do what I was doing the whole game and leave it to the
whether Campbell, who saved his second game of the regional
Sunday, will be available for the game against UCF, Senk said,
“I doubt it.”