June 3, 2012
#4 Stony Brook 10, #3 Missouri State 7
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Stony Brook, UCF to Meet Again
CORAL GABLES, Fla. –
If UCF fans who made the four-hour drive from Orlando were
expecting to celebrate the program’s first-ever Super Regional
berth, they’ll have to wait at least another 24 hours.
seed Stony Brook, which already had avoided elimination once
Sunday and has played 27 innings in 27 hours, did it again on
the night shift, defeating No. 2 seed UCF 12-5 to force a
winner-take-all championship game for the Coral Gables Regional.
are resilient and tough and are just playing the game at an
extremely high level right now,” Stony Brook coach Matt Senk
(left) said of his players. “They let down a little bit, but
they bounce back. I’m so proud of them. I’m so proud of the
university they represent.”
two teams now will set themselves up for a rematch that will
take place Monday night at 7 p.m. right back at Alex Rodriguez
Jankowski, who now is hitting .526 in this Regional, went 3 for
6 with a triple and two base hits, and four other Seawolves
posted multi-hit games to supply the 15-hit offensive outburst.
nine-hole hitter, Kevin Courtney, after going 2 for 4 in
Sunday’s first elimination game against Missouri State, pitched
in with another 2-for-4 game.
feels great being down there to be able to turn the lineup over
to [Jankowski], and have 1-6 just absolute studs coming up from
behind you,” Courtney said.
by as many as seven, UCF (45-16) got back in the game with a
three-run seventh to make it an 8-5 ball game.
Shreve singled to right to drive in Ryan Breen, Darnell Sweeney
drew a bases loaded walk to get Nick Carrillo across and Alex
Friedrich hit a sacrifice fly to center that drove Shreve in.
Seawolves (49-12), who coming out of the America East has the
nation’s best winning percentage, responded right away, getting
all three runs back in the top of the eighth to put the game out
was huge to get those runs back,” Senk said. “[Big offensive
innings] has been a big part of our success this week.”
Seawolves manufactured those three runs, driving them in with a
bunt, a sacrifice fly and a hit batsman with the bases loaded.
Brook reliever Josh Mason, who came in to stop the bleeding in
the UCF half of the seventh, earned a save pitching three
Senk tight on pitching, now having played 27 innings in 27
hours, he got exactly what he was looking for out of junior
starter Jasvir Rakkar.
went six innings, giving up just two runs before things
unraveled for him in the big seventh for the Knights. He was
replaced by Joshua Mason and responsible for the three runs that
scored that frame, but was granted the victory Sunday night
after five runs were scored off of him (four of them earned) on
seven UCF hits. He struck out six and walked three.
feel like I was just able to throw all three of my pitches for
strikes,” Rakkar said. “I was around the strike zone the whole
time. I trust my team so I try to challenge hitters as much as
possible so they put the ball in play.”
hard-throwing right-hander had previously only started two games
all year before Senk called on him in the big spot Sunday.
Brook did its damage early scoring seven runs in innings two,
three and four, including three in the second and fourth.
Seawolves took advantage of two Knights errors from the middle
infielders to go with three hits, two of them doubles by
Courtney and Kevin Krause, who also doubled in the third to
bring home a run.
fourth, the bottom two hitters in the Seawolves’ order ignited
the rally by getting on to lead off the frame. Catcher Pat
Cantwell then doubled to bring home one, William Carmona singled
to bring home another, and Maxx Tissenbaum pushed a bunt to the
Neither coach announced a starter for Monday’s rematch, but Senk
said of his ace Tyler Johnson, starter of Stony Brook’s first
game of this regional, “He absolutely wants to pitch.”
coach Terry Rooney (left) said he had a message for his team
following the seven-run loss.
message was, first and foremost, everything you want to
accomplish is still in front of you,” Rooney said. “You’ve got
to have a short memory.”
Brook shortstop Cole Peragine made a huge play in damage control
in the three-run UCF seventh. With the bases loaded, nobody out
and two runs already across, he snagged a sharply hit line drive
off the bat of Chris Taladay to get the first out of the inning.
The Knights only scored one more run after that play.
the grind of playing so many games in such little time, Courtney
said, “You just try to play as hard as you can every single
night, and that’s what we did tonight.”
moved D.J. Hicks, who was slumping, from the clean-up spot to
the five-hole in the Knights lineup to shake things up. It
appeared to work as Hicks went 2 for 3 with a home run.
two teams picked by CollegeBaseballInsider.com analysts to come
out of this regional will get a head-to-head matchup to
determine the regional champ Monday night.