Upstart Stony Brook Up Next for LSU
When the brackets were announced for the NCAA Regionals on Memorial Day, the Baton Rouge regional was paired with the Coral Gables Regional. And, many agreed the regional hosted by Miami (FL) was pretty much open.
There were many who thought UCF, which had a banner year under second year coach Terry Rooney (a former LSU assistant) would be LSU’s opponent. Others thought it would be Missouri State out of the Missouri Valley Conference.
Not too many folks paid attention to the school out of the America East Conference, located on Long Island.
That was a mistake.
Stony Brook earned their first ever trip to the NCAA Super-Regionals by beating UCF for the regional title 10-6 last night. The Seawolves had to come through the loser’s bracket and beat the Knights twice to keep their season alive.
Most folks that follow college baseball in the South don’t know much about Stony Brook. But, they’re the only team in America that’s won 50 games this season. They’re among the nation’s leaders in batting average (.336) and runs per game (9). And, they’ve got an awfully good #1 starter in Tyler Johnson (11-1. 2.13).
Now granted, most of their competition hasn’t been the caliber of LSU. Stony Brook was swept by East Carolina earlier this year in Greenville, NC. And, they certainly haven’t faced anything like the crowd they’re going to see at Alex Box Stadium.
Games are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 11am, with a game on Sunday if necessary.
But, a #4 seed hasn’t made it to a Super since Fresno State did it in 2008.
And we all know how that turned out……