Seawolves to take on Chanticleers on Friday at 1 p.m. (WUSB)
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Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Stony Brook University's baseball team will make its second appearance in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship in the last three seasons on Friday afternoon as it begins play in the Myrtle Beach Regional. Seeded fourth in the regional, the Seawolves will open the four-team double-elimination regional against the host and top-seed Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at BB&T Coastal Field. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. Fans can listen to the game locally on WUSB 90.1 FM and goseawolves.org. Friday's contest can also be followed online via Gametracker and live video stream at www.goseawolves.org.
America East Tournament RecapStony Brook entered last week's four-team double-elimination tournament as the No. 3 seed. SBU defeated No. 2 Maine, 10-1, in the opener behind sophomore right-hander Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.), who allowed one run on four hits in 8.0 innings.
The Seawolves then advanced to take on No. 4 Albany in a winner's bracket game, defeating the Great Danes, 8-4. Freshman William Carmona (Hempsterad, N.Y.) hit a grand slam in the ninth to give the Seawolves an 8-0 lead. Sophomore Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.) allowed three runs, two earned, in eight-plus innings. He allowed just one hit over the first 8.0 innings.
SBU then clinched the title with a 4-2 win over Albany last Friday. Freshman southpaw Adam Brown (Melville, N.Y.) earned the win, giving up just two runs in 8.2 innings. Sophomore Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) and junior Chad Marshall (Paris, Ontario) hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie. Cantwell hit .385 in the three games and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
NCAA Tournament HistoryMaking its third appearance in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship since jumping to Division I in 2000, the Seawolves will be looking for their first NCAA Tournament victory. At the 2008 Tempe Regional, Stony Brook fell to No. 1 Arizona State in the opener, 9-7, before being eliminated by No. 2 Vanderbilt, 9-4. At the 2004 Kinston Regional, SBU fell to East Carolina, 8-2, in the opener. The Seawolves were then edged by No. 2 Tennessee, 1-0.
Radio InformationMatt Mankiewich will broadcast Friday's contest locally on WUSB 90.1 FM and goseawolves.org. The pre-game show kicks off at 12:45 p.m.
Scouting Coastal CarolinaThe No. 4 overall national seed, the Chanticleers are ranked as high as No. 3 in the national polls. Coastal went 51-7 and won their fourth straight Big South Title. The Chanticleers had eight players selected to the all-conference first team including Big South Pitcher of the Year, Anthony Meo.
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This will be the third all-time meeting between the schools. The Seawolves dropped a two-game series at Coastal a season ago.