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Monday, June 7, 2010

Steven Waldeck Selected By Toronto In 2010 Major League Lacrosse Draft

Nationals pick long stick midfielder with 17th overall pick

New Haven, Conn. - Former men's lacrosse standout Steven Waldeck (Levittown, N.Y.) became Stony Brook's first-ever Major League Lacrosse draft selection when the Toronto Nationals called his name with the 17th overall pick on Sunday evening at Yale University. Following the Warrior Major League Challenge, an invitation-only Scouting Combine featuring the top senior lacrosse players from all NCAA divisions, Toronto drafted Waldeck with its third overall pick.
"It was really amazing last night when Toronto called my name," Waldeck said. "It's crazy to think I'm no longer a Seawolf and now a professional athlete playing in Canada for the Nationals. I couldn't be more excited to start playing and show lacrosse fans what Stony Brook is all about."
Waldeck finished his illustrious career with 313 ground balls, including 112 in 2010, the third most in school history. Among all long poles, he led the country with 10 goals and four assists. The three-time All-America East first-team selection finished his four-year career with 17 goals and 11 assists.
He was an honorable mention All-America as a senior and named to the 2010 Tewaaraton Award watch list.
Toronto also selected Notre Dame's Scott Rodgers, Waldeck's teammate at MacArthur High School in Nassau Country, Syracuse's Cody Jamieson, C.W. Post's Mike Cama, Georgetown's Andrew Brancaccio, Albany's Dave Brock, Colgate's Ryan McClelland and Dowling's Kyle Rubisch.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Baseball Eliminated From NCAA Tournament By Coastal Carolina


Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Stony Brook University's baseball team was eliminated from 2010 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship on Sunday afternoon, falling to Coastal Carolina, 25-7, at the Myrtle Beach Regional held at BB&T Coastal Field. Stony Brook, which picked up its first NCAA Tournament win in its Division I history on Saturday, finishes the season at 30-26.

Coastal recorded 25 hits and put the game away with a 10-run fourth. Freshmen Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) and Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario) led the Seawolves with two RBI each.

Senior Robert Dyer (Selden, N.Y.) was the first batter from either team to reach base, leading off the second with a single up the middle. But Coastal starter Josh Conway did not allow Dyer to move past first as he retired the next three hitters.

Stony Brook freshman right-hander Adam Brown (Melville, N.Y.) retired the first seven batters of the game before walking Adam Rice with one out in the third. Tucker Frawley followed with an RBI double to left-center field to give the Chanticleers a 1-0 lead.

Coastal then blew the game open with the 10 runs in the fourth. Tommy La Stella drew a leadoff walk and then came home on a two-run home run from Jose Iglesias. Chance Gilmore then doubled and came home on a run-scoring single from Daniel Bowman. An Adam Rice sacrifice fly pushed the Chanticleers lead to 5-0.

A Scott Woodward run-scoring triple made it 6-0 before Rico Noel drove Brown from the game with a two-run home run. Gilmore made it 10-0 with a two-run double before Bowman capped the inning with an RBI triple.

The Seawolves answered back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with one out. Freshman William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) then drew a walk to force in a run before Dyer came home on an RBI groundout from Nivins to make it 11-2.

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Coastal added a run in the fifth on a Frawley run-scoring groundout. The Chanticleers scored two runs in the sixth to take a 14-2 lead but the Seawolves responded with three in the bottom of the inning on a Nivins RBI double and a two-run home run from Tissenbaum.

The Chanticleers built their lead to 17-5 in seventh on RBI singles from La Stella and Rice as well as a sacrifice fly from Rich Witten. Stony Brook scored a run in their half of the seventh as sophomore Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) was hit by the pitch before moving to third on a single from junior Chad Marshall (Paris, Ontario).

Junior Stephen Marino (Lake Grove, N.Y.) then hit a hard line drive that was snagged by Coastal pitcher Jackson Geary, who then tried to double Marshall at first. But Geary threw the ball into the ground, allowing Cantwell to come home and score.

Postgame quotes
Stony Brook Head Coach Matt Senk
Opening Statement
"I want to thank Coastal Carolina for the outstanding tournament they put on, they are terrific hosts. As far as the game today, I am extremely disappointed in my team, in myself, and in my coaching staff. Our starting lineup had five hits today. Not to take away from Coastal. They are a great team, but when you can't throw the ball over the plate, and in the places it was with hitters like that, that's the results you are going to get.

On next year
"We have 12 freshmen. Arguably the guys that swung the bat the best for us this weekend were our freshmen. We are very young and we will miss the seniors they have done a tremendous job for us in their careers. We are very excited about the class we have coming in and as far as the baseball program is concerned when you take a step back we had a terrific year with very young players and terrific ones coming in next year, that is what happening in our University and its athletic department all around. We are looking forward to the future based on what happened this year."

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Stony Brook Stuns N.C. State - Baseball America


Myrtle Beach S.C.—Stony Brook surged to an early 6-0 lead and sophomore righthander Tyler Johnson made it stand up as the Seawolves kept their season alive with a 6-2 win against North Carolina State. The win was Stony Brook's first ever in a Division I regional, and they'll advance to play another elimination game at the Myrtle Beach Regional on Sunday afternoon.

One day after Stony Brook ace Nick Tropeano battled through eight innings against No. 4 national seed Coastal Carolina, the Seawolves got another superb effort on the mound. Johnson threw eight innings and fanned 10 hitters, while allowing just two runs on six hits against one of the country's more potent offenses.

Johnson was able to throw three pitches for strikes, and he said after the game that his changeup was the best it had been all year. When he wasn't striking out N.C. State's hitters, he was able to keep the ball on the ground effectively with his sinking fastball, inducing 10 groundouts to go with the whiffs.

"Going against an ACC team and striking out that many guys was definitely not easy," Johnson said. "They made it real hard on me right off the bat. But as always, throwing those three pitches for strikes and letting them put the ball in play really helped me accomplish my goal today."
The only inning Johnson faced serious trouble was the second, when his own throwing error on a pickoff attempt helped open the door for N.C. State's first run. The Wolfpack eventually loaded the bases for right fielder Drew Poulk, who hit a grand slam against the College of Charleston on Friday night. But Poulk grounded weakly to short, and the Wolfpack never seriously threatened again, managing just two more hits against Johnson before he was pulled after the eighth inning.

"(Johnson) kept the ball down," N.C. State coach Elliot Avent said. "Sinkerballers, changeup guys. Those are guys we've had trouble with all year. He's the one guy we didn't want to see."

While Johnson was shining for the Seawolves, the other major storyline of the day was N.C. State's decision to start freshman righthander Anthony Tzamtzis, who'd been a reliever all year. Tzamtzis has a power arm, but his command deserted him from the outset. The Seawolves, who were shut out yesterday by Coastal Carolina's Cody Wheeler, jumped on Tzamtzis for six runs on five hits in the top of the first. Tzamtzis didn't do himself any favors by hitting two batters and walking another.

Less than a week after making a run to the championship game of the ACC tournament, the Wolfpack is headed home without having used its second- and third-best starters, sophomore righty Cory Mazzoni and senior lefty Alex Sogard, in this regional. It's a disappointing ending to a bounce-back season for the Wolfpack, which missed regionals entirely last year after making it to super regionals in 2008. Avent said the Wolfpack needed to take the gamble in order to save Mazzoni and Sogard for two potential games on Sunday. Instead, the 'Pack won't be playing again until February.

"It's about you lose your first game, and pitching hasn't been the strength of our ballclub," Avent said. "We've been pitching better now down the stretch, but it hasn't always been the strength of our ballclub. We don't have eight or 10 arms that we're going to run at you. That's not been what's gotten us here. So, we made a decision. You've got to win four games now. We thought Tzamtzis was the guy. He's a velocity guy. Watching Stony Brook play yesterday, we thought velocity would beat them."

Stony Brook will play tomorrow afternoon against the loser of tonight's winners' bracket contest between top-seeded Coastal Carolina and No. 2 seed College of Charleston. The Seawovles will be heavy underdogs no matter which team they face, but they've shown over the last two days they're not intimidated by their competition here.

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Baseball Knocks Off North Carolina State At Myrtle Beach Regional, 6-2

Seawolves earn first Division I NCAA Tournament win.

Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Sophomore Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.) allowed two runs in 8.0 innings and the No. 4 Stony Brook University baseball team scored six first-inning runs on its way to a 6-2 victory over the No. 3 North Carolina State Wolfpack in an elimination game at the Myrtle Beach Regional on Saturday afternoon at BB&T Coastal Field. Stony Brook improves to 30-26 with the victory, which is the programs first ever Division I NCAA Tournament win. The Seawolves will now play in another elimination game on Sunday at 1 p.m. (WUSB) against the loser of Saturday night's College of Charleston/Coastal Carolina contest.

Johnson tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts and allowed just six hits. It was the 10th victory of the season for Johnson, setting a program single season record. The two runs scored by the Wolfpack were their second fewest this season.

Stony Brook jumped on N.C. State starter Anthony Tzamtzis early as the first five Seawolves reached base. Sophomore Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) doubled to lead off before Tzamtzis hit juniors Chad Marshall (Paris, Ontario) and Stephen Marino (Lake Grove, N.Y.) to load the bases. Senior Robert Dyer (Selden, N.Y.) then drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch to force in a run.

Senior Michael Stephan (Patchogue, N.Y.) followed with a two-run single through the right side to give the Seawolves a 3-0 lead. Freshman William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) bunted into a fielder's choice for the first out but freshman Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) followed with an RBI double to make it 4-0 and drive Tzamtzis from the game.

The Wolfpack brought in Vance Williams who was greeted with a run-scoring single from freshman Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario). Senior Justin Echevarria (Uniondale, N.Y.) followed with an RBI single to right to bring in Nivins and make it 6-0. The Seawolves sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning, which lasted 30 minutes.
N.C. State got on the board in the second on a two-out RBI single from Matt Bergquist. The Wolfpack then loaded the bases against Johnson but Drew Poulk grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning. N.C. State added a run in the fifth on an Andrew Ciencin sacrifice fly.

The Wolfpack got a one-out single from John Gianis in the sixth but Johnson retired the final two hitters to get out of the inning before getting the side in order in the seventh. The Seawolves nearly added a run in the eighth as Nivins doubled with one out. Tissenbaum then sliced a single into left but the leftfielder Gianis threw out Nivins at the plate to keep the Stony Brook lead at four.

Johnson finished with a flourish, striking out the side in the eighth. Carmona relieved Johnson to start the ninth and gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning. But Carmona then got Tarren Senay to fly to center for the first out. Kyle Wilson then drove a line drive to centerfield that freshman Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) was able to haul in in right-center field.

Carmona then got Dallas Poulk to hit a grounder to Marshall, who flipped to Tissenbaum for the force at second. It is the eighth 30-win season for the Seawolves under Senk. It is also the second victory over a school from the ACC for Stony Brook, which defeated No. 11 Virginia, 6-2, last season.


Postgame Quotes
Stony Brook Head Coach Matt Senk
Opening statement...
"I'm not sure where to begin. I am beyond excited for our school. Most of our athletic department is here and it has been an amazing year this year for Stony Brook athletics and to keep the year going for us with this win, this great year for the school, we couldn't be more proud to be a part of this university and department. I have great young men that play for me, great people that I work for, and to finally break through, this is our third NCAA tournament Appearance as a Division I program and we did win an NCAA game as a Division III program in 1995, but to have this breakthrough is beyond exciting and we couldn't be more pleased for our players and our university."


On beating an ACC team...
"It means a lot doing it against a big time conference. We went against Alabama earlier in the year, and we have made a point of going against the best competition we can. It's a philosophy we adopted this season as a team and what our march has been about. Last year in a midweek we played well enough to beat Virginia and this year to turn around and do this is extremely exciting, especially against the ACC. The fact that this comes against a major conference just makes it better."


Stony Brook Pitcher Tyler Johnson
"In the last couple weeks I've been feeling my pitches better, getting a bit stronger. My plan was the same as always, go out and throw my pitches for strikes. Going against an ACC team and to strike out that many guys is definitely not easy. They made it real hard on me. Throwing those pitches for strikes and letting them put the ball in play really allowed me to accomplish my goal today."

Friday, June 4, 2010

Baseball Falls To Coastal Carolina In NCAA Tournament Opener, 6-0

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Sophomore Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.) allowed three earned runs in 8.0 innings but Cody Wheeler hurled a six-hit shutout to lead the No. 1 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers to a 6-0 victory over the No. 4 Stony Brook University baseball team in the opening game of NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional at BB&T Coastal Field on Friday afternoon. Stony Brook falls to 29-26 with the loss and will play the loser of tonight’s College of Charleston/N.C. State contest in an elimination game on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. WUSB pregame.
“I’m really proud of the heart our guys showed today,” Stony Brook head coach Matt Senk said. “Nick [Tropeano] pitched an outstanding game and really competed out their. But give credit to Coastal Carolina, they’re an excellent ballclub. They got some timely hits and made some terrific defensive plays.”

Tropeano (8-4) allowed 11 hits in his 8.0 innings, walking just two while striking out five. Wheeler (11-0) walked two and struck out six. Freshman Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) led the Seawolves with two hits in four at-bats.

Junior Stephen Marino (Lake Grove, N.Y.) reached on a two-out single in the first before Wheeler retired senior Robert Dyer (Selden, N.Y.) on a ground out to second. Tropeano got off to a terrific start, striking out the side in the first.

The Seawolves put together a rally in the second, as Nivins singled with two-out and then stole second. Freshman Maxx Tissenbaum (Toronto, Ontario) then drew a walk but seniorJustin Echevarria (Uniondale, N.Y.) flew out to center to end the inning.

Coastal jumped on top with a run in the second. Tommy La Stella led off the inning with a bloop single to left. Adam Rice then dropped a bunt down the first base line that Tropeano grabbed with his glove and tossed to Dyer for the out. Tropeano then bare-handed Taylor Motter’s hot shot up the middle and threw it to Dyer for the second out.

But Daniel Bowman followed with a run-scoring single down the leftfield line to give the Chanticleers a 1-0 lead. The game was delayed for an hour because of lighting in the area following the third inning and the Seawolves nearly took the lead when play resumed.

Senior Michael Stephan (Patchogue, N.Y.) was hit by the pitch with two outs and Nivins followed with a clean single to left. Tissenbaum then drove the ball to the warning track in centerfield but Coastal centerfielder Rico Noel made an over the shoulder catch to keep Stony Brook off the scoreboard.

The Seawolves put together another scoring threat in the fifth as sophomore Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) singled with one out. Then with Cantwell on the move, junior Chad Marshall(Paris, Ontario) sliced a singled to left to give SBU runners on first and third.

Marino then hit a hard grounder up the middle but the shortstop, Motter, gloved it, stepped on the second and fired to first for an inning-ending double play. Tropeano nearly worked in and out of trouble in the fifth as Bowman led off with a triple.

Tropeano then retired Chance Gilmore on a liner to first before getting Rich Witten on a grounder to third. But Noel reached on catcher’s interference and then with Scott Woodward at the plate a balk was called which allowed Bowman to come home with the game’s second run.

Woodward followed with an RBI single and then scored on Jose Iglesias’ double down the left-field line. The Chanticleers added a run in the eighth on a run-scoring single from Chance Gilmore.

Baseball To Open NCAA Tournament Against Coastal Carolina on Friday

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.
Versus Coastal Caroliona

This will be the third all-time meeting between the schools. The Seawolves dropped a two-game series at Coastal a season ago.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Stony Brook Extends Contract of Head Lacrosse Coach Rick Sowell

Sowell led Seawolves to a 13-4 record and the NCAA Quarterfinals

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook University Director of Athletics Jim Fiore has announced the contract of head men's lacrosse coach Rick Sowell has been extended through 2015. The 2010 America East Coach of the Year, Sowell recently completed his fourth season and guided the Seawolves to their best season in the 27-year history of the program.
"What Rick has done on and off the field with our men's lacrosse team has been tremendous," Fiore said. "This contract extension confirms our commitment to excellence in men's lacrosse, while also demonstrating a long term commitment to Coach Sowell as our program leader. We remain committed to Coach Sowell in every way, and we foresee many years of continued success for Stony Brook men's lacrosse. This season was marked by unprecedented success and we are excited to continue to have Rick's leadership going forward."
Sowell's team ended the year with a 13-4 record, the most wins ever for the program. Stony Brook's banner season also included wins over renowned programs like Towson, Delaware and Denver as well as a nine-game winning streak. SBU also achieved its highest ranking ever, ending the regular season ranked #6 in the Inside Lacrosse and USILA Coaches polls. Sowell is one of just a handful of coaches to take two Division I schools to the NCAA Tournament.
"My family and I have enjoyed our four years at Stony Brook," Sowell said. "Jim Fiore has created a wonderful working environment for me and my staff. These are exciting times to be at Stony Brook and I look forward to continued success with our lacrosse program."
The regular season culminated with a win over Vermont, giving the Seawolves a 5-0 record in America East play and their first ever regular-season conference title.
Playoff wins over Vermont and Albany, which Stony Brook also defeated 15-0 in the regular season, gave SBU its first America East Tournament championship since 2002 and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Seeded eighth in the tournament, Stony Brook hosted Denver and topped the Pioneers, to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals where it faced Virginia. Before a standing-room only crowd of 10,024 and a national tv audience, the Seawolves battled the Cavaliers to the end before falling valiantly 10-9.
Junior Kevin Crowley (New Westminster, British Columbia), the unanimous America East Player of the Year, had one of the best seasons in program history. Crowley scored 51 goals, the most by an individual in a single season in school history, and added 26 assists. He had more goals this season than his previous two years combined.
Crowley is just 26 points shy of Stony Brook's all-time record (201) and is the only player in school history in the top five in both goals and assists. One of the best midfielders in the country, Crowley is a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award, given to the nation's most outstanding collegiate lacrosse player. Last week he was named as the USILA's 2010 recipient of the Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award, given to the nation's most outstanding Division I player.
Junior Jordan McBride (New Westminster, British Columbia) became Stony Brook's all-time leading goal scorer with 134 after scoring a pair of goals against Albany in the America East Championship game. McBride also became the first player in school history to score at least 40 goals in three straight seasons, finishing 2010 with 48 goals, a career best.
Six different Seawolves were named All-America East, including senior Steven Waldeck (Levittown, N.Y.), who was named to the USILA North/South Senior All-Star Game and competed in the Warrior Major League Challenge, an invitation-only Scouting Combine event featuring the top senior lacrosse players from all NCAA divisions.
Crowley, McBride, Waldeck and senior Tom Compitello (Hauppauge, N.Y.) were each named All-American, with Crowley becoming Stony Brook's first first-team selection.
McBride was named to the third team while Waldeck and Compitello were honorable mention.
Sowell who will be an assistant coach for Team USA in next month's World Championships in Manchester, England, has also had head coaching stops at Dartmouth College and St. John's University before taking over the reins at Stony Brook in 2006. He's 37-22 at Stony Brook.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Stony Brook confident for NCAA baseball tournament

By STEVEN MARCUS steven.marcus@newsday.com

The calendar has reached June and the banner athletic season continues at Stony Brook University.

Quick, name a sport the Seawolves have not dominated. Success has come in cross-country, soccer, football, basketball and lacrosse. And now Stony Brook's America East champion baseball team has qualified for the NCAA Tournament. It seems as though the only highlight to elude Stony Brook in recent months was landing the 2014 Super Bowl.

Stony Brook (29-25) will face Coastal Carolina (51-7) Friday in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Stony Brook lost to Coastal by scores of 9-0 and 36-3 in the 2009 season.

"I think it's just like in any sport, you have to have a short memory,'' senior first baseman Rob Dyer said of those scores. "I think this year with our pitching, we have a shot against anybody.''

The final week of the regular season certainly did not portend a championship finish. With a chance to host the conference tournament, Stony Brook was swept at home by Binghamton, which became the host and top seed as Stony Brook fell to third. Coach Matt Senk addressed the team and said, "Right now we're feeling terrible, but in a week's time, we could be doing cartwheels and back flips.''

Pat Cantwell, a sophomore outfielder who played for West Islip High School, said the team got the message. "Losing was rough and it hurt, but I think it actually helped going into the tournament,'' he said. "It made us hungrier than ever.''

The turning point occurred in the first game, a 10-1 victory over second-seeded Maine. Nick Tropeano, Cantwell's teammate in high school, was the winning pitcher. "Coming out and making a statement against Maine set the tone,'' Cantwell said. "Putting up those runs, Nick had a great game.''

Binghamton faltered and was eliminated before the two teams could meet. "That was the crazy part,'' Cantwell said. "We became more focused on ourselves instead of who we were playing.''

The incentive of being in a winning environment around the university also helped, Tropeano said. "Our coach talked about how all the teams had come together. Even the athletic director [Jim Fiore] got involved, talking about our championships. That pumped us up.''

This will mark SBU baseball's third NCAA bid. College of Charleston and North Carolina State also are in the Myrtle Beach Regional. "It will not be a deer-in-headlights situation,'' Senk said. "We've made sure to play a tough non-conference schedule over the years to be prepared.''

Stony Brook is 0-4 in NCAA Tournament games, but the players foresee a change in the double-elimination tournament. "We're definitely looking to do some damage,'' Tropeano said. "We're not looking to go two and out. I think we are capable of winning.''