Stony Brook, N.Y. -
The Stony Brook University baseball team continues to receive recognition from national publications as it prepares for the start of the 2012 season. The Seawolves return 20 letterwinners from last year's squad that won a school record 42 games and the program's first America East regular season title.
The latest publication to recognize the Seawolves was Baseball America, which featured junior centerfielder Travis Jankowski in its preview edition and named him a preseason first team All-American. Baseball America picked the Seawolves to win the America East and named junior William Carmona its preseason America East Player of the Year.
Baseball America also named Jankowski, the 2011 MVP of the Cape Cod summer league, the conference's top prospect for the 2012 MLB Draft. Joining Jankowski on that list was senior Pat Cantwell (third), Carmona (eighth) and junior Maxx Tissenbaum (10th). They also named freshmen Cole Peragine and Kevin Krause as the America East's top two newcomers.
The recognition from Baseball America is just the latest in a preseason full of honors for the Seawolves. Tissenbaum and Carmona were named Louisville Slugger preseason All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper last month and Jankowski was named a preseason All-American by both the NCBWA and Perfect Game USA.
In addition, College Baseball Daily ranked the Seawolves 17th in its preseason Mid-Major Top 25. The poll covers all programs outside of the ACC, Big 12, Big West, CUSA, Pac 10 and SEC.
SBU opens the 2012 season against Alabama State and Nicholls State at the Colonel Round Robin Tournament on Feb. 24 and will host 20 games at Joe Nathan Field.