Baseball knocks off Miami (FL) in NCAA opener

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June 1, 2012

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Coral Gables, Fla. - Junior Maxx Tissenbaum had three hits and three RBI as the fourth-seeded Stony Brook baseball team beat top-seed Miami (FL), 10-2, in the opening game of the Coral Gables Regional on Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park. Stony Brook advances to take on Central Florida in a winner's bracket game on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Senior Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth, Calif.) picked up the win, allowing two runs in 6.1 innings. It is the second Division I NCAA tournament victory for No. 25 Stony Brook, with the first coming over N.C. State at the 2010 Myrtle Beach Regional.

Senior Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) and juniors Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) and William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) added two hits apiece for the Seawolves, who improved to 47-11 with the victory.

Stony Brook has won 12 straight and 23 of its last 24.

The Seawolves jumped on top with two runs in the second as Tissenbaum lead off with a bloop double to left and then scored when Miami starter Eric Erickson fielding a bunt from junior Tanner Nivins (Kitchener, Ontario) and threw it away.

Freshman Kevin Krause (Staten Island, N.Y.) followed with another sacrifice bunt and Erickson against threw it away, allowing Nivins to cross the plate with Stony Brook's second run.

Miami put runners on first and second with no out in the bottom of the second but Johnson then snagged a Peter O'Brien liner up the middle and doubled Brad Fieger off first. He then picked Rony Rodriguez off to first get out of the jam.

The Hurricans evened the score at two in the fourth on two-run home run from Fieger. Miami nearly scored more but Johnson got out of a second and third one out jam to keep it tied.

Stony Brook answered right back in the fifth, taking a 4-2 lead on a two-out two-run single from Tissenbaum that dropped just over the head of second baseman Stephen Perez into right field.

Miami threatened in the bottom of the fifth, putting a runner on third with one out. But Johnson struck out Dale Carey looking and Tissenbaum then made a diving play in the hole on a Chantz Mack grounder to end the inning.

Stony Brook added two insurance runs in the seventh including one on a run-scoring single through the left side from Tissenbaum.

Carmona then put the game away in the eighth with a long three-run home run to right.

Junior James Campbell (Bridgeport, Conn.) pitched 1.2 scoreless innings of relief and junior Jasvir Rakkar pitched the ninth to seal the victory.