Stony Brook Baseball ranked seventh in final Baseball America poll

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June 28, 2012

Stony Brook, N.Y. - After winning an NCAA-best 52 games and going on a memorable run to the College World Series, the Stony Brook University baseball team is ranked seventh in the final poll released by Baseball America earlier this week.

The Seawolves were ranked eighth in the three other major national polls - NCBWA, ESPN/USA Today & Collegiate Baseball - to end the 2012 season.

Stony Brook followed a record-breaking regular season by winning its second America East tournament in three years. The Seawolves upended Miami (FL), Missouri State and Central Florida to win the Coral Gables Regional and advance to the Baton Rouge Super Regional against six-time national champion, LSU.

The Tigers took game one, but Stony Brook bounced back to win games two and three to shock the world and advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. The Seawolves were the first-ever America East team and first Northeast Region team since 1986 to reach the CWS.

The Seawolves also received some major individual honors as head coach Matt Senk was named the 2012 NCBWA National Coach of the Year and junior centerfielder Travis Jankowski was selected as the ABCA/Rawlings National Co-Player of the Year.

SBU had seven players that earned All-American or freshman All-American honors.

In early June, Jankowski became the first player in program history to be taken in the first round of the MLB Draft when he was selected 44th overall by the San Diego Padres.

Stony Brook had seven players taken in the 2012 draft including five in the first 12 rounds. Only two teams among the 16 that advanced to this year's Super Regionals had more players taken than the Seawolves.