The darlings of the College World Series are done.
Stony Brook lost in an ugly game to Florida State tonight, 12-2. Because the Seawolves lost their first game to UCLA on Friday, they are officially out of the CWS.
The Seawolves finished the season with a 52-15 record, the best record in the nation. Coming into the CWS, they were ranked in the top four nationally in batting average and hits and runs scored.
But all that wasn’t enough.
Stony Brook, which garnered nationwide support as the underdogs, put in a dismal performance tonight.
Florida State, the number three ranked team in the nation, scored right away and didn’t stop.
In the top of the first, sophomore SBU pitcher Brandon McNitt walked FSU batter Devon Travis with one out.
Number three batter James Ramsey singled to left soon after, putting Travis on third.
McNitt struck out the next batter, Jayce Boyd. But as Boyd walked to the dugout, Ramsey sprinted toward second, causing senior SBU catcher Pat Cantwell to throw down to second for the third out.
He caught Ramsey in time, but not before Travis scored.
Stony Brook did not have a chance to score in the bottom of the first, but got a chance after sophomore McNitt put three FSU batters away.
In the bottom of the second, junior Maxx Tissenbaum walked to lead off. He then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from freshman Kevin Krause.
But with just one out and a man in scoring position, the Seawolves failed to put the ball into play.
Freshman Cole Peragine struck out looking, and after junior Tanner Nivins walked to put two men on base, sophomore Kevin Courtney struck out as well.
The Seawolves didn’t have a chance after that because FSU blew the game open in the third inning and never looked back.
With two outs, Sherman Johnson singled up the middle.
He advanced to third when Travis singled down the left field line. He scored when Ramsey doubled down the right field line, and Travis went to third.
Boyd hit a ground ball to Peragine at short for what looked like a routine third out. However, Peragine threw the ball down and away from Courtney at first, who couldn’t pick it. It went past him, and both Travis and Ramsey scored.
McNitt then walked the next batter, Stephen McGee. And, with two men on base, he gave up a home run to Justin Gonzalez.
The score was 6-0, Seminoles.
“I made a mistake on the guy that was up to hit,” said McNitt, who finished the season with an 8-4 record after the loss. “He put a good swing on it.”
It looked like the Seawolves might have had a chance in the bottom of the third, when junior William Carmona smashed a ball to right center, and the runner on third, senior Sal Intagliata, flew toward home.
But a fan grabbed it as it bounced toward the fence, and it was ruled a ground rule double. This forced Intagliata to go back to third and kept Stony Brook at zero.
In the fourth inning, McNitt walked the first batter, John Holland. After getting two outs, he gave up a home run to Travis.
FSU got two more runs, and, after his shortest outing of the season, 3.2 innings, McNitt was replaced by Campbell.
Of the nine runs McNitt gave up, only four were earned.
“I think the biggest thing is, you make mistakes,” Senk said. “Good teams make you pay.”
With Campbell on the mound, the Seawolves tried to bounce back.
They scored two runs in the fifth inning, when Courtney opened with a single and junior Travis Jankowski, the highest of SBU’s seven draft picks, got his first and only hit of the CWS.
He singled to center and advanced to second on a throwing error by the FSU centerfielder, which in turn allowed Courtney to take third.
Cantwell grounded out to second, but not after Courtney scored.
When Carmona got up and singled to right field, Jankowski scored as well.
But that was it for the Seawolves.
Campbell gave up three runs on three consecutive doubles in the top of the sixth and was replaced by sophomore Joshua Mason.
With the score 12-2, the 22,112-person crowd started to file out of the stadium as the Seawolves tried, and failed, to get on base.
“We didn’t swing at good pitches,” said Carmona, who went 2-for-4. “Against good pitching, you only get one or two mistakes, maybe, at bat or in a game. And when you miss them, they’re going to make you pay.”
Florida State head coach Mike Martin was impressed by Stony Brook’s performance.
“What they did was unbelievable. To get here was an unbelievable accomplishment,” he said. “We know how talented and how good they are, and we went out there and tried to play as hard as we’ve played against anybody all year, because we know what this ballclub from Stony Brook is capable of doing. This just happened to be a day that things went our way.”
Stony Brook, who came to Omaha with a team batting average of .321, finished with a .194 average in the CWS.
The Seawolves’ star player, Travis Jankowski, leads the nation with 110 hits but went 1-for-8.
“That’s the way baseball goes sometimes. You play your best against the competition. Sometimes it doesn’t work out,” said Carmona. “I mean, that’s baseball.”
“It’s a hard loss,” Carmona added.