Stony Brook Seawolves baseball

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Stony Brook Seawolves
Founded: 1966 (1966)
2015 Stony Brook Seawolves baseball team
Stony Brook Seawolves athletic logo

University Stony Brook University
Conference AEC
Location Stony Brook, NY
Head Coach Matt Senk (25th year)
Home Stadium Joe Nathan Field
(Capacity: 1,000)
Nickname Seawolves
Colors

Red and Blue

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College World Series Appearances
2012
NCAA Tournament Appearances
Division III: 1995
Division I: 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015
Conference Tournament Champions
America East: 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015
Conference Champions
America East: 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015

The Stony Brook Seawolves baseball team represents Stony Brook University in NCAA Division I men's college baseball. Stony Brook currently competes in the America East Conference and plays its home games on Joe Nathan Field. Matt Senk has coached the team since the beginning of the 1991 season. The team has won the America East tournament three times in 2004, 2008, and 2010. In 2011, the Seawolves claimed the America East regular season championship. Stony Brook has participated in the NCAA tournament on four separate occasions and won their first game in 2010. In 2011, the team won 41 regular season games en route to their first America East regular season championship, but lost in the conference tournament. In 2012, the Seawolves clinched their second consecutive regular season championship and their fourth America East Conference Baseball Tournament championship, earning the league's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. The team went on to win the Coral Gables Regional and the Baton Rouge Super Regional, becoming the first ever team from the America East Conference to advance to the College World Series.

History[edit]

Stony Brook first fielded NCAA sanctioned baseball in 1966 and in the late 1990s transitioned to Division I college baseball. In 2002 the university joined the America East Conference in all sports. Since then, Stony Brook has won two regular season championship and four conference tournaments leading to as many trips to the NCAA tournament. In 2010, the Seawolves won their first game ever in the NCAA Baseball Championship, and in 2012 Stony Brook advanced to its first College World Series.

2004: Championship and first NCAA trip[edit]

2008-12: Conference champions again[edit]

In 2008, Stony Brook put up 34-26, 14-10 regular season performance clinching the second seed in the America East tournament behind the Binghamton Bearcats. In the double elimination tournament, the Seawolves went on to beat UMBC and Binghamton twice to clinch their second tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA regionals. Steve Mazzurco was named the Most Outstanding Player in the league. In the regionals, Stony Brook faced off against Arizona State, and Vanderbilt both resulting in loses and another early exit from the tournament. The 2009 season was less promising and the Seawolves ended the regular season in third place with a 29-23, 14-10 record. Stony Brook was ousted early in the America East tournament after consecutive losses against second seeded Albany and fourth seeded Vermont. Following up a disappointing season, the Seawolves came out stronger in 2010 ending the season 30-27, 15-9 in the America East. Stony Brook entered the tournament as the third seed but surprised many with victories against Maine and consecutive victories against Albany to earn their third tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA once again. Pat Cantwell, William Carmona, Maxx Tissenbaum, Nick Tropeano, and Adam Brown made the All-tournament list and Cantwell additionally earned the MOP award. In the NCAA the Seawolves earned their first victory in a regional beating North Carolina State but went on to be eliminated by Coastal Carolina.

2012: "Shock the World" - Conference Championships, National Recognition and College World Series[edit]

2012 America East Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T   PCT     W   L   T   PCT
#8 Stony Brook y 21 3 0   .875     52 15 0   .776
Albany 16 8 0   .667     22 32 1   .409
Binghamton 13 9 0   .591     23 26 0   .469
Maine 11 11 0   .500     28 28 0   .500
Hartford 7 17 0   .292     16 40 0   .286
UMBC 2 22 0   .083     10 42 0   .192
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament
As of June 17, 2012[1]; Rankings from Coaches' Poll

Stony Brook opened their 2012 campaign with a perfect 4-0 weekend at Thibodaux, Louisiana with pair of victories over Alabama State and Nicholls State in the Coronel Round Robin. The team then traveled to Greenville, North Carolina to face off against East Carolina, swept in three consecutive one-run games. They returned to the Northeast for a single game against Fairleigh Dickinson routing the Knights at Teaneck, New Jersey. Stony Brook participated in the Dairy Queen Classic splitting the weekend against Kansas and host Minnesota. Stony Brook opened their home season on March 10 against Iona beating the Gaels 12-7. The Seawolves followed up beating the Yale Bulldogs three out of four in a weekend series and compiled a string of victories against Fordham and Columbia for their first five win streak of the season. Stony Brook couldn't keep the pace and lost back to back games against Sacred Heart but bounced back to win a pair of games against NYIT and victories against Marist and Fairleigh Dickinson.

The Seawolves opened conference play against Binghamton taking two of three at home. The team went on to win their follow up two games against Iona and Marist at home and then traveled to Albany for a weekend series. At Albany, the Seawolves took three out of four. The team returned home to beat Rhode Island 8-2 and swept a four game series against Hartford. Stony Brook played a pair of games against Fairfield and Central Connecticut coming out victories in both occasions and swept a four game series at UMBC extending their winning streak to ten games and taking command of first place in the America East.

Stony Brook took two out of three against Binghamton at home and swept another four game series against UMBC to clinch a second consecutive regular season championship. Stony Brook closed the regular season with a four game sweep at conference rival Maine to win a program record 43 games with only 11 loses. The Seawolves headed into the conference tournament with the best winning percentage in Division I.

Stony Brook went on to win three consecutive games in the America East tournament to earn the program's fourth title, beating Maine 13-6 in the finals to advance to the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament with a 46-11 record, the best record in Division I. The Seawolves were the first team in the America East since 2002 to earn both the regular season and conference tournament championships in the same season. For the first time in the history of the program, Stony Brook found itself ranked, sitting at #25 in the Baseball America poll and #29 in the NCBWA poll.

Stony Brook traveled to South Florida to play in the Coral Gables Regional as the fourth seed. In the first game the Seawolves knocked off top seeded Miami and went on to the winners bracket. Following a loss to second-seeded Central Florida, Stony Brook beat Missouri State to eliminate the Bears and force a rematch against the Golden Knights. The Seawolves topped Central Florida 12-5 and 10-6 in consecutive days to win the regional and advance to face LSU in the Super Regionals.

In a rain-soaked Baton Rouge Super Regional, Stony Brook fell in the first game to the LSU Tigers in a dramatic extra-innings affair that spanned two days due to rain. The Seawolves bested LSU in game two just hours after the end of the first game to set up a series-determining game three. Stony Brook won the third game 7-2 and advanced to the 2012 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska The Seawolves are just the second team to be the fourth seed in its region and advance to the College World Series.

NCAA Participation[edit]

AE Tourney Champions Postseason Game & Location Opponents & Results
2004 NCAA Regional
(Grainger Stadium) - Kinston, NC
Loss vs. East Carolina (2-8)
Loss vs. Tennessee (0-1)
2008 NCAA Regional
(Packard Stadium) - Tempe, AZ
Loss vs. Arizona State (7-9)
Loss vs. Vanderbilt (4-9)
2010 NCAA Regional
(BB&T Coastal Field) - Myrtle Beach, SC
Loss vs. Coastal Carolina (0-6)
Win vs. North Carolina State (6-2)
Loss vs. Coastal Carolina (7-25)
2012 NCAA Regional
(M.L Field at A.Rodriguez Park) - Coral Gables, FL
Win vs. Miami FL (10-2)
Loss vs. Central Florida (8-9)
Win vs. Missouri State (10-7)
Win vs. Central Florida (12-5)
Win vs. Central Florida (10-6)
NCAA Super Regional
(Alex Box Stadium) - Baton Rouge, LA
Loss vs. LSU (4-5)
Win vs. LSU (3-1)
Win vs. LSU (7-2)
College Word Series
(TD Ameritrade Park Omaha) - Omaha, NE
Loss vs. UCLA (9-1)
Loss vs. Florida State (12-2)
2015 NCAA Regional
(Lupton Stadium) - Fort Worth, TX
Loss vs. North Carolina State (0-3)
Win vs. Sacred Heart (11-6)
Loss vs. TCU (3-8)

Facilities[edit]

Joe Nathan Field[edit]

Main article: Joe Nathan Field

Joe Nathan Field in the north end of the Stony Brook campus is the home field of Seawolves baseball. In 2008 It was announced that Stony Brook alumnus and MLB All-Star Joe Nathan donated $500,000 for the construction of a new field for the baseball program. A new FieldTurf was installed and dugouts were constructed In May 2011 the field was used for the first time since renovations. Additional donations allowed for a new scoreboard adjacent to the field. The dimensions of the field are 330 LF, 365 LC, 390 CF, 365 RC, 330 RF. Joe Nathan field has a capacity for 1,000 spectators with future phases planned. Stony Brook has hosted the 2011 and 2012 America East Baseball Tournaments at Joe Nathan Field.

Year-by-year results[edit]

Year Overall Record .WPCT Conference Record .CWPCT Standing Postseason appearances
Division III: Independent (1966-1967, Herb Brown)
1966 3-5 .375
1967 7-11 .388
Independent (1968-1970, Frank Tirico)
1968 7-10 .411
1969 7-11 .388
1970 5-17 .227
Independent (1968-1977, Rick Smoliak)
1971 3-14 .176
1972 6-13 .315
1973 9-15 .375
1974 12-10 .545
1975 12-13 .480
1976 13-10 .565
1977 6-16 .272
Independent (1978-1979, Byrne Gamble)
1978 10-13 .434
1979 12-6 .666
Independent (1980, Rich Krumholz)
1980 13-14 .481
Independent (1981-1982, Rich Wurster)
1981 13-17 .433
1982 3-21 .125
Independent (1983-1988, Mike Garafola)
1983 6-12 .333
1984 6-17 .260
1985 7-19 .269
1986 12-10 .545
1987 11-10 .523
1988 9-21 .300
ECAC Baseball (1989–1990, Tim Tenaglia)
1989 16-10 .615
1990 12-15 .444
ECAC Baseball (1991–2001, Matt Senk)
1991 16-9 .640
1992 17-12 .586
1993 13-14 .481
1994 26-9 .742
1995 30-8 .789
1996 27-14 .658
1997 15-19 .441
1998 23-11 .671
1999 36-12 .750
2000 30-11 .731
2001 35-16 .686
Division I: America East (2002–present, Matt Senk)
2002 27-24 .529 11-11 .500 4th America East Conference Tournament: D. Elim.
(Game I: won against Maine 16-4)
(Game II: lost against Northeastern 5-10)
(Game III: lost against Maine 3-9)
2003 33-21 .611 15-9 .625 3rd America East Conference Tournament: D. Elim.
(Game I: won against Maine 4-2)
(Game II: lost against Northeastern 4-5)
(Game III: won against Maine 6-3)
(Game IV: won against Northeastern 11-10)
(Game V: lost against Northeastern 0-11)
2004 29-27 .524 11-10 .518 4th America East Conference Tournament: D. Elim. (3-0)
NCAA Regional
(Game I: lost against East Carolina 2-8)
(Game II: lost against Tennessee 0-1)
2005 23-28 .451 10-11 .476 6th DNQ
2006 25-29 .463 13-8 .619 2nd America East Conference Tournament: D. Elim.
(Game I: lost against Maine 8-11)
(Game II: won against Albany 5-3)
(Game III: won against Vermont 2-1)
(Game IV: lost against Maine 3-5)
2007 31-24 .694 16-7 .564 2nd America East Conference Tournament: D. Elim.
(Game I: lost against Albany 2-5)
(Game II: lost against Maine 8-13)
2008 34-26 .567 14-10 .558 2nd America East Conference Tournament: D. Elim. (3-0)
NCAA Regional
(Game I: lost against Arizona State 7-9)
(Game II: lost against Vanderbilt 4-9)
2009 29-23 .583 14-10 .558 3rd America East Conference Tournament: D Elim.
(Game I: lost against Albany 1-8)
(Game II: lost against Vermont 11-13)
2010 30-27 .526 15-9 .625 3rd America East Conference Tournament: D Elim. (3-0)
NCAA Regional
(Game I: lost against Coastal Carolina 0-6)
(Game II: won against North Carolina State 6-2)
(Game III: lost against Coastal Carolina 5-27)
2011 42-12 .777 22-2 .916 1st America East Conference Tournament: D Elim.
Played at Joe Nathan Field, Stony Brook, NY
(Game I: won against Albany 14-2)
(Game II: lost against Maine 1-8)
(Game III: lost against Albany 1-4)
2012 52-15 .800 21-3 .875 1st America East Conference Tournament: D Elim. (3-0)
Played at Joe Nathan Field, Stony Brook, NY
NCAA Regional (4-1)
Played at M.L Field at Alex Rodriguez Park
NCAA Super Regional (2-1)
Played at Alex Box Stadium
NCAA College World Series (0-2)
Played at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha
2013 25-34 .424 15-15 .500 4th America East Conference Tournament: D Elim.
Played at LeLacheur Park, Lowell, MA
(Game I: won against Maine 4-1)
(Game II: won against Hartford 10-6)
(Game III: lost against Binghamton 3-4)
(Game IV: lost against Binghamton 7-8, 12 inn.)
2014 35-18 .660 18-5 .783 1st America East Conference Tournament: D Elim.
Played at LeLacheur Park, Lowell, MA
(Game I: lost against Maine 0-7)
(Game II: won against Albany 3-1)
(Game III: lost against Maine 1-3)
2015 35-16-1 .686 18-4-1 .818 1st America East Conference Tournament: D Elim. (3-0)
NCAA Regional
(Game I: lost against North Carolina State 0-6)
(Game II: won against Sacred Heart 11-6)
(Game III: lost against TCU 3-8)
Total 937-799 .535

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baseball Standings". americaeast.com. Retrieved 2012-06-17.