The sports world has been deprived of Cinderella stories as of late, so the Stony Brook Seawolves decided they ought to put one together. The team that was playing Division III college baseball back in 1991 knocked off national powerhouse LSU to reach the College World Series and will capture their program's first ever national title.
The New York-based team has defeated big names like Miami and now LSU in rather spectacular fashion recently and based on that momentum, Stony Brook will shock the college baseball world.
The likes of Florida and Florida State are also in the field, and all of SBU's competitors will be considered favorites when they take on the tournament's obvious underdog.
That being said, no team will have more national support and more momentum than the Seawolves as the world series commences. The team is full of young talent, with seven players selected in the 2012 MLB Draft, and are primed to be the media darling in Omaha.
One of the team's biggest standouts is freshman designated hitter Kevin Krause, who is currently batting .334 with 38 runs and 40 RBI on the year.
On the back of hitters like Krause, the Seawolves outhit the Tigers by a margin of 35-15 in the three game series. That means Stony Brook averaged almost 12 hits per game, while LSU had just five.
That line goes to show not only the impressive offensive output by this national unknown, but their impressive pitching staff as well.
Ace pitcher Tyler Johnson threw a three-hit victory against the Tigers in Game 2 of their series before teammate Frankie Vanderka did the same in Game 3.
Tigers head coach Paul Mainieri spoke with The Boston Globe's Brett Martel about their latest opponent, stating:
They outplayed us really in every phase of the game. The people in the South haven’t heard much about Stony Brook, but they know who they are now...that team can play with anybody.
Stony Brook will open the College World Series against the UCLA Bruins as just the second team to enter the tournament after receiving a No. 4 seed in the regional level. The first was 2008 National Champion Fresno State.
"Our motto is: ‘Shock the world and win the last game of the season,'" Stony Brook center fielder and No. 44 overall MLB Draft pick Travis Jankowski told Martel.
With the way this surprising Northeast squad is playing, there's no reason they cannot pull a Fresno State and emerge as the college baseball national champions.
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