College Baseball World Series Bracket 2012: Stony Brook Is Team Worth Rooting on

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2012

(Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)
(Gerald Herbert/Associated Press)

If you love a good underdog story as much as I do, you darn well better support Stony Brook at this year's College Baseball World Series.

When it comes to underdog tales, the Seawolves are as good as it gets. Consider the following from Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times (via the Boston Herald):

Stony Brook is the equivalent of a No. 16-seeded team making it to the NCAA basketball Final Four. The Seawolves are just the second fourth-seeded team from a regional to reach the eight-team College World Series since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1999. The other was Fresno State, which won the national title in 2008.

There's more to this story, of course. Stony Brook wasn't a Division I school until 2000 and was a Division III squad in 1995.

As well, it's rare to see a school from the Northeast advance to the College World Series. According to the Associated Press, Stony Brook is the first team from New York since 1980 and the first team from the Northeast since Maine in 1986 to make the CWS.

And Stony Brook swept LSU to get here, a traditional powerhouse in college ball.

Now, bear in mind that this isn't some flash-in-the-pan team with little talent that just happened to get hot at the right time. Stony Brook won 52 games this season, and they have several very talented players.

Seven Seawolves were drafted this year, and center fielder Travis Jankowski was the 44th overall selection by the San Diego Padres. So if you think this team will be intimidated or star struck at any point, think again.

And if UCLA takes them lightly or overlooks the Seawolves, well, the Bruins will suffer the same fate as LSU.

Underdogs rule sports these days. The eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings just won the Stanley Cup.  A wild card team won the World Series (St. Louis Cardinals), and the New York Giants won the Super Bowl with a 9-7 record.

Why not the Seawolves? Why can't they keep a good thing going for underdogs everywhere?

I believe they can. And if you love a good underdog tale, you'll believe too. It's time to get behind the Seawolves, America.


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