Stony Brook University has made national news after their baseball team, the Seawolves, advanced to the College World Series.
The Seawolves beat LSU, the owner’s of multiple national championships, 7-2, in true “Cinderella story” fashion.
Stony Brook won 28 of 30 games and will face off against UCLA in Omaha. The Seawolves are the second No. 4 seed team in history to open the tournament in the regional round.
“They outplayed us really in every phase of the game,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said to CBS. “The people in the South haven’t heard much about Stony Brook, but they know who they are now.”
“They gained an awful lot of respect not only down here but nationwide,” he continued. “That team can play with anybody.”
When SBU’s leading hitter, Travis Jankowski, was asked if he realized how it felt that the Seawolves were getting national attention, he said, “The only thing I know is we’re trending on Twitter now,” according to CBS.
Then Coach Senk joked back, “I don’t know what that means,” which made all his players burst into laughter.
Jankowski is the Seawolves’ top hitter at .422.
“Our motto is: `Shock the world and win the last game of the season,’” center fielder Jankowski said. “So as long as we do that, we should be all right from here on out.”
Stony Brook’s alumni are proud of their baseball team. Mike Frampton who graduated the University in 2011 told the Long Island Press, “I always knew Stony Brook University was an amazing school academically, but now to see that the Seawolves are competing in the college world series confirms that our best and brightest minds are proven so on the field as well.”