Frankie Vanderka threw a three-hitter, Travis Jankowski had four hits and Stony Brook completed an improbable run to the College World Series with a 7-2 victory over LSU on Sunday night in the deciding game of the Baton Rouge super regional.
After 22 seasons with a Stony Brook program that played in Division III when he arrived in 1991, coach Matt Senk is taking his team to Omaha.
Stony Brook became only the second team to open the tournament as a No. 4 seed in the regional round and make an improbable run to the College World Series. The first was Fresno State during its stunning 2008 run to a national title.
Playing before crowds of 10,000-plus draped in LSU purple-and-gold, Stony Brook didn't merely survive so much as thrive, outhitting LSU 35-15 in the series.
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