David v. Goliath: the Rise of Stony Brook Baseball

Stony Brook.

Where in the world is Stony Brook?

Do they even have a baseball team?  And, what in the world is a seawolf?

In the next couple of weeks, you’re going to learn more about the Stony Brook baseball team  than you realize.  And, in case you’ve been watching “The Real Housewives of New York”, or “Design on a Dime”, Stony Brook, the 2012 baseball champion of of the America East conference, is going to the College World Series.

Impressive.  And, a lot of fun.

You can find out everything about the university here.  They’re located in the not-so-friendly-baseball-locale of Long Island, NY.  People there like baseball…Mother Nature doesn’t.  When baseball teams down south are outside taking batting practice and grounders, teams up north are still inside, putting on their parkas.  And, in case you don’t realize this, baseball and cold weather are not “peas and carrots”.

In the world of collegiate baseball, it is rare for a team of Stony Brook’s stature to be making reservations in Omaha.  Their journey began February 24, in Thibodeaux, LA, where they played in a three-team tournament at Nicholls State University.  They beat host Nicholls State twice, and did the same to Alabama State.  They didn’t play a game at Stony Brook until March 14.  Yet, on their way to the Coral Gables Regional at Miami, they won the America East Conference regular season as well as the conference tournament.  They lost 1 game in the month of May, and, as the #4 seed (out of four teams) in the Coral Gables Regional, they emerged as the regional champ, losing once to University of Central Florida.

OK.  You think to yourself, here’s a team that’s gotten hot at the right time, maybe caught a break here and there.  But, they’ll never survive the Super Regional in…Baton Rouge, LA.  The home of the mighty Bengal Tigers from LSU.  Baseball tradition and national championship banners are a-plenty at LSU’s Alex Box Stadium.

The Stony Brook Seawolves v.  the LSU Tigers.

It’s David v. Goliath.

And, true to form, David beats Goliath and cuts off his head.  Right in the middle of Alex Box Stadium.

In the middle of the College World Series and all the Floridas and Florida States and UCLAs and Arizonas, the mighty Stony Brook Seawolves will stand side-by-side with programs whose histories are much, much deeper than theirs.  When the the world series begins, little David will have to go toe-to-toe with one Goliath after another.

And, I’ll be cheering for them.

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