June 5, 2010
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C - In the first elimination game of the 2010 NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional, No. 4 seed Stony Brook (30-26) opened with a six-run first inning and used strong pitching for a 6-2 victory over No. 3 seed North Carolina State (38-24), June 5. With their first NCAA Regional win in school history, the Seawolves move into Sunday's 1 p.m. elimination game against tonight's loser of the Coastal Carolina-College of Charleston winners' bracket matchup.
Stony Brook jumped on top with its six-run first inning, keyed by five hits and a pair of hit batters while knocking out NC State starter Anthony Tzamtzis after one-third of an inning. Sophomore Pat Cantwell led off the inning with a double before Tzamtzis hit both juniors Chad Marshall and Stephen Marino with pitches to load the bases. A walk to senior Robert Dyer plated the first run of the game. Senior Michael Stephan followed with one of the key hits in the frame, a bases-loaded single, to score Marshall and Marino and increase the margin to three. Freshman Tanner Nivins then drove an RBI double to left followed by run-scoring singles by freshman Maxx Tissenbaum and senior Justin Echevarria for the 6-0 SBU advantage after the first half of the opening inning.
NC State broke through for a run in the bottom of the second. After Pratt Maynard led off with a single, sophomore John Gianis grounded into a fielder's choice to keep a Wolfpack runner on base with one out. A failed pickoff attempt moved Gianis to second, where he scored on freshman Matt Bergquist's single to center to trim the Stony Brook lead to five at 6-1.
The Wolfpack drew a run closer in the fifth. Senior Dallas Poulk led off with a double to right, moved to third on a ground out and scored on sophomore Andrew Ciencin's sacrifice fly to right.
Sophomore Tyler Johnson (10-3) was outstanding on the hill for the Seawolves. Johnson threw eight innings with 10 strikeouts, while scattering two runs and six hits. It was the eighth time in his last 14 appearances this year that Johnson recorded 10 or more strikeouts in a game. In his first start of the year, Tzamtzis (4-4) gave up six earned runs on three hits in taking the loss for NC State. Redshirt-sophomore Vance Williams and two other relievers did an effective job out of the bullpen for the Pack. Williams threw 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, while giving up just three hits and striking out five. Freshman Ethan Ogburn had a pair of scoreless inning and junior lefty Grant Sasser finished the game out for NC State with a scoreless ninth.
Tizzenbaum and freshman William Camona each had a pair of hits for Stony Brook.. Stephan had a pair of runs-batted in for the Seawolves. Gianis led the NC State effort with two hits.
N.C. State Quotes - June 5, 2010
Head Coach Elliott Avent
"I want to congratulate Stony Brook. I thought they played well, they caught the ball. Their guy threw strikes and he was very effective. He kept the ball down. He was a sinker ball, change-up guy, guys we have had trouble with all year. He was the one guy we didn't want to see and they got out to a pretty good lead there in the first. He did a great job. That guy threw hard coming into the ninth. I thought we had a chance. I am really proud of the way our guys played all year, but down the stretch and the way they finished this game off. In the ninth inning, I don't know how everybody else felt, but I really thought we were going to win this ball game."
Decision on starting Anthony Tzamtzis:
"It's about you lose your first game and pitching hasn't been the strength of our ball club. We are pitching better down the stretch, but we haven't always been the strength. We don't have eight or 10 arms that we're going to run at you. We made a decision that you got to win four games now. We thought [Tzamtzis] was the guy, he's a velocity guy and watching Stony Brook play yesterday, we thought velocity would beat them."
N.C. State pitcher Vance Williams:
"At that point when I came down, we were down obviously. When you come in the game like that you try to shut down the rally and keep your team in the game and give them the chance to win. Our bats have been great all year long and I thought if I just kept us in the game, our bats would take over, but unfortunately it didn't work out like that for us."
Stony Brook Head Coach Matt Senk
"I'm not sure where to begin. I am beyond excited for our school. Most of our athletic department is here and it has been an amazing year this year for Stony Brook athletics and to keep the year going for us with this win, this great year for the school, we couldn't be more proud to be a part of this university and department. I have great young men that play for me, great people that I work for, and to finally break through, this is our third win as a program, we had one in 1995 as a Division III school in a regional, but to have this breakthrough is beyond exciting and we couldn't be more pleased for our players and our university."
On beating an ACC team...
"It means a lot doing it against a big time conference. We went against Alabama earlier in the year, and we have made a point of going against the best competition we can. It's a philosophy we adopted this season as a team and what our march has been about. Last year in a midweek we played well enough to beat Virginia and this year to turn around and do this is extremely exciting, especially against the ACC. The fact that this comes against a major conference just makes it better."
Stony Brook Pitcher Tyler Johnson
"In the last couple weeks I've been feeling my pitches better, getting a bit stronger. My plan was the same as always, go out and throw my pitches for strikes. Going against an ACC team and to strike out that many guys is definitely not easy. They made it real hard on me. Throwing those pitches for strikes and letting them put the ball in play really allowed me to accomplish my goal today."