Stony Brook fans heartbroken after team's loss

Stony Brook starting pitcher Brandon McNitt delivers against Stony Brook starting pitcher Brandon McNitt delivers against Florida State in the first inning. (June 17, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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Jordan Purington, a former Stony Brook pitcher who graduated in 2010, watched the end of his old team's College World Series bid on television at home in Maine.

Not even that distance made a 12-2 loss hurt any less.

"Especially when they made it that far," he said. "My heart goes out to them."

Now a third-year law student at Western New England College School of Law, Purington, 25, got text-messaged commentary and a few postgame phone calls Sunday from teammates across the country. "We were all pretty disappointed," he said.

Local sports bars near the Stony Brook campus that were packed on Friday night were virtually empty Sunday.

In Omaha, Chris Courtney, 54, who runs the Town of Hempstead's computer help desk, was headed back to the hotel after watching his son Kevin, a Seawolves sophomore first baseman.

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"I'm not happy right now," he said. "I'm sad for the kids."

It had been a strange experience for him, watching two back-to-back games that were nothing like what he'd seen all season: "They weren't themselves."

But age has given him equanimity.

"You know what? You give me this every year, I'll take it," he said. "There's no better Father's Day present than watching" his son play in a College World Series game.

He was going to see Kevin. "I'm going to tell him how proud I am, that they got somewhere nobody thought they were going to get, that he's my son and he did great."

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