Get to know Stony Brook baseball
Get to know the Stony Brook Seawolves who advanced to the first College World Series in school history by defeating LSU in the Super Regionals.
JOSH BARRY, sophomore, pitcher
Pitched for MacArthur High School and works primarily out of the bullpen. He’s 1-0 with a 5.62 ERA in six appearances. A Newsday All-Long Island selection in high school, Barry was the recipient of the coveted Diamond Award, given to the best Nassau pitcher. Barry has two siblings — a sister, Rachel, and a brother, Tyler.
PAT CANTWELL, senior, catcher
Played four sports for West Islip and was drafted 123rd overall by the Texas Rangers. He’s hitting .296 with 56 runs, with only three errors behind the plate, where he has a .992 fielding percentage. Cantwell cited “Baseball Tonight” as his favorite TV show.
WILLIE CARMONA, junior, third baseman
Played for Hempstead HS and was drafted in the 11th round by the Phillies. He’s batting .399 with 12 homers and his 72 RBIs this season are a school record. Carmona created the “O for Omaha” — the hand gesture that’s caught on nationwide as an indicator of Stony Brook’s improbable ascent to the College World Series. He was shocked when “even people who were rooting against us were using it.”
KEVIN COURTNEY, sophomore, first base
Played for St. John the Baptist High School and is hitting .296 with 38 RBIs. The Lindenhurst native was named Long Island Catholic School MVP in 2009, and the recognition has not stopped there. The sure-handed first baseman’s diving catch into the stands against LSU made No. 1 on “SportsCenter’s” Top 10 plays.
STEVEN GOLDSTEIN, freshman, outfielder
Played for St. Dominic HS in Oyster Bay and is hitting .344, earning Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors. He hit the go-ahead home run in the 10th inning of Game 1 before LSU rallied to win. Goldstein said the Yankees are his favorite team, though the rest of his family, save his brother, are Mets fans.
SAL INTAGLIATA, senior, outfield
Carey High School graduate hit a two-run homer in Game 1 against LSU. He’s hitting .264 and started nine of the last 11 games. Intagliata is a pre-med student and hopes to become an anesthesiologist.
ANTHONY ITALIANO, sophomore, catcher
Played for Sayville HS and backs up West Islip’s Pat Cantwell behind the plate. Has not made an error in 25 games. Italiano, hitting .244 this season, is majoring in business and hopes to open his own restaurant upon graduation. His favorite dish to cook is chicken and rice. Italiano, a movie buff, cited “Wedding Crashers” as his favorite comedy.
GABRIEL PENA, infield, sophomore
Pena attended Lehman High School in the Bronx and has not committed an error in his 26 games. He’s hitting .175 with a .283 on base percentage. He prefers Spanish music and said his favorite food was plantains, “any way.” He cites his favorite moment as the last three outs of Game 3 of the Super Regional against Louisiana State.
MICHAEL ROEHRIG, freshman, first baseman/outfielder
Roehrig, who played for Lindenhurst High School, is hitting .235 with a .316 on-base percentage. The former camp counselor is majoring in business and said his favorite high school memory is winning the state championship last year. His favorite experience has been the overwhelming national support for Stony Brook baseball, including walking in a mall in Louisiana and having people recognize the team.
MAXX TISSENBAUM, second base, junior
Tissenbaum, of York Mills Collegiate in Toronto, was drafted in the 11th round by the Padres. He’s hitting .389 with 51 RBIs and leads the country in fewest strikeouts per at bat. He’s a business major and a Blue Jays fan who nonetheless said Derek Jeter was his favorite professional athlete. He remembers going to spring training with his grandfather and Jeter being the first player out – taking batting practice at 9 a.m. for an afternoon game – and said his work ethic was inspiring. His favorite movie is “Bull Durham.”
ZACHARY UHER, sophomore, pitcher
Uher, who won two IPPSAL titles with Upper Room, has 11 strikeouts in 72
FRANKIE VANDERKA, pitcher, sophomore
The MacArthur graduate pitched a complete game in Stony Brook’s victory in Game 3 of the Super Regional against Louisiana State. Vanderka is generally the Seawolves closer, earning five saves with a 2.37 ERA. He’s a sociology major and grew up a Phillies fan, despite coming from a family of Yankee fans. His favorite movie is “Pineapple Express.”