Correct the hex will be the operative motto when top seed and host Stony Brook University begins the America East Baseball Tournament Wednesday. Only once in the last nine seasons has the No. 1 seed won the tournament, which carries an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
"Clearly, we're anxious to make it twice," coach Matt Senk said.
Last year, Stony Brook was seeded first and bowed out early. "For the guys that were here last year, we all knew how that felt," catcher Pat Cantwell said. "We're focused and ready to go, we're going to try and nip the problem in the bud this year."
Senk added, "Even though it was a year ago, I think it's very fresh in their minds and in their hearts, the disappointment. So, I would be shocked, quite frankly, if I'm going to be dealing with a complacent team."
AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT
Where: Joe Nathan Field, Stony Brook.
Admission: Adults $7; children 12 & under $3; college students $2.
Albany (22-30-1) vs. Binghamton (22-24)
Stony Brook (43-11) vs. Maine (22-26)
PLAYERS TO WATCH
CF Travis Jankowski: Led conference in batting average (.359) runs (59), hits (81), triples (9), stolen bases (34), on-base percentage (.463). Set school record for hits in a season.
3B Willie Carmona: Hit .390, with 9 home runs, 55 RBIs, 21 doubles and 50 runs.
C Pat Cantwell: Batted .308 with 10 doubles and 23 RBIs. Threw out 16 of 20 base-stealers.
RHP Tyler Johnson: Went 8-1 with a 1.84 ERA in 11 starts. Set career school record for wins with 26.
Matt Senk (22nd year, 614-388). Has guided team to three NCAA Tournament berths since 2004. Is a fourth in store?
NCAA LEADER BOARD
Stony Brook leads Division I in winning percentage (.796), is second in fielding percentage (.981), third in batting average (.334) and seventh in earned run average (2.83).
May 20, at Maine. On final day of regular season set school record with 43rd win, scoring nine runs over last two innings to rally for 10-9 win capped by two-out, two-run double by Maxx Tissenbaum in the ninth.