FORT WORTH, Texas - Third-seeded Stony Brook couldn't hold off the big bats of top-seeded TCU and was eliminated in the Fort Worth Regional on Sunday, 8-3. The Seawolves (35-16-1) lost to higher-seeded TCU and North Carolina State and beat Sacred Heart in their fifth NCAA Division I postseason appearance.
"I am exceedingly proud of my team for coming down here and competing this weekend the way we did,'' said coach Matt Senk, whose team was outhit 13-4. "I don't know if any coach could ask for more. They should be very proud of themselves. They made their families proud, this coaching staff, this program, our department and our university exceedingly proud. They completed their butts off today and all weekend and that is exactly what they were about all year . . . I'm disappointed in the result, but not in the effort . . . These guys compete against anyone and everywhere."
The Horned Frogs took a 5-1 lead in the fifth on a three-run homer by Evan Skoug, who has seven homers compared with the Seawolves' team total of seven entering the tournament. Stony Brook had only one error in 27 tourney innings but just missed turning an inning-ending double play before Skoug's two-out homer on a 3-and-2 pitch.
Toby Handley had a two-out RBI double in the third and an RBI single in the fifth, and Stony Brook got within 5-3 later that inning when Jack Parenty hustled to beat out a potential inning-ending double-play grounder.
Handley and Malcolm Nachmanoff each had two hits. "[TCU and North Carolina State], they have pitchers who keep pounding the strike zone. They don't give you anything," Handley said. "And the hitters swing well. You make a mistake and they take advantage."
TCU beat North Carolina State Sunday night, 8-2, to force a deciding game between the teams Monday.
St. John's falls. Robert Wayman and Michael Donadio hit back-to-back RBI singles with two outs in the eighth to give St. John's a 2-1 win over host Oklahoma State in the Stillwater Regional. The Red Storm (41-16) came back from a 3-0 deficit before allowing a run in the top of the ninth and losing to Arkansas, 4-3, in the regional final. -- AP