Stony Brook's run ends against Florida State

Stony Brook's run ends against Florida State

Stony Brook's run ends against Florida State
OMAHA -- Matt Senk's eyes were red from holding back tears.

Moments earlier, his Stony Brook team's Cinderella season had ended as Florida State eliminated the Seawolves from the College World Series.

When asked to put his journey -- which involved taking over a Division III program in 1991, seeing it reach Division I status in 2000 and becoming the second-ever No. 4 seed to reach Omaha this season -- into perspective, Senk choked up.

"It means everything," Senk said.

Florida State second baseman Devon Travis went 3-for-3 with two walks and a two-run home run and shortstop Justin Gonzalez added a three-run homer to lead the No. 3 Seminoles to a 12-2 win over Stony Brook at TD Ameritrade Park on Sunday.

Florida State (49-16) now faces No. 2 UCLA (48-15) -- which lost, 4-0, to Arizona in Sunday's nightcap -- at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Stony Brook ends its season at 52-15.

"To hit a ball out of that ballpark today, that's quite a feat," Florida State head coach Mike Martin. "And, of course, Devon and Gonzo did it. Tremendous lifts when you can get five runs with two swings of the bat."

Florida St. third baseman Sherman Johnson -- the Angels' 14th-round pick in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft -- went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, while center fielder James Ramsey (23rd overall, Cardinals) went 2-for-5.

The Seminoles used a six-run third inning to all but eliminate Stony Brook.

Ramsey followed consecutive two-out singles by Johnson and Travis (13th round, Tigers) with an RBI single, but Stony Brook had a chance to end the inning on a grounder to the shortstop. Cole Peragine short-armed his throw to first, allowing two more runs to score. Gonzalez (27th round, Dodgers) followed a walk by launching right-hander Brandon McNitt's 1-0 offering into the left-field bullpen.

"You can't, against good teams, make the mistakes we made and expect to survive that," Senk said. "And that's pretty much the bottom line."

Stony Brook advanced to the College World Series after twice staving off elimination. The Seawolves advanced out of the loser's bracket in the Coral Gables Regional before winning two straight against LSU after dropping the opener of the Baton Rouge Super Regional.

The Seawolves, who also lost to UCLA on Friday, were unable to do so Sunday, as Florida State right-hander Mike Compton held them to two runs on six hits in six innings.

Stony Brook's only two runs came on a groundout by catcher Patrick Cantwell (third round, Rangers) and a single by third baseman William Carmona (11th round, Phillies) in the fifth.

Unlike Senk, Carmona was able to summarize Stony Brook's journey.

"It's a hard loss, but I look back on the season, and I think we did what no one thought we could ever do, what everyone thought was basically impossible," Carmona said. "And we made it happen somehow. And I'll never forget that."

Sunday's scores
Florida State 12, Stony Brook 2
Arizona 4, UCLA 0

Monday's games
Kent State (46-19) vs. No. 1 Florida (47-19), 5 p.m. ET
Arkansas (45-20) vs. No. 8 South Carolina (46-17), 9 p.m. ET

Cash Kruth is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.