Everyone who follows college baseball knows the Cinderella Story by know. Stony Brook a Division I program based out of Long Island, NY has captured the baseball world by storm.
Stony Brook has recorded the most wins in Division I baseball with a 52-13 record. In February with only two weeks to go before the start of the Stony Brook schedule Head Coach Matt Senk a 22 year coach at Stony Brook needed to fill a coaching position on his staff. Coach Dave Lorber who has been a Baseball U coach since the start of the program got a call and interviewed for the position.
Coach Lorber has helped in many aspects of the program since February and was assigned the job of first base coach while the potent Sea Wolves bats were on the offensive attack.
There have been many shots of Coach Lorber greeting the base runners over the past two weeks on ESPN. He has showed his experience in keeping things loose as he gives instruction to the players.
In the first round of the NCAA regionals Stony Brook shocked the world by winning a tough bracket with U of Miami, UCF and Missouri State. On several occasions the team fought back from behind to come out of the bracket.
“This is unreal” said Lorber prior to the team heading to the Super Regional where they would face a LSU program that has been to the college world series 20 times.
In the opening game of the Super Regional Stony Brook lost an extra inning game in one of the most memorable games in college baseball history. In game two with LSU’s ace on the mound they came out on top by winning 3-1 and setting up a winner take all match up with LSU for the right to head to Omaha.
Stony Brook out hit the Tigers 15-3 and came away with the victory on a national televised game that was the lead story on every sports show including every ESPN station. The win has been compared to a 16 seed advancing to the Final 4 in basketball.
A phone call at 12:30AM from Dave to Coach Wells was taken and with a raspy voice, “Are we really going to OMAHA?” The same phone call was taken at 8AM on Tuesday. Yes, Dave you are going to OMAHA.
It has been one hell of a ride but why stop now, said Coach Wells.
On Friday the Baseball U staff will be in front of a TV at 5PM in Stony Brook’s home town in Long Island getting ready to kick off their season out at Baseball Heaven in Long Island.
Dave offered an invitation to attend to Coach Wells in OMAHA but because of obligations to the tournament in Long Island could not attend. The entire staff will be watching with all the support of not only Dave and Stony Brook but for the entire Northeast base of college baseball.
Good Luck to Dave and Stony Brook and we are behind “U”