SBU Baseball Defeats No. 2/3 LSU, Defending National Champs

For the Stony Brook University baseball team, Baton Rouge is a home away from home.

The Seawolves, on a southern swing through Texas and Louisiana, defeated No. 2/3 Louisiana State University — the reigning NCAA national champions — 5-2 on Friday, February 23, at LSU’s Alex Box Stadium, with all nine starters in the lineup reaching base safely.

In 2012, Stony Brook “shocked the world” by defeating LSU in Baton Rouge in the NCAA Super Regional to advance to the College World Series, en route to a 52-win season.

This time, the Seawolves beat the Tigers in the second game of a Friday doubleheader, which began with a 5-2 loss to Northwestern State, despite outhitting the Demons, 9-6.

The offense stayed hot in game two against LSU, racking up 10 hits and putting the game away with two runs in the eighth inning. Sophomore Eddie Smink got the win, striking out seven in five innings and allowing just three hits. Freshman Erik Paulsen finished the game, throwing the final four scoreless frames. Robert Taylor had two doubles and three RBI, while Brett Paulsen went 3-for-4.

The win was the second Power-Five victory of the season for Stony Brook, after a 10-8 win over Purdue on Feb. 17. The Seawolves are now 3-2 all-time against LSU.

Stony Brook (3-5) completed the weekend series with a 5-1 win over Northwestern State on Saturday, and an 18-10 loss to LSU on Sunday.

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