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Mets host college players from Stony Brook

Mets host college players from Stony Brook

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Mets host college players from Stony Brook
NEW YORK -- The Northeast may never be a haven for college baseball, but that didn't stop Stony Brook University.

The Seawolves, fresh off their captivating run to the College World Series, watched from the field as the Mets took batting practice at Citi Field on Tuesday before a 5-0 win over the Orioles.

A Division I baseball program for only 12 years, Stony Brook upset six-time national champion LSU in the Super Regional to reach the CWS for the first time. The Seawolves were ousted from the tourney with a loss to Florida State on Sunday -- Stony Brook also lost to UCLA on Friday in its first game of the double-elimination tournament. Still, that didn't make the team's run any less remarkable.

"After we lost in Omaha, it didn't really sink in, but on the plane ride home the next day, it was kind of like, 'Wow. What we accomplished was something amazing that not every team does, and even great programs don't make it to Omaha,'" center fielder Travis Jankowski said on Tuesday. "We're kind of a no-name Northeast team that made it there."

Jankowski was among seven Seawolves selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, which was held earlier this month. The center fielder, who was named Most Valuable Player of the Cape Cod Summer League in 2011, was selected by the Padres at No. 44 overall after hitting .414 this season.

On Tuesday, the players were all smiles as they got to catch a glimpse of some of their favorite players taking swings in the cage. Catcher Pat Cantwell -- who was selected in the third round by the Texas Rangers -- said it was a "surreal" way to kick off his professional career.

"It's absolutely unreal, the opportunity to come and watch the pros do it," he said. "You dream of this as a kid, coming out on the field and watching the guys that you've idolized for so long practice and warm up before a game and just see how it's done. It's been an amazing run and this is just the icing on the cake."

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