Softball drops first two games in Jacksonville
Feb. 15, 2013
Jacksonville, Fla. - The Stony Brook softball team dropped its first two games of the Jacksonville Tournament on Friday, 8-0 to No. 17 Louisville and 6-1 to the host Dolphins.
"It was good to be out on the dirt and grass to open the season. We got roughed up a bit, but we did progress in our hitting from game one to game two and our defense was excellent all day long."
--Head Coach Megan Bryant
In the season opener against No. 17 Louisville, sophomore pitcher Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) tossed her 31st career complete game, but took the defeat as the powerful Cardinals' lineup pounded out 14 hits and eight runs.
Louisville (5-1) broke through in the top of the second on a two-run homer by Hannah Kiyohara and never looked back, adding two more in the third, two in the fifth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Stony Brook (0-2) had three hits in the contest, including two singles by junior Nicole Hagerty (Sicklerville, N.J.). Cukrov struck out three batters, while Louisville starter Rachel Le Coq fanned four Seawolves in a complete-game effort.
Freshman Jane Sallen (Lake Worth, Fla.) got the ball in game two and held the Dolphins (4-2) scoreless through the first three innings, buying time for Stony Brook to strike first. In the top of the third, sophomore Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) gave the Seawolves their first run of the year with an RBI single up the middle, plating senior Gina Bianculli (Oakdale, N.Y.).
Jacksonville finally broke through against Sallen in the fourth on a two-run homer by Ashley Simon. The Dolphins then manufactured four more in the fifth courtesy of four hits and a Stony Brook error to extend the score to 6-1.
Sallen was charged with the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits in 4.1 innings. Junior Christine Lucido (Melville, N.Y.) came on in relief and tossed 1.2 scoreless frames. Both Stony Brook pitchers posted a strikeout and a walk.
The Numbers Game
• Louisville outhit Stony Brook, 14-3, in the opener
News and Notes
• Cukrov's 31 career complete games rank 10th all-time at Stony Brook.
Stony Brook is back in action Saturday against Bethune-Cookman (2 p.m.) and Jacksonville (4:15 p.m.).