Softball posts 3-1 record at Longwood with Sunday split
Feb. 24, 2013
Farmville, Va. - The Stony Brook softball team (4-6) earned a split on Sunday at the Longwood Spring Classic to finish the weekend with a 3-1 record at the tournament. The Seawolves defeated Bucknell, 4-3, in eight innings, before falling to the host Lancers, 3-0, in the weekend finale.
"We had to grind out the Bucknell win and it was good to see us refuse to lose. Jess Zeilman had a great at-bat to drive in the winning run and Jane Sallen and Christine Lucido combined for a great effort in the circle. We have to tip our hat to the Longwood pitcher in game two as she was tough. All in all, this was a good weekend for our young team as we competed hard and improved quite a bit."
--Head Coach Megan Bryant
After handling Bucknell, 13-2, the previous day, Stony Brook found itself in a tightly-contested battle on Sunday. The Seawolves scored the first three runs of the game, before the Bison (1-6) chipped away and eventually tied the score to send the contest to extra innings.
Sophomore Bria Green (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) put Stony Brook on the board in the bottom of the first with an RBI single, before junior Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) increased the advantage with a two-RBI single in the third to make it 3-0.
Freshman Jane Sallen (Lake Worth, Fla.) coasted into the sixth with a 3-1 lead, but surrendered a two-run home run in the top of the frame that evened the scoreline.
With the extra-inning tiebreaker rule in effect, Bucknell led off the eighth with a runner on second. After reliever Christine Lucido (Melville, N.Y.) induced a groundout, the Bison attempted to squeeze the go-ahead run home from third on a bunt. The attempt failed, however, as third-baseman Gina Bianculli (Oakdale, N.Y.) grabbed the ball and fired home to get the runner out at the plate.
In the bottom of the frame, the Seawolves went right to work as Combs sacrificed the leadoff runner to third, before redshirt junior Jessica Zeilman (Newfield, N.J.) singled to right to end the game.
In the second game of the day, Stony Brook had trouble solving Longwood pitcher Brooke Short, who threw a complete-game one-hitter and allowed just four total baserunners. Short had her no-hitter bid broken up with two outs in the seventh when Zeilman singled to right field. Freshman Alexandra Pisciotta (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) then drew a walk to put the tying run at the plate, but Short retired pinch-hitter Nicole Hoyle (Warwick, Md.) to end the game.
Longwood (6-1) did its damage with solo homer in the fourth off the bat of Short, before tacking on two insurance runs in the sixth courtesy of a run-scoring single and an RBI hit-by-pitch.
Sophomore Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) limited the Lancers to just four hits, but was saddled with the hard-luck loss, despite pitching her third complete-game of the season.
The Numbers Game
• Stony Brook outhit its opponents, 25-16, and outscored opponents, 20-10, over the weekend.
News and Notes
• Through 10 games, Green leads the Seawolves with a .393 average and a .571 slugging percentage.
The Seawolves will travel to Raleigh, N.C. on March 1-3 for the NC State Wolfpack Challenge. Stony Brook will open the competition against Big 12 foe Kansas on Friday afternoon.