Softball struggles on opening day at Wolfpack Challenge
March 1, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. - The Stony Brook softball team (4-8) wrapped up the opening day of the NC State Wolfpack Challenge with a pair of losses at the hands of Kansas and the host NC State Friday. The Seawolves fell to the Jayhawks, 12-0, before suffering a 16-2 setback against the Wolfpack.
In a battle against Big 12 foe Kansas (12-4), the Seawolves fell victim to an eight-run second inning that put the game out of reach. The Jayhawks manufactured their offensive explosion via seven hits and one costly Stony Brook error that made all eight runs unearned.
Kansas then added a run in the fourth courtesy of a solo home run, before tacking on three more in the fifth to round out the scoring. Jayhawks' pitcher Alicia Pille had a no-hitter bid broken up with two outs in the fifth when sophomore Lauren Kamachi (Surrey, British Columbia) produced a pinch-hit single to left. For the game, Kansas outhit the Seawolves by a 13-1 margin.
The second game of the day started brightly, but quickly turned sour for Stony Brook. Freshman Jane Sallen (Lake Worth, Fla.) dazzled over the first three innings, holding NC State hitless as the Seawolves built a 2-0 lead into the fourth.
The lead quickly slipped away in the fourth, however, as NC State sent 20 batters to the plate and scored 16 runs on 13 hits and four wild pitches.
The Numbers Game
• Stony Brook was outhit, 26-6, on Friday; all six Seawolves hits came from different players.
News and Notes
• The Seawolves have now broken up two no-hitter bids with only one out left in the game this season. The first came against Longwood last Sunday.
Stony Brook will look to bounce back on Saturday against Lafayette at 12:15 p.m. and North Carolina A&T at 2:30 p.m.