Green's monster day spurs softball to Saturday sweep
March 2, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. - Sophomore Bria Green (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) accounted for two home runs and eight RBI on Saturday as the Stony Brook softball team (6-8) posted victories over Lafayette and North Carolina A&T at the NC State Wolfpack Challenge. The Seawolves cruised by the Leopards, 12-1, before holding off the Aggies, 8-7.
After scoring just two runs on Friday, the Seawolves' bats erupted in Saturday's opener against Lafayette (1-2), pounding out a season-high 14 hits en route to a 12-1 win. Green led the charge with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate, including a home run, two doubles and five RBI, while junior Christine Lucido (Melville, N.Y.) improved to 4-0 with a complete-game effort in the circle.
The Seawolves jumped on the Leopards early with two runs in the first inning as Green and redshirt junior Jessica Zeilman (Newfield, N.J.) each doubled in runs. Stony Brook then added five more in the second on four hits, including a two-RBI double by Green and another run-scoring hit by Zeilman.
With an 8-1 lead in the sixth, Green went back to work with a two-run homer, before senior Gina Bianculli (Oakdale, N.Y.) plated two more on Stony Brook's seventh double of the game.
In a back-and-forth affair against North Carolina A&T (1-5), Stony Brook prevailed by an 8-7 score to even its record at 2-2 on the weekend. Freshman Kat Zabielski (Farmingdale, N.Y.) made her first collegiate hit count with an RBI single in the second to give SBU a 1-0 lead. Green then continued her assault on opposing pitching with another RBI hit in the third to double the advantage.
After the Aggies evened the contest in the fourth with two unearned runs, sophomore Lauren Kamachi (Surrey, British Columbia) un-tied the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the frame to make it 3-2 Seawolves.
North Carolina A&T battled back to claim a 4-3 advantage in the sixth, but again Stony Brook had an answer. Green led off the inning with another home run to tie the game, before Bianculli delivered the decisive blow with a three-run blast to make it 7-4. Green then tacked on another RBI courtesy of a bases-loaded walk later in the inning to give Stony Brook an important eighth run.
Despite a four-run advantage in the seventh, the game was far from over. A two-run homer by Sabrina Edmonds cut the Seawolves' lead to 8-6, and after a single and a walk gave the Aggies further life, Stony Brook turned to Lucido in a save situation to close the game out. The junior gave up a run-scoring hit to make it 8-7, but struck out Zebresha Blakeney with runners on second and third to end the game in the Seawolves' favor.
The Numbers Game
• Stony Brook's 2-5 hitters went 10-for-14 (.714) with nine runs and nine RBI against Lafayette.
News and Notes
• Lucido earned her first-career save with 0.2 innings of relief against NC A&T.
The Seawolves will wrap up the Wolfpack Challenge on Sunday against Kansas at 9 a.m.