Softball takes two on first day of Stony Brook Invitational
March 15, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook softball team (9-13) defeated Yale and Manhattan on Friday to open the home portion of its 2013 schedule. The Seawolves took down the Bulldogs by a 7-1 score, before holding off the Jaspers by a 4-2 count.
"It was a good day for us, especially given the conditions. I was really pleased with our defense and we had a good day at the plate as well; even when we made outs, we made hard outs. I thought the pitching staff did a great job, too."
--Head Coach Megan Bryant
In the first game of the day, Stony Brook pounced on Yale (2-8) for six runs in the first inning. The big hit in the frame came off the bat of sophomore Lauren Kamachi (Surrey, British Columbia), who blasted her first-career grand slam to give the hosts a 6-0 advantage.
The Seawolves added another run in the fifth courtesy of an error, giving starting pitcher Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) plenty of run support. Cukrov coasted through seven innings, allowing just one hit, a solo home run, while fanning seven.
Stony Brook received more stellar pitching in the second game against Manhattan (3-5) as freshman Jane Sallen (Lake Worth, Fla.) earned her first collegiate win. Sallen turned in six solid innings, allowing just one earned run, while striking out three and walking none.
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the second, the Seawolves answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame on RBI hits by Combs and sophomore Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.). The advantage held until the sixth when Stony Brook added two crucial insurance tallies, scoring a pair of runs on a single by Green to left field.
The Jaspers did not go quietly in the seventh. With daylight quickly fading to dusk, Manhattan rallied with three singles to lead off the inning, prompting a pitching change that brought on junior Christine Lucido (Melville, N.Y.) in a save situation. With runners on second and third and no outs, Lucido struck out two batters and induced a fly-out to end the game and give Stony Brook its second win of the day.
The Numbers Game
• Stony Brook outhit Yale, 10-1, recording seven singles, one double (Jessica Zeilman), one triple (Olivia Mintun) and one home run (Kamachi).
Stony Brook will face Providence on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.