Late inning heroics help #Seawolves sweep Sacred Heart

Freshman Lexie Shue hit a game-tying three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh in game two

March 16, 2014

Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. -

After playing its first 15 games away from home, the Stony Brook softball team opened its home slate in dramatic fashion, hitting a pair of late-inning home runs to defeat Sacred Heart, 4-3, in both games.

Sophomore Jessica Zeilman (Newfield, N.J.) drilled a solo shot to straight-away center in the bottom of the sixth in game one and freshman Lexie Shue (Lakewood, Calif.) lined a three-run homer to left to tie the game at three in the bottom of the seventh in game two.

Junior Bria Green (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) hit a line-drive double to left to score senior Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) as the Seawolves walked-off with the win in the nightcap.

Head Coach Megan Bryant's Reaction
"It was really good to play the way we did at the end of the game. One of our freshman (Lexie Shue) had a great clutch at bat. We definitely want to make life a lot easier for our pitchers, who battled today in the elements."

Game One Recap
Stony Brook put up two runs on the scoreboard in the second inning. Senior Nicole Schieferstein (Seaford, N.Y.) hit a two-out, two-run double, scoring Green and Zeilman.

Green had an RBI sacrifice fly in the fifth to give Stony Brook a 3-0 lead.

Sophomore Jane Sallen (Lake Worth, Fla.) allowed only four base runners through the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth. With two outs and runners on first and second, Kate Nadler doubled to left to set Sacred Heart up with second and third. Junior Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) came on in relief and allowed a two-run double to McKenna Wiegand.



Zeilman belted the first pitch she saw for her first home run of the season.

Cukrov retired the Pioneers in order in the seventh to earn the victory.

Game Two Recap
Sacred Heart starter Jamie Carlson was outstanding against the Seawolves, allowing only four hits through the first six innings.

The Pioneers took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh, but the Seawolves finally got to Carlson. Sophomores Kellie Reynolds (Paso Robles, Calif.) and Kat Zabielski (Farmingdale, N.Y.) each reached on infield singles before Shue took the first pitch she saw and lined it over the left-centerfield fence to tie the game at three.

Kacie Wentworth relieved Carlson and hit Combs with her first pitch. Senior Olivia Mintun (Neoga, Ill.) followed with a sacrifice bunt, advancing Combs to second. Two batters later, Green lined a double down the left-field line as the Seawolves walked off with the victory.

By The Numbers
• Mintun hit .667 (4-6) in the doubleheader
• The Seawolves outhit the Pioneers, 17-9
• Sallen and Cukrov each picked up a win after relieving each other
• Sacred Heart committed five errors, including four in game one

News & Notes
• Mintun is on an eight-game hitting streak and leads the team with a .333 average
• Junior Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) has struck out once in 54 at bats.
• The three-game winning streak is Stony Brook's first of the season

Up Next
Stony Brook will host regional rival LIU Brooklyn this Wednesday at 3 p.m.