Cukrov tosses no-hitter as softball sweeps Holy Cross
March 17, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Freshman Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) fired her first-career no-hitter as the Stony Brook softball team powered by Holy Cross, 7-0 and 10-1, to sweep a doubleheader on Saturday at University Field.
Cukrov was dialed in from the outset, striking out seven of the first nine batters she faced. A second-inning walk and a fourth-inning hit-by-pitch were the only baserunners Holy Cross (2-12) could muster against the Seawolves' freshman phenom, as Cukrov retired the final 12 batters she faced to complete the no-hitter. Cukrov finished with 10 strikeouts and lowered her season ERA to 1.51.
The Seawolves' (12-6) offense also did its part to give Cukrov plenty of run support, scoring once in the first and plating two runs each in the fourth, fifth and sixth. Freshman Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) went 3-for-3 in the first game and knocked in a run in the first inning to give the Seawolves the lead. After plating two runs via error in the fourth, the Seawolves tacked on another run in fifth on an RBI triple by senior Lauren Maloney (Las Vegas, Nev.). Maloney then trotted home on a wild pitch to make it 5-0.
Senior Suzanne Karath (Fishkill, N.Y.) knocked in a sixth run in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single and Stony Brook added its final tally on a passed ball to make it 7-0.
In the second game, Holy Cross opened the scoring with a two-out homer in the top of the first, but Stony Brook scored 10 unanswered runs to end the game after five innings.
Senior Bernadette Tenuto (Audubon, N.J.) and junior Gina Bianculli (Oakdale, N.Y) both hit their first home runs of the season as the Seawolves' bats exploded for 11 hits. Tenuto and Bianculli each went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the second game, while Giosia, Karath and sophomore Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) also recorded multi-hit performances.
Junior Taylor Chain (Gloucester, N.J.) earned the win, scattering four hits, while striking out seven to pick up her second victory of the season.
The Seawolves return to action on Wednesday with a doubleheader at Fairfield starting at 2 p.m.