Bianculli, Lucido lift softball to split vs. Hartford
March 23, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook softball team (12-14) opened America East play with a split on Saturday against Hartford at University Field. The Seawolves fell, 1-0, in 11 innings in the opener, before rebounding for a 2-0 win in the second game.
"Obviously, we're disappointed with the offensive output, but our pitching and defense were outstanding today. We made big plays all day in the infield and the outfield."
--Head Coach Megan Bryant
In a pitchers' duel between Stony Brook's Allison Cukrov and Hartford's Zuzana Kudernatschova, the teams played nearly 11 complete innings before a run was scored. Kudernatschova stymied the Seawolves' bats, allowing only two hits and holding Stony Brook hitless into the 10th inning. Cukrov was also dominant, surrending just one run on eight hits, including the deciding bloop single with the bases loaded and two outs in the 11th.
The second game of the day also belonged to the pitchers, but it was Stony Brook's Christine Lucido (Melville, N.Y.) who shined brightest. Lucido tossed seven shutout innings, striking out three, to help the Seawolves earn the split.
The only offense came off the bat of senior Gina Bianculli (Oakdale, N.Y.), who swatted a two-run homer in the top of the fifth to break the team's scoreless streak of nearly 16 innings on the day. Bianculli went 2-for-3 in the game and joined Hagerty and Pisciotta as the only three Stony Brook players to record more than one hit Saturday.
News and Notes
The Seawolves have given up two runs or less in each of the last eight games.
The teams will wrap up the series on Sunday at noon.