Bianculli, Lucido lift softball to split vs. Hartford

Junior Christine Lucido

March 23, 2013

Box Score

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.

Coach's Reaction

"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

Game One

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.

Junior Nicole Hagerty (Sicklerville, N.J.) and freshman Alexandra Pisciotta (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) contributed the hits for Stony Brook.

Game Two

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.
• Saturday's win was Stony Brook's first shutout of the season. 
• Lucido earned her sixth win Saturday after posting five wins all of last year.
• Lucido is now 11-4 in her collegiate career, good for a .733 winning percentage. 

Up Next

The teams will wrap up the series on Sunday at noon.