Softball edges LIU in extra innings, 8-7
March 27, 2013
Brooklyn, N.Y. – Sophomore Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI as the Stony Brook softball team edged Long Island, 8-7, in nine innings on Wednesday.
The Seawolves (13-15) manufactured two runs in the third to strike first. Junior Olivia Mintun (Neoga, Ill.) initiated the rally with a two-out single and then alertly swiped second base to give the visitors a runner in scoring position.
Giosia then stepped to the plate and drove a single into center to plate Mintun and give the Seawolves a 1-0 lead. The next batter, junior Nicole Hagerty (Sicklerville, N.J.), followed with another single to bring in Giosia to double the advantage.
The lead was quickly erased, however, as the Blackbirds (4-28) answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 4-2 lead. Long Island produced five hits in the inning, including a pair of doubles by Karina Cervantes and Lauren Morizi.
Stony Brook promptly punched back in the fourth when junior Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) sliced a two-out, bases-loaded double into right-center to tie it at 4-4.
After Long Island answered with a run in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead, Giosia again came up big with a two-out, three-run homer in the sixth to make it 7-5 Seawolves. The long-ball was Giosia’s fourth of the season to lead the team.
Yet again, LIU came back with two runs in the sixth to knot the scoreline at 7-7, but it was Stony Brook that would have the last laugh. With runners at the corners and one out in the ninth, senior Gina Bianculli (Oakdale, N.Y.) lined the ball to center for a sac fly to give Stony Brook the lead for good.
Freshman Jane Sallen (Lake Worth, Fla.) picked up the win in relief with 3.2 scoreless innings and two strikeouts.
The Numbers Game
• Long Island outhit Stony Brook, 15-10.
News and Notes
• Stony Brook’s streak of nine straight games allowing less than two runs came to an end.
The Seawolves will host Fairfield on Thursday for a single game starting at 2 p.m.