Zeilman, strong pitching lead #Seawolves to sweep over UMBC

Junior Allison Cukrov struck out 10 in game one against UMBC Tuesday

April 1, 2014

Final Stats

Baltimore, Md. - After having its series against UMBC delayed three days, the Stony Brook softball team showed little fatigue and swept two games from the Retrievers, winning game one, 3-2, and game two, 2-1. Junior Jessica Zeilman (Newfield, N.J.) had the game-winning RBI in both games.

Head Coach Megan Bryant's Reaction
"We did a great job of staying focused and motivated with the delays.  Two true team wins today.  Jane did a tremendous job in game two; she was effective with her pitches and mentally tough." 

Game One Recap
Down 2-1, the Seawolves (12-12, 4-1 America East) went ahead for good in the sixth. With one out, senior Olivia Mintun (Neoga, Ill.) doubled and scored on junior Bria Green's (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) RBI single.  After sophomore Melissa Phelan (Saddle Brook, N.J.) was retired, Green stole second and went to third on an error by the catcher.  Zeilman lined a single up the middle on the first pitch she saw to give Stony Brook the lead.

UMBC (20-11, 0-2) put runners on first and second in the seventh, but junior Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.), who picked up her eighth win of the season, struck out Kaelin Jackson and Jaclyn Buckley to end the game.

Cukrov allowed only one hit after the first inning, a single to Danielle O'Neill in the third.

In the third inning, UMBC loaded the bases with none out. Cukrov buckled down and struck out Jackson and Buckley and got Kelly Lane to ground out.

Phelan's RBI double in the Seawolves' half of the third made it 2-1.



Taylor Hall hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to stake UMBC to a two-run lead.

Game Two Recap
Stony Brook got on the scoreboard first.  Freshman Lexie Shue (Lakewood, Calif.) pinch ran for Phelan, who walked with one out. One batter later, junior Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) doubled to the gap in the left, driving in Shue and recording her first RBI in five games.

Zeilman added her second home run of the season in the sixth, a solo shot to center, to make it 2-0.

UMBC added a run in the bottom of the sixth.  Jackson's RBI double to left scored Nicole Casagrand from first.

Sophomore Jane Sallen (Lake Worth, Fla.) picked up the win in game two, tossing 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run and striking out three.  She pitched 5 2/3 before Cukrov came in to retire O'Neill.  Cukrov retired one batter in the seventh.  Sallen re-entered the game and allowed a base runner before inducing groundouts to the next two batters to end the game.

By The Numbers
• Cukrov struck out a season-high 10 in game one and won her fifth straight decision
• The Seawolves won their sixth straight one-run game
• Stony Brook is 4-0 when it doesn't commit an error
• Stony Brook turned its seventh double play of the season after Sallen and Phelan combined on the 1-3 putout.
• UMBC game one starter Jessica Holte was dealt just her fourth loss in 16 decisions
• Giosia finished with three hits in the doubleheader, including two doubles in game two

News & Notes
• Mintun has reached base safely in 13 of the last 15 games. She is second on the team with a .390 on-base percentage
• Today's victories over UMBC get Stony Brook to .500 for the first time this season
• Zeilman is batting .350 with runners in scoring position