Pisciotta, Cukrov help #Seawolves salvage split with Columbia

Sophomore Alexandra Pisciotta went 4-for-6 in the doubleheader at Columbia
 
Sophomore Alexandra Pisciotta went 4-for-6 in the doubleheader at Columbia
 
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April 8, 2014

Game One Stats | Game Two Stats

New York, N.Y. - Sophomore Alexandra Pisciotta (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and junior Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) tossed a one-hitter in game two to help the Stony Brook softball team salvage a split of a doubleheader with Columbia Tuesday afternoon.

The Seawolves were edged 1-0 in game one, but bounced back with a shutout, 5-0, in game two.

Head Coach Megan Bryant's Reaction
"We left too many runners on in game one.  We must do a better job capitalizing on our opportunities. Game two was so much better.  Once this team develops a consistent offensive approach, we're going to be very dangerous." 

Game One Recap
Stony Brook (16-14) and Columbia (15-15) were scoreless until the bottom of the fourth. Shelby Unger doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Alyssa Rodia followed with a single through the right side to drive in Unger for the first run.

The Seawolves best chance to score came in the top of the fifth. Senior Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) singled up the middle with one out. Senior Olivia Mintun walked and junior Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) beat out an infield single to second. But Columbia starter Emily Kenyon retired the next two batters to get out of the jam.

Sophomore Jane Sallen (Lake Worth, Fla.) took the loss despite throwing a complete game. She allowed six hits, one run and struck out two.

Game Two Recap
After just five hits in the first game, Stony Brook recorded three hits and three runs in the first inning. Combs led off the game with a hit by pitch and advanced to third on Mintun's single. With runners on second and third, Giosia grounded out to third to score Combs. Mintun scored on junior Bria Green's (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) bunt single. Pisciotta's two-out single to center drove in Green for the third run.


 

 

Pisciotta recorded RBI singles in the third and fifth.

Cukrov went the distance for her eighth complete game of the season. She struck out six and did not walk a batter.

By The Numbers
• Stony Brook turned its ninth double play of the season in the third inning. Sallen caught a line drive hit by Mackensy Lakian and doubled off Macy Shrum at first
• The Seawolves had a runner in scoring position in each inning
• Stony Brook left 11 runners on base in game one
• Combs had two of Stony Brook's five hits in game one
• Giosia extended her hitting streak to eight games
• Mintun had two hits in game two for her eighth multi-hit game of the season
• Cukrov retired 13 straight batters and 16 of the final 17

News & Notes
• Pisciotta made her return to the starting lineup after missing 22 of the last 23 games with an injury
• Junior Jessica Zeilman (Newfield, N.J.) has hit safely in seven of the last nine games
• Sallen has allowed only two earned runs in the last 22 1/3 innings
• Cukrov has not lost a game since March 8, a span of 12 games. She's also won seven straight decisions

Up Next
Stony Brook will host Long Island rival Hofstra on Thursday, April 10 at 4 p.m. The two programs have not played since 2009.