Softball extends win streak to nine in sweep of Sacred Heart

Junior Nicole Hagerty hit her first HR of the season on Wednesday

April 10, 2013

Box Score

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook softball team (21-15) pushed its winning streak to nine straight games with a doubleheader sweep of Sacred Heart on Wednesday at University Field. The Seawolves won the opener, 11-0, before rallying for a 3-2 victory in game two.

Coach's Reaction

"Any day you win two games is a good day. We had to work a lot harder for the second game, but I'm proud of the fight we put up and the execution in the seventh inning."

--Head Coach Megan Bryant

Game One

Stony Brook opened the day with an emphatic performance at the plate, recording 13 hits in an 11-0 rout. Four different players recorded multi-hit games, including senior Gina Bianculli (Oakdale, N.Y.) who went 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs. Junior Nicole Hagerty (Sicklerville, N.J.) led Stony Brook with three runs batted in and had a pair of hits at the dish.

The Seawolves struck first in the second when Bianculli ripped a pitch over the centerfield fence for a two-run homer, her third long-ball of the season. Stony Brook then exploded for nine runs in the third, sending 13 batters to the plate and registering nine hits. Freshman Kellie Reynolds (Paso Robles, Calif.) had two hits in the inning, including an RBI double, while Hagerty also posted two hits in the frame and knocked in three runs on a single and a double.

With plenty of run support, sophomore Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) carved apart the Sacred Heart lineup, limiting the visitors to just three hits, while striking out eight in a five-inning shutout.



Game Two

The Seawolves carried their hot hitting into the second game, scoring a run in the first on a sac fly by sophomore Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.).

Sacred Heart (17-17) quickly tied it at 1-1 in the second courtesy of a Stony Brook error, and then took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on an RBI double by Kate Nadler.

Down to its final six outs, Stony Brook rallied to tie in the sixth on a solo home run by Hagerty. The Seawolves then won the game in the seventh after junior Jessica Zeilman (Newfield, N.J.) led off with a single and eventually scored on a fielding error following a single by freshman Alexandra Pisciotta (New Hyde Park, N.Y.).

Cukrov earned the win once again in game two after relieving starter Christine Lucido (Melville, N.Y.) in the fifth.

The Numbers Game

• Stony Brook outhit Sacred Heart, 21-7, over the course of the doubleheader.
• Eight different Stony Brook players had hits in each game.
• Reynolds had three hits Wednesday; the freshman had just three hits total prior to the doubleheader.

News and Notes

• The Seawolves have swept each of their last three doubleheaders (UMBC, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart).
• Cukrov surpassed the 300-strikeout plateau with eight K's in game one. Cukrov's 308 career strikeouts are the fifth-most by any pitcher in Stony Brook history.
• Bryant is now one win shy of 700 for her career.
• Stony Brook has now won at least 20 games in each of Bryant's 13 seasons as head coach.
• Pisciotta has hit safely in 10 of her last 12 games.
• Stony Brook is now 13-2 at home and has won 11 straight non-conference games.

Up Next

The Seawolves will return to conference play this weekend for a showdown against first-place Albany (6-0). The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m., before wrapping up the series Sunday at noon.