April 12, 2014
Lowell, Mass. -
Behind strong pitching performances from junior Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) and sophomore Jane Sallen (Lake Worth, Fla.), the Stony Brook softball team swept a doubleheader from UMass Lowell Saturday.
The Seawolves beat the River Hawks, 5-0, in game one and won game two, 2-1.
Head Coach Megan Bryant's Reaction
"Allie and Jane gave us solid performances today. Jane stayed tough in game two without a lot of run support. We will look to come out tomorrow with a better offensive approach."
Game One Recap
Cukrov was backed by three home runs, including two from junior Bria Green (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.). Green belted a homer in the first inning, a two-run shot for her seventh HR of the season.
Up 3-0 in the seventh, senior Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) led off the inning with her third of the season. Three batters later, Green homered to left to make it 5-0.
Cukrov was outstanding again, throwing a one-hitter to pick up her 13th win of the season. She allowed three walks and struck out seven in her 10th complete game of the season.
Game Two Recap
Stony Brook (19-14, 9-1) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Sophomore Melissa Phelan (Saddle Brook, N.J.) singled and advanced to second on a walk. Sophomore Alexandra Pisciotta continued her torrid pace with a single to left to load the bases. Junior Jessica Zeilman hit into an fielder's choice to drive in Phelan for the first run.
Green's RBI single in the fifth drove in senior Olivia Mintun
(Neoga, Ill.) to make it 2-0.
Sallen, who tossed her fifth complete game of the season, shut the River Hawks out through six innings. In the seventh, Kathryn Donovan singled to right with one out. After Sallen struck out Alisha Welch, Tori Alcorn doubled in Welch and advanced to third on the throw. But Sallen buckled down and struck out Brianna Martin to end the game.
By The Numbers
Sophomore Alexandra Pisciotta (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) had two hits in the doubleheader and is 9-for-16 since rejoining the starting lineup
Combs (3) and Green accounted for five of the Seawolves' seven hits and four of the five runs in game one
The Seawolves walked five times in game two after not recording a walk against Hofstra Thursday
Green's two HRs gives her eight for the season, surpassing last year's season total of seven
News & Notes
Junior Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) had her nine-game hitting streak snapped in game one
Cukrov won her ninth straight decision and hasn't lost since March 8, a span of 14 games
Stony Brook's pitching staff has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 11 straight games
Today's games against UMass Lowell were the first since 1996 when the two programs were in Division II.
Stony Brook is 8-0 when it doesn't commit an error
The Seawolves will for its third straight conference series sweep tomorrow at 12 p.m.