Lucido fires softball to split at Rutgers
April 17, 2013
Piscataway, N.J. - Junior Christine Lucido (Melville, N.Y.) won her sixth straight decision on Wednesday to help the Stony Brook softball team pick up a split at Rutgers. The Seawolves won the opener, 3-1, before falling in the second game by a 7-1 score.
With Lucido coasting in the circle, the Seawolves (23-18) used the long-ball to record a 3-1 win in the opener. Sophomore Bria Green (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) gave Stony Brook a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the second, before solo shots from junior Jessica Zeilman (Newfield, N.J.) and freshman Alexandra Pisciotta (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) in the seventh extended the lead.
Lucido turned in her fifth complete-game effort of the year, striking out four while allowing seven hits and one earned run. Since her record fell to 4-1 on March 8 vs. Ball State, Lucido has won six straight decisions to improve to 10-1, while lowering her conference-best ERA to 1.78. Since the Ball State game, Lucido has not allowed more than one earned run in all 13 appearances, a span of 54 innings.
Rutgers (24-19) evened things up with a 7-1 victory in game two, using a four-run fourth inning to take command of what was previously a 1-1 game.
Freshman Melissa Phelan (Saddle Brook, N.J.) accounted for the lone Seawolves' run with an RBI single in the fourth, her first collegiate RBI. But Rutgers answered right back in the bottom of the frame, using five hits to chase SBU starter Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) from the game and make it 5-1 for the hosts.
The Numbers Game
• Both teams had seven hits in the opener.
• With a win in the opener, Stony Brook extended its non-conference winning streak to 10 straight games, before having it snapped in game two.
Stony Brook returns to America East play this weekend for a three-game series at Maine.