April 17, 2014
Hamden, Conn. - The Stony Brook softball team stretched its winning streak to seven games with a doubleheader sweep of Quinnipiac Thursday.
The Seawolves (22-14) won game one, 4-2, before topping the Bobcats, 8-3, in the nightcap.
Head Coach Megan Bryant's Reaction
"We had to grind out these two wins today. Our offensive execution was better in game two, but on the day, we left too many runners on base. Allie (Cukrov) really threw well and had great command."
Game One Recap
Stony Brook did all of its damage early, scoring in the first, second and third innings. Junior Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) drove in senior Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) with the first run and sophomore Kat Zabielski's (Farmingdale, N.Y.) RBI groundout made it 2-0.
The Seawolves loaded the bases with one out in the second. Senior Olivia Mintun (Neoga, Ill.) recorded an RBI after getting hit by a pitch. Quinnipiac limited the damage by inducing a double play to end the inning.
Junior Bria Green (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) manufactured Stony Brook's fourth run of the game. She singled, stole second and advanced to third on an error by the catcher. One batter later, sophomore Alexandra Pisciotta's (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) bunt was fielded by the first baseman, but her throw to home was late as Green gave the Seawolves a 4-1 lead.
Quinnipiac added a run in the bottom of the fourth.
Sophomore Jane Sallen
(Lake Worth, Fla.) evened her record to 7-7 with four innings of work. Junior Allison Cukrov
picked up her second save of the season with three shutout innings.
Game Two Recap
Stony Brook jumped on Quinnipiac starter Katie Alfiere with two runs in the first. Combs walked and eventually advanced to third on Mintun's bunt single. Giosia followed with a sacrifice fly to center to drive in Combs. After Mintun went to third on Green's ground out to short, sophomore Melissa Phelan (Saddle Brook, N.J.) connected with an RBI single up the middle.
Junior Jessica Zeilman (Newfield, N.J.) led off the second with a single and advanced to second on an error by the catcher. One batter later, Zeilman scored on a fielder's choice from sophomore Diane Caruso (Middletown, N.Y.).
Pisciotta drove in Giosia with the fourth run of the game.
Stony Brook plated four more in the fourth to take its biggest lead of the game, 8-1. Quinnipiac scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Cukrov earned her 15th win of the season. The victory was the 55th of her career, which is third all-time in school history.
By The Numbers
• Stony Brook and Quinnipiac combined to leave 22 runners on base in game one
• Cukrov struck out seven of the 12 batters she face in game one
• Giosia, Green and senior Nicole Schieferstein (Seaford, N.Y.) each had two hits in game one
• Stony Brook scored two runs in the first and one each in the second and third in both games
• Quinnipiac recorded four hits in game two
• Stony Brook outhit Quinnipiac in both games
• In game two, Cukrov retired the side in order in the second, third and fifth
• Cukrov struck out seven in game two and allowed only one walk
News & Notes
• Giosia has recorded a multi-hit game in four of the last six games and has hit safely in 13 of the last 14
• The Seawolves committed an error for just the fourth time in the last nine games
• The victory in game one marked the 13th straight game in which Stony Brook allowed two earned runs or less
• Stony Brook is 10-0 when it doesn't commit an error
• Senior Christine Lucido (Melville, N.Y.) made her first appearance since the second game of the season in the nightcap
Stony Brook will open a seven-game homestand with a three-game series against Maine this weekend. Game one of Saturday's doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m.