Softball tips Bryant to notch doubleheader sweep
April 19, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook softball team won a pair of one-run games on Thursday to sweep Bryant in a doubleheader at University Field. The Seawolves won the first game, 3-2, and prevailed in the second game, 6-5, to improve to 29-11 on the season. Senior Alyssa Hawley (Spokane, Wash.) led the team with five hits and two stolen bases on the day.
The Seawolves struck early in the opener, recording four hits and two runs in the first inning off Bryant starter Britt Hart. With runners at second and third and one out, senior Lauren Maloney (Las Vegas, Nev.) belted a double to left-center to give Stony Brook a 2-0 lead. The Seawolves proceeded to load the bases on a hit-by-pitch and a subsequent single by sophomore Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.), but could do no further damage as Hart worked out of the jam with a strikeout and flyout.
The hosts continued to press in the bottom of the third and tacked on another run on a throwing error by Bryant catcher Kendall Corder, allowing Combs to score from third.
The Bulldogs (13-21) made it a ballgame in the top of the fifth when Lindsay Martin hit a two-run homer to cut the score to 3-2. But Bryant could get no closer as Stony Brook pitcher Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) retired the final eight batters she faced in order. Cukrov finished with seven strikeouts to earn her 18th victory of the season.
Hawley went 4-for-4 in the opener as the Seawolves outhit the Bulldogs, 10-4.
In the second game, Stony Brook again got on the scoreboard first with three runs in the first. Maloney knocked in the first run with a single down the left-field line, before a pair of infield singles by senior Bernadette Tenuto (Audubon, N.J.) and Combs bumped the advantage to 3-0.
With the score 4-2 in the bottom of the third, Stony Brook went back on the offensive as freshman Sarah Androvich (Carteret, N.J.) made the most of her first collegiate hit, knocking in two runs with a single to right-center.
Bryant would not go quietly, however, as the visitors tacked on two in the fourth and one in the sixth to bring the scoreline to 6-5, forcing starter Christine Lucido (six innings, three strikeouts) from the game in favor of Cukrov in the seventh. The freshman promptly finished off the game for her fourth save, helping Lucido earn her fifth win and locking up the sweep for the Seawolves.
Stony Brook will return to conference play this weekend when Maine visits University Field for a three-game series starting Saturday at 1 p.m.