Softball outlasts Maine in 15 innings to earn Sunday sweep

Sophomore Bria Green delivered the game-winning hit in the 15th inning
 
Sophomore Bria Green delivered the game-winning hit in the 15th inning
 
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April 21, 2013

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Orono, Maine - In the longest game in its Division I history, the Stony Brook softball team edged Maine, 3-2, in 15 innings to complete a Sunday sweep of the Black Bears in Orono. The Seawolves won the first game of the day by a score of 4-2. 

Freshman Jane Sallen (Lake Worth, Fla.) was outstanding in relief in game two, tossing 11.2 innings without allowing an earned run. Sallen allowed only three hits and struck out seven to pick up the win.

Coach's Reaction

"It was important for us to bounce back today after dropping the game on Saturday, and I thought we really came out with a couple determined efforts. Allie Cukrov pitched well for us in game one and we got some timely hitting to pull it out. Game two was a battle, we had a lot of opportunities throughout the game, but I was proud of the team for hanging tough. Jane Sallen was outstanding and Bria Green came up big with a few timely hits."

--Head Coach Megan Bryant

Game One

In the first game Sunday, Stony Brook (24-19, 7-5 America East) received a standout performance from sophomore Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) to nail down a 4-2 win. Cukrov turned in a complete-game effort, allowing just four hits, while striking out seven to improve to 9-11 on the year.

The Seawolves offense also came alive, registering four runs on eight hits, including two apiece from junior Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) and freshman Alexandra Pisciotta (New Hyde Park, N.J.). 


 

 

Stony Brook took the lead in the first on an RBI single by junior Nicole Hagerty (Sicklerville, N.J.). The Seawolves then tacked on three more in the fifth on an RBI double by Pisciotta and a two-RBI double by sophomore Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.). 

Maine (7-34, 3-9 America East) pulled a pair of runs back in the sixth courtesy of a Jean Stevens home run, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit.

Game Two

In a marathon affair that lasted nearly four hours and eclipsed more than two full games, Stony Brook was able to pull out a 3-2 victory courtesy of timely hitting and the untouchable Sallen. Sophomore Bria Green (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) drove in the game-winning run in the 15th with a double that scored Giosia. Both Green and Giosia had four hits in the game and were a combined 8-for-13 (.615) in the contest.

Cukrov started the game and pitched into the fourth, before being replaced by Sallen. The freshman gave up an unearned run courtesy of two Stony Brook errors in the fifth, but did not allow her first hit until the 10th inning. 

Maine took the first lead of the game when Hilary Kane singled in a run in the bottom of the first. Stony Brook battled back to tie it at 1-1 in the fourth when Hagerty scored on an infield hit by Green. 

After the Black Bears went back ahead in the fifth, Stony Brook again rallied to tie, this time on another RBI single by Green in the sixth. Neither team was able to score in the next eight innings, before Green finally broke the deadlock in the 15th.

Maine's Alexis Bogdanovich was the hard-luck loser, allowing only one earned run in 9.2 innings of work.

The Numbers Game

• Stony Brook outhit Maine 8-4 in game one and 14-8 in game two.
• Giosia was 5-for-11 with two RBI and two runs in two games Sunday.
• Stony Brook's pitching posted a 1.25 ERA this weekend and held Maine to a .168 batting average.
• Stony Brook held Maine to just two runs in each game this weekend.  
• Only 13 combined runs were scored this weekend in 29 innings. 
• In three appearances this week (16.2 IP), Sallen posted an 0.84 ERA with eight strikeouts. 

News and Notes

• Stony Brook has played seven extra-inning contests this year and is 4-3 in those games.
• Five of the last six games between Maine and Stony Brook have been decided by two runs or less. 

Up Next

Stony Brook will host Binghamton for a three-game series next weekend.