Giosia slam carries softball to 7-2 win at Binghamton
April 29, 2012
Vestal, N.Y. - Freshman Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) hit her first-career grand slam to cap a six-run sixth inning as the Stony Brook softball team knocked off Binghamton, 7-2, on Sunday to win the weekend series. Freshman Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) struck out a career-high 13 to earn her 22nd win as Stony Brook remained in first place in the America East at 12-2-1.
After pitching both games on Saturday, Cukrov was summoned once again on Sunday and answered the call with a dominant performance. The Irvine, Calif. native took a no-hitter into the fifth and struck out 10 of the first 14 batters she faced.
The Seawolves' offense also found its rhythm Sunday after struggling to get going during Saturday's twin-bill. Stony Brook (33-13-1) scored its first run in the second when sophomore Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) doubled in senior Bernadette Tenuto (Audubon, N.J.).
The score remained 1-0 into the sixth when Stony Brook blew the game open. Sophomore Nicole Hagerty (Sicklerville, N.J.) started the rally with a one-out double and moved to third after an infield single by senior Lauren Maloney (Las Vegas, Nev.). The Seawolves then attempted a squeeze play at the plate as Tenuto laid down a bunt in an attempt to score Hagerty. The play worked as Binghamton's catcher mishandled the ball, allowing the run to score and the runners to move up to second and third.
After a walk to Combs loaded the bases, redshirt freshman Nicole Hoyle (Warwick, Md.) hit a sacrifice fly to right to bring in Maloney to make it 3-0. Another walk to sophomore Nicole Schieferstein (Seaford, N.Y.) re-loaded the bases for Giosia, who made the Bearcats pay with a blast over the left-field fence to extend the advantage to 7-0.
The home run was Giosia's team-leading seventh of the season and pushed her RBI total to 42.
Binghamton (16-27, 7-11 America East) finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh, but it was not enough as Cukrov recorded her 13th strikeout to get out of a bases loaded jam and end the game.
With one weekend of conference play remaining, Stony Brook remains in first at 12-2-1 (.833), while Albany is second (12-3, .800) and Boston University is third (11-3, .786). All three teams remain in contention for the top spot as the Seawolves host Albany next weekend and BU travels to UMBC, who is currently in seventh place at 1-14. Stony Brook, Albany and BU have all clinched playoff spots, while the fourth spot is still up for grabs between fourth-place Maine and fifth-place Binghamton. Hartford and UMBC have been eliminated from contention.
Stony Brook will take on its final non-conference opponent of the regular season on Tuesday when it travels to Quinnipiac for a doubleheader at 2:30 p.m.