#Seawolves sweep Binghamton, capture America East regular season title

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May 2, 2014

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Vestal, N.Y. - The Stony Brook softball team continued its outstanding America East Conference play with a sweep of a doubleheader from Binghamton Friday at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Seawolves win in game one clinched Stony Brook's second America East regular season title and its first since 2009.

Head Coach Megan Bryant's Reaction
"I thought Allie's effort was just outstanding in game one. Our bats came alive when they needed to, but our defense was disappointing.  We take great pride in that part of our game and look to get back on track defensively tomorrow."

Game One Recap
Junior Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) and Binghamton starter Demi Laney tossed gems through seven innings. The Seawolves finally got to Laney in the eighth. Sophomore Kellie Reynolds (Paso Robles, Calif.) walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice. After a passed ball, senior Olivia Mintun (Paso Robles, Calif.) blooped a single just out of the reach of the shortstop and in front of the left fielder to score Reynolds.

Cukrov (21-7) retired the side in order in the eighth to pick up the victory.

The reigning America East Pitcher of the Week allowed only three Binghamton base runners. Gaby Bracchi, who walked in the fourth, recorded the Bearcats only hit. Taylor Chaffee was hit by a pitch in the seventh.

Game Two Recap
After Stony Brook (32-15, 15-1) rallied to score three in the third to take a 5-3 lead, the Seawolves appeared to break open the game in the fifth. An eight-run outburst gave Stony Brook a 13-3 lead. Sophomore Melissa Phelan (Saddle Brook, N.J.) provided one of the two big blows in the inning, belting a bases-clearing double to right center for a 10-3 lead. After back-to-back singles, senior Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) dealt the second blow of the inning with a three-run homer down the left-field line that made it 13-3.


 

 

Binghamton (20-23, 9-7), facing the game-ending eight-run rule, scoring seven times in the fifth, all with two out. Jessica Bump's grand slam cut the lead to three, 13-10 and forced sophomore Jane Sallen (Lake Worth, Fla.) from the game.

Cukrov came in and retired the next seven batters to hold Binghamton at bay.

Senior Nicole Schieferstein (Seaford, N.Y.) two-run double gave Stony Brook some breathing room in the sixth.

By The Numbers
• Cukrov won her 17th straight decision and has not lost since March 8
• Cukrov has allowed four earned runs in the last 69 2/3 innings
• Stony Brook and Binghamton combined for 26 runs and 22 hits in game two after a run and five hits in game one
• Mintun, Giosia, Schieferstein and sophomore Alexandra Pisciotta (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) had two hits in game two.
• Junior Bria Green (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) hit her 13th HR of the season in game two.
• Giosia and Green scored three times apiece
• Stony Brook committed six errors in game two
• Despite a rough effort, Sallen picked up her 11th win of the season in game two
• Binghamton turned two double plays in game two
• Eight of the nine Stony Brook starters had run and a hit in game two

News & Notes
• The last player to hit 13 HRs in a season was Marissa Fleury in 2009
• Stony Brook pitchers have allowed two earned runs or fewer in 22 of the last 25 games
• Stony Brook has won 14 straight conference games
• Game two's victory was the 400th for Bryant at Stony Brook in 14 seasons.

Up Next
Stony Brook wraps up the series against Binghamton tomorrow at 12 p.m.