Softball rallies twice to sweep Boston University Saturday
May 4, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook softball team came from behind in both games of Saturday's doubleheader to sweep Boston University by scores of 2-1 and 5-4 at University Field.
"This was a really good day for our team, not only because we got two wins, but also how we played, with a really good approach. We hit a lot of balls hard and got good production from different parts of the lineup."
--Head Coach Megan Bryant
In Saturday's opener, Stony Brook (30-22, 9-8 America East) received an outstanding performance from sophomore hurler Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.), who struck out a season-high 10 batters in a complete-game effort.
Despite Cukrov's brilliance, it was the Terriers (21-25-1, 8-8 America East) who struck first as Emily Felbaum doubled in a run in the fifth to put the visitors on the board.
For the first five innings, Stony Brook was held to just one hit by BU starter Lauren Hynes. Things started to unravel for Hynes in the sixth, however, as two hit-by-pitches and a single by sophomore Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) loaded the bases for sophomore Bria Green (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.). Green promptly delivered with a rocket single up the middle to score two runs and turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead.
Cukrov then finished off the Terriers in the seventh by striking out the side to nail down the win.
In a back-and-forth affair, Stony Brook again used sixth-inning heroics to rally for the doubleheader sweep. This time it was freshman Melissa Phelan (Saddle Brook, N.J.) who came up big with her first collegiate home run, a two-run, pinch-hit blast to give the Seawolves a 5-4 advantage.
Stony Brook started the game well, jumping out to a 3-0 lead with two runs in the first and one in the second. Boston University quickly erased the deficit with three runs in the third, capped by a two-run homer by catcher Amy Ekart. The Terriers then used the long-ball to go ahead in the fourth as Haley King swatted an opposite-field solo shot to right to give BU a 4-3 lead.
The advantage held into the sixth when freshman Kellie Reynolds (Paso Robles, Calif.) started the inning with a basehit to center. Phelan then entered the game as a pinch hitter and launched a towering shot over the left-centerfield fence to put Stony Brook ahead for good.
Cukrov was then called upon once again to close the game, which the sophomore accomplished with a 1-2-3 inning.
The Numbers Game
• Boston University outhit Stony Brook, 5-3, in the opener and 11-10 in the second game.
News & Notes
• The Seawolves have won five straight.
The teams will wrap up the series, and regular season, on Sunday at noon. Prior to the game, Stony Brook will honor its lone senior, Gina Bianculli, on senior day.