Softball completes sweep of BU with 8-0 win on senior day

Freshman Alexandra Pisciotta had a three-run double on Sunday
 
Freshman Alexandra Pisciotta had a three-run double on Sunday
 
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May 5, 2013

Box Score

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook softball team completed a three-game sweep of Boston University with an 8-0 win on senior day at University Field on Sunday. Winners of six straight games, the Seawolves will enter the America East Tournament as the No. 4 seed and will face No. 1 Albany on Thursday in Vestal, N.Y. at 1 p.m.

Albany took two of three games from Binghamton this weekend to claim the regular season title. The Bearcats will be the No. 2 seed and will face No. 3 Hartford on Thursday. Binghamton will host the tournament due to Albany's decision to defer the right to host.

Coach's Reaction

"I was really proud of the team's effort today, and all weekend for that matter. We brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm and we played well in all facets of the game."

--Head Coach Megan Bryant

Recap

After winning two tightly-contested games on Saturday, Stony Brook (31-22, 10-8 America East) ran away with the regular season finale with a dominant all-around performance. 

The Seawolves scored seven runs in the third inning and tacked on an eighth in the fourth to bring the game to an early conclusion. Sophomore Bria Green (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) crushed a two-run homer to dead center to open the scoring and freshman Alexandra Pisciotta (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) capped the inning with a three-run double.

Stony Brook was equally brilliant on the defensive side of the ball as junior Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) and sophomore Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) both made highlight-reel catches in the first inning.


 

 

When the Terriers (21-26-1, 8-9 America East) threatened to score in the fourth with runners at first and second and no outs, the Seawolves defense again came to the rescue. Pisciotta alertly picked off the runner at second with a terrific snap throw, before Combs turned an inning-ending double play by catching a line drive and doubling the runner off first.

Not to be outdone, sophomore Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) again shut down the BU offense with five scoreless innings and four strikeouts.

The Numbers Game

• Stony Brook outhit BU by a 9-2 margin.
• Combs, Olivia Mintun and Kellie Reynolds each had two hits for the Seawolves.
• Combs led off the game with a triple, her first of the season and the second for SBU this year. 

News and Notes

• The Seawolves won all six games this week, outscoring Seton Hall, Iona and BU by a 32-11 margin.
• Stony Brook earned a three-game sweep of BU for the first time in program history. 
• The Seawolves finished with a 19-5 record at home.
• Stony Brook finished with at least 10 conference wins for the 11th time in the last 12 years.
• In her last four appearances (20 innings), Cukrov is 3-0 with a 0.35 ERA and 21 strikeouts.
• Green has hit safely in eight straight games; during that span Green is hitting .522 (12-for-23) and is slugging a robust .913 with one home run, six doubles and six RBI.
• Reynolds recorded her fifth multi-hit game in the last 14 contests on Sunday.
• Pisciotta has hit safely in 20 of her last 29 games.
• Prior to Sunday's game, Stony Brook honored its lone senior, Gina Bianculli, on senior day. 

Up Next

The red-hot Seawolves will travel to Vestal, N.Y. to take on the tournament's top seed, Albany, on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.