Softball comes up short against Albany on senior day
May 6, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook softball team out-hit Albany by a 12-7 margin on Sunday but fell to the Great Danes by a score of 7-4 on senior day at University Field. Despite the defeat, the Seawolves clinched the No. 2 seed in the upcoming America East Championship and will face No. 3 Albany on Thursday afternoon in Boston, Mass.
Eight different players recorded hits for Stony Brook (35-15-1, 14-3-1 America East), including senior Bernadette Tenuto (Audubon, N.J.) who hit her second home run of the weekend and third of the season in the fourth inning. Freshman Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.), senior Suzanne Karath (Fishkill, N.Y.), sophomore Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) and freshman Lauren Kamachi (Surrey, British Columbia) each had two-hit efforts as well.
After scoring three runs in two games on Saturday, Albany (34-12, 13-5 America East) jumped on Stony Brook starter Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) for four runs in the third, capped by a two-run homer off the bat of Charlise Castro.
The Great Danes then added two more in the fourth to push the lead to 6-0 when Alexa Toole hit another two-run homer that just stayed fair inside the left-field foul pole.
Tenuto's solo-shot in the bottom of the frame cut the deficit to 6-1 and effectively woke up the Seawolves' bats. Following the home run, Stony Brook recorded three straight singles, including a pinch-hit knock by redshirt-freshman Nicole Hoyle (Warwick, Md.), to load the bases with two outs. Karath then stepped into the box and lined a pitch hard to short, but Toole made a nice play to catch the drive and end the threat.
The Seawolves again threatened in the fifth as Combs ripped a single through the left side to score Giosia to make it 6-2. Stony Brook then put runners at first and third, but reliever Brittany Schwieger worked out of trouble to limit the damage once again.
Albany hit a third home run in the seventh to push the advantage to 7-2, before Stony Brook mounted one final comeback charge. Senior Lauren Maloney (Las Vegas, Nev.) punched a single down the left-field line to score Giosia to make it 7-3. After a walk to Tenuto loaded the bases, Combs delivered a sac-fly to tack on a fourth run, but Schwieger retired Kamachi and sophomore Nicole Schieferstein (Seaford, N.Y.) to stifle the rally and end the game.
The 2012 America East Tournament is scheduled for May 10-12 (Thursday-Saturday) and will be hosted by No. 1 seed Boston University. The Terriers clinched the regular season title with two wins on Sunday against UMBC and finished a half-game better (15-3) in the standings than Stony Brook (14-3-1). Boston University will take on No. 4 Maine in the first round of the double-elimination competition.
Stony Brook won two games against all three of the other tournament teams and owns a 6-2-1 overall mark against BU, Albany and Maine this season.