Twelve-run fourth lifts #Seawolves past UMBC, 16-1

Sophomore Alexandra Pisciotta hit two HRs in the fourth inning against UMBC Thursday
 
Sophomore Alexandra Pisciotta hit two HRs in the fourth inning against UMBC Thursday
 
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May 8, 2014

Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. -

Sophomore Alexandra Pisciotta (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) hit two home runs in a 12-run fourth inning as the Stony Brook softball team routed UMBC, 16-1, in five innings Thursday in game one of the 2014 America East Championship.

Senior Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) and junior Bria Green (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) also homered as the Seawolves scored their most runs since tallying 19 against the Retrievers on April 14, 2012.

Head Coach Megan Bryant's Reaction
"I was really impressed with how well we swung the bats. Our team made the most of the opportunity presented to them. The key going forward to generate runs any way we can."

Recap
Green's three-run homer in the first gave Stony Brook (33-16) a 4-0 lead. Danielle O'Neil's home run cut the lead to 4-1 in the third before the Seawolves bats got going again.

Pisciotta led the fourth off with her first homer of the game. Top-seeded Stony Brook loaded the bases with one out. Senior Olivia Mintun (Neoga, Ill.) and junior Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) had run-scoring singles to make it 7-1. A ground ball to the left side off the bat of junior Jessica Zeilman (Newfield, N.J.) went through the third baseman's legs, allowing Mintun and Combs to score.

Green lined a double down the left-field line to drive in Giosia with the 10th run. Pisciotta drove a 1-1 fastball well over the left-field fence for a three-run homer, her second of the inning, for a 13-1 lead. Sophomore Melissa Phelan (Saddle Brook, N.J.) singled for the second time in the inning. Sophomore Patty Borges (Berkley, Mass.), pinch running for Phelan, advanced to third on senior Nicole Schieferstein's (Seaford, N.Y.) infield single and a throwing error by the pitcher. Sophomore Kellie Reynolds (Paso Robles, Calif.) followed with an RBI single through the right side to make it 14-1. After Reynolds was thrown out trying to steal second, Combs dealt the final blow of the inning with a towering home run up the hill in center field.


 

 

UMBC (31-21) loaded the bases with two outs, but the Retrievers were retired on a putout at third by Mintun.

Junior Allison Cukrov (22-7) won her 18th straight start. She allowed three hits, walked four and struck out five.

By The Numbers
• Stony Brook had 11 hits in the fourth inning
• Every Seawolf starter scored a run
• Pisciotta and Green combined for four hits, four runs scored and eight RBIs
• Combs had three runs scored
• Seven of the nine Stony Brook starters had two hits

News & Notes
• In the 19-3 win over UMBC in 2012, Stony Brook scored 11 runs in the first inning.
• The Seawolves have scored 16 runs in two of the last three games
• Cukrov has allowed six earned runs in the last 78 2/3 innings
• Stony Brook pitchers have allowed two earned runs or fewer in 23 of the last 27 games

Up Next
Stony Brook will face No. 2 Albany, an 8-7 win over No. 3 Binghamton, Friday at 11 a.m.