Softball slugs by Albany in AE Tourney opener
May 11, 2012
Boston, Mass. - The Stony Brook softball team hit four home runs, including two off the bat of sophomore Nicole Hagerty (Sicklerville, N.J.), to knock off Albany, 6-4, in Friday's America East Tournament opener. The Seawolves will now face top-seeded Boston University on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Hagerty went 3-for-3 with three RBI and hit the go-ahead, two-run blast in the bottom of the sixth to break a 4-4 tie and propel the Seawolves (36-15-1) to the win.
Freshman Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) picked up her 25th victory, setting a new single-season program record, despite walking 11 batters in the process. Cukrov allowed only three hits, all singles, and struck out five in her first collegiate postseason contest.
Albany (34-13) broke through in the top of the first when Cukrov walked in a pair of runs to make it 2-0 for the third-seeded Great Danes. Cukrov buckled down after that, however, and worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam to limit the damage.
The Seawolves responded in the bottom of the second when senior Lauren Maloney (Las Vegas, Nev.), a second-team All-Conference selection, launched a solo homer to left to make it 2-1.
A bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Alexa Toole in the top of the third extended Albany's lead back to two runs at 3-1, but again Cukrov pitched out of danger, inducing a ground-out to bring the frame to a close.
Stony Brook turned back to the long-ball in the fourth to chisel away at the deficit. First it was Hagerty, who crushed a pitch just inside the left-field foul pole to make it 3-2, before sophomore Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) followed with another solo shot to tie the score at three. Maloney then reached on an error and eventually came around to score on another error as the Seawolves grabbed their first lead of the game at 4-3.
Lauren Alcorn's RBI single in the fifth erased the lead and tied things up at four, before Hagerty did her final damage of the day in the sixth with a monster home run to left-center to round out the scoring.
Stony Brook out-hit the Great Danes, 9-3, and tagged Albany starter Brittany MacFawn (19-5) with five earned runs.
With the victory, Stony Brook advances to the winner's bracket where it will face No. 1 Boston University on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Terriers defeated No. 4 Maine, 3-2, in the first game of the day. Albany will take on the Black Bears tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.; the loser of that matchup will be eliminated from the competition.