Junior Allison Cukrov will enter 2015 needing 14 wins to break Alyssa Struzenberg's career wins record (76)
May 11, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. -
The Stony Brook softball team was one out from winning back-to-back America East Championships and making its second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, but Albany's Elizabeth Snow hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th to lift the Great Danes to a 3-2 win in game one.
In a winner-take-all nightcap, Albany beat Stony Brook, 8-1, in game two, securing an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Head Coach Megan Bryant's Reaction
"We were beaten by a good Albany team. [Brittany] MacFawn was really good for them in the circle today. To be inches away from going back to the tournament is deflating. But we had a great year. As hard as it is right now, we will learn from this."
Game One Recap
Stony Brook (34-18) and Albany (33-11) played to a scoreless tie through nine innings before the Seawolves struck for two in the 10th. Senior Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) led off the top of the 10th with a homer to left center. Senior Olivia Mintun (Neoga, Ill.) followed with a single to left. With one out and Mintun on third, junior Jessica Zeilman (Newfield, N.J.) gave the Seawolves an insurance run with a sacrifice fly to left to score Mintun.
With two on and two out in the bottom of the inning, Snow hit a 2-0 fastball just over the left field fence for the game-winning three-run homer.
Game Two Recap
Albany scored two runs in the first. Stony Brook had runners on second and third and one out in the bottom of the inning, but MacFawn struck out the next two batters to get out of the jam.
MacFawn retired 11 of the next 12 batters over the next four innings.
Stony Brook had a runners on first and second in the fifth, but an inning-ending double play kept the Seawolves off the scoreboard.
The Great Danes took an 8-0 lead after six-and-a-half innings. Junior Bria Green (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) line-drive homer finally got the Seawolves on the board. After a hit by pitch, Albany retired the side for the victory.
By The Numbers
• Stony Brook entered Sunday's games outscoring its opponents, 25-1, in the America East Championship. It was outscored 11-3 in the two games Sunday
• Green's HR was her 16th of the season
• Stony Brook and Albany combined to leave 19 runners on base in game one
• Combs' HR in game one was her seventh of the season
• Junior Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) battled her way through 319 pitches in 16 2/3 innings and went the distance in both games.
News & Notes
• Stony Brook had not lost back-to-back games since losing to Santa Clara, 9-1, and Cal Poly, 3-1, on March 8, a span of 38 games
• Cukrov (23-9) had won 19 straight starts before suffering the loss in game one