Maloney, Giosia take home conference weekly honors

Freshman Shayla Giosia

March 26, 2012

Cambridge, Mass. - A pair of Stony Brook softball players were honored by the America East on Monday as senior Lauren Maloney (Las Vegas, Nev.) was named the conference Player of the Week, while freshman Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) was named Rookie of the Week. Both players hit three home runs last week to help Stony Brook to a 5-0 record against Fairfield and Hartford.

Maloney hit .625 (10-for-16) last week and scored a team-high eight runs, while slugging 1.375. On Wednesday at Fairfield, Maloney fell a single shy of the cycle in game one, finishing 3-for-4 with three runs and a solo home run in a 6-5 Stony Brook win. Maloney added two more hits and a stolen base in the second game as the Seawolves completed the doubleheader sweep with a 2-0 victory. The senior then capped off her stellar week with five more hits against Hartford, including two more home runs, as the Seawolves swept the Hawks and improved to 3-0 in America East play.

Giosia, who was also named Rookie of the Week on Mar. 12, hit .333 with three homers and a team-high eight RBI last week. The Runnemede, N.J. native hit a two-run blast on Wednesday against Fairfield in the top of the sixth to give Stony Brook all the offense it needed in the second game of the doubleheader. Giosia then exploded for two home runs and four RBI against the Hawks on Sunday as Stony Brook pounded Hartford, 10-0.

Through 23 games, Giosia and Maloney are the Seawolves' top two run-producers, with 20 and 14 RBI, respectively. Giosia leads the team in batting average (.366), home runs (5), RBI, runs (19), hits (26) and slugging percentage (.620). Maloney already has three home runs this year after hitting two all of last season.

The Seawolves (17-6) will look to extend their seven-game winning streak on Wednesday wtih a doubleheader at Iona at 2:30 p.m.