Softball travels to Albany in showdown for first place
April 12, 2013
Albany, N.Y. - The Stony Brook softball team will travel to Albany this weekend for a pivotal three-game series against the Great Danes starting Saturday at 1 p.m. Albany currently sits in first place in the standings with a 6-0 conference record, while the Seawolves are third at 4-2.
The Seawolves have won nine straight games and currently own a 21-15 overall record. Stony Brook is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Sacred Heart on Wednesday, after pounding the Pioneers, 11-0, in the first game and rallying for a 3-2 win in the second game. Sophomore Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) won both games and now owns an 8-8 record in the circle. Cukrov has not allowed a run in her last five appearances (16.2 innings) and has fanned 24 batters in that span.
Several Stony Brook freshmen have also risen to the occasion as of late. Alexandra Pisciotta (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) has hit safely in 10 of her last 12 games and is batting .529 (9-for-17) with five RBI in her last eight contests. Patty Borges (Berkley, Mass.) currently owns a four-game hitting streak after recording one hit in her first 11 games. Over the last three games, Kellie Reynolds (Paso Robles, Calif.) is hitting .625 (5-for-8) with three runs.
At 19-9 overall and 6-0 in conference, the Great Danes enter as the top team in the America East. Albany swept Hartford and Maine earlier this season, but recently lost both games of a doubleheader to Bryant earlier in the week. Albany is led by pitcher Brittany MacFawn, who owns an 11-6 record and a 2.99 ERA, while striking out 141 batters in 126.1 innings. Offensively, the Great Danes have five players hitting better than .300, led by Vicky McFarland (.326, 5 HR, 18 RBI) and Charlise Castro (.324, 5 HR, 20 RBI).
Stony Brook head coach Megan Bryant needs just one win to reach 700 for her career. Bryant currently ranks 35th in NCAA Division I history with 699 wins .