Cukrov named America East Pitcher of Year

Senior Olivia Mintun made first team All-America East
 
Senior Olivia Mintun made first team All-America East
 
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May 7, 2014

Stony Brook, N.Y. - For the second time in three seasons, junior Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) was named America East Pitcher of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday night. Cukrov is the first player in conference history since Boston University's Robyn King (2001 & 2002) to win the award twice.

Head Coach Megan Bryant was named Coach of the Year for the third time in her 14 years at Stony Brook.

Cukrov, who is 21-7 with a 1.96 ERA, is in the midst of one of the best seasons in school history. She's won her last 17 starts, and with a win in relief, she's 18-0 with a 1.16 ERA in her last 132 2/3 innings.

She's second all-time in Stony Brook history with 61 wins and is tied with Alyssa Struzenberg '10 for career shutouts (26).

In the last 71 2/3 innings, Cukrov has allowed five earned runs. Cukrov, who also was named to the all-academic team, has five one-hitters this season.

Bryant has guided Stony Brook to 30 wins in sixth of the last seven seasons. The Seawolves posted their best America East record (15-2) since joining the conference and tied a school record for conference victories.

Stony Brook captured the America East regular season title for the second time in school history (2009).

Joining Cukrov on the first team is senior Olivia Mintun (Neoga, Ill.). Mintun leads the team with a .310 average among all regulars and 44 hits. She's started all 48 games, mostly at third base, and is third on the Seawolves with a .404 on-base percentage.

A three-time All-America East selection, senior Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) hit .287 in 48 games and led Stony Brook with 39 hits and 36 runs scored. Combs will finish her career in the top 10 in almost every offensive category in school history.

 

 

Junior Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.), a second-team selection for a third straight year, batted .284 with three HRs and 32 RBIs. Giosia was second on the team in extra-base hits (17) and ranks among the national leaders in toughest to strikeout, getting K'd only three times in 48 games.

Combs and Giosia are the first three-time all-conference selections since Struzenberg accomplished the feat from 2008-10.

Stony Brook's leader in HRs, junior Bria Green (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) is a second team All-America East selection for a second straight year. Green belted 13 homers and a team-best 39 RBIs. She hit .297 and is tied with Giosia with 11 stolen bases.

Cukrov, who made the all-academic team for a second straight year, is a sustainability studies major with a 3.67 GPA.

Stony Brook will face No. 4 UMBC to open the America East Championship Thursday at 1 p.m.