A look back at the 2012 Stony Brook softball season
June 22, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - For the Stony Brook softball team, the year 2012 proved to be one of the most successful campaigns in program history. The Seawolves tied a program record with 36 wins, set numerous individual and team records and had several players recognized for standout performances.
Head coach Megan Bryant, named the America East Co-Coach of the Year, guided the squad to 14 America East victories and an .806 conference winning percentage, the highest in program history. The Seawolves owned a winning record against every conference opponent during the regular season and advanced to the America East playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years.
Freshman pitcher Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) was a revelation in her first season with the Seawolves, posting a 25-10 record with a 1.94 ERA and 227 strikeouts. Cukrov's 25 wins set a new single-season program record, and her 13 shutouts and 30 complete games also topped the single-year record books. The Seawolves' ace was named the America East Pitcher of the Year and garnered first-team All-America East and second-team All-Mid Atlantic Region accolades.
Cukrov fired two no-hitters in 2012, including a perfect game at Manhattan on April 5. Other notable performances included a 12-strikeout, eight-inning shutout of Utah on March 10 as the Seawolves beat a Pac-10/12 team for the first time ever, and a 13-strikeout effort at Binghamton on April 29.
Several other players enjoyed breakout years in the field and at the plate. Senior Suzanne Karath (Fishkill, N.Y.) hit .346 and stole 18 bases en route to a first-team All-America East nomination. Karath broke the single-season record with 59 singles in 2012 and was the team's table-setter all year long in the leadoff spot.
Senior Lauren Maloney (Las Vegas, Nev.) garnered a second-team All-America East nod after belting six homers and knocking in 31. Maloney was also rewarded for her work in the classroom as she was named to the America East All-Academic team along with fellow senior Bernadette Tenuto (Audubon, N.J.), who led the squad with a .368 batting average and played an outstanding third base.
Freshman Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) and sophomore Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) were also placed on the All-Conference second team. Giosia, who was also named to the America East All-Rookie team, led the Seawolves in home runs (8), RBI (44), runs (36), doubles (13), total bases (95) and slugging percentage (.552). Combs added three homers, 29 RBI and 35 runs scored as a crucial piece of the middle infield.
As a team, the Seawolves posted a .309 average at the plate and a 2.48 ERA in the circle. Stony Brook racked up 15 shutouts in 2012, which tied a program record, and set new single-season program bests with 440 hits and 76 stolen bases. Stony Brook was also exceptional in the field, registering a .976 fielding percentage, which was the eighth-best mark in the nation by season's end.
Four seniors-- Karath, Maloney, Tenuto and Alyssa Hawley (Spokane, Wash.)-- played their final season at Stony Brook in 2012 and each hit over .300. Karath finished her career fourth all-time with 44 stolen bases and sixth all-time with 129 singles. Tenuto wrapped up her career with 74 RBI, good for 10th all-time in the softball record books.