Softball rallies for first win Saturday in Jacksonville
Feb. 16, 2013
Jacksonville, Fla. - The Stony Brook softball team (1-3) rallied to win its first game of the season, 2-1, against Bethune-Cookman on Saturday, but fell in its second game of the day to Jacksonville, 9-1.
Christine Lucido (Melville, N.Y.) was handed the ball in the opener and the junior responded with an efficient performance, tossing six innings of one-run ball while allowing just four hits and one run. Bethune-Cookman (1-7) did its only damage in the bottom of the second when Shamaria Engram doubled down the left field line to bring in the game's first run.
The lead held until the seventh inning when Stony Brook, down to its final two outs, mounted a comeback. With a runner on first base, sophomore Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) and senior Gina Bianculli (Oakdale, N.Y.) produced back-to-back singles to load the bags for junior Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.), who stepped to the plate and lifted the ball into right for a sacrifice fly to knot the score at 1-1. It was then up to Nicole Hagerty (Sicklerville, N.J.) to keep the momentum going, and the junior responded with a clutch double to left to bring in Giosia and give the Seawolves a 2-1 lead.
With Stony Brook in front, sophomore Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) entered the game in the bottom of the seventh and slammed the door shut for her fifth career save.
The second game of the day pitted the Seawolves against Jacksonville (6-2), and for the second time in as many days, the Dolphins handed Stony Brook a defeat. Run-scoring hits by Sarah Simon and Karson Tuck staked Jacksonville to a 2-0 lead in the first, before Stony Brook pulled a run back after an infield hit by Hagerty in the bottom of the frame.
With a 5-1 lead in the seventh, the Dolphins went back to work off Cukrov, plating four more runs courtesy of four hits. The Seawolves' starter took her second loss of the season after surrendering 13 hits and eight earned runs.
• The Seawolves had a season-high nine hits against Bethune-Cookman, including three from Hagerty and two from Giosia
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• Hagerty has hit safely in all four games this season, and is batting .615 (8-for-13) thus far.
The Seawolves will wrap up play in Jacksonville on Sunday against No. 17 Louisville (9 a.m.) and Ohio State (11:15 a.m.).