Giosia lifts softball into Charlotte Classic championship game
Feb. 18, 2012
Charlotte, N.C. - Freshman Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) smacked a three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning to help Stony Brook defeat Charlotte, 4-3, on Saturday at the Charlotte Classic.
The Seawolves (2-2) struck first against Charlotte (4-4) when sophomore Nicole Schieferstein (Seaford, N.Y.) hit a sac fly to score freshman Lauren Kamachi (Surrey, British Colombia) in the top of the second. The 49ers rallied to take a 2-1 lead into the sixth, but Stony Brook began to battle back when Kamachi reached on a one-out single. Sophomore Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) followed with a double down the left field line, setting up Giosia with runners at second and third. The freshman calmly stepped into the box and drove the ball over the left-field fence for her first collegiate home run to give the visitors a 4-2 advantage.
Sophomore Christine Lucido (Melville, N.Y.), making her first start with the Seawolves, pitched well, allowing just two runs on five hits over five innings of work. Freshman Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) pitched the final two innings of the game to earn her second save of the season as the Seawolves avenged a 5-3 defeat to Charlotte on Friday.
With the win, Stony Brook advanced to the tournament championship game against Kansas (7-2) on Sunday at 11 a.m. The game will be a rematch of Saturday's early game, which Kansas won against Stony Brook, 2-0, thanks to a masterful performance by starter Alicia Pille. Pille struck out 11 batters and held the Seawolves to just two hits, outdueling Cukrov, who also pitched a complete game and struck out eight. The Jayhawks have won all four of their games in Charlotte, outscoring their opponents 24-12 in the process.
Combs was responsible for both Stony Brook hits against the Jayhawks and added another two-hit game against Charlotte to bring her team-leading batting average up to .417 through four games (5-for-12).
Schieferstein's RBI against the 49ers on Saturday gave her three runs-batted-in so far in 2012; she had two RBI in 31 total games last year.