Pitching helps softball post Sunday sweep, 4-0 weekend
March 17, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Dominant pitching, timely hitting and stellar defense helped the Stony Brook softball team (11-13) post wins over Yale and Providence on Sunday at University Field. The Seawolves defeated the Bulldogs, 4-1, and the Friars, 3-1, to finish 4-0 at the Stony Brook Invitational over the weekend.
"We hope to get better every week, and what I liked most about this tournament is that we saved our best game for last. We're really sharing the ball between our three pitchers as they each give us a different look. We like to have a 9-1-1 approach with our staff; sometimes you need help if you start a game, someone else has to come in and finish it, and I think they've embraced that."
--Head Coach Megan Bryant
In Sunday's opener against Yale (2-11), Stony Brook's pitching stifled the Bulldogs' bats to the tune of just three hits and one run. Freshman Jane Sallen (Lake Worth, Fla.) picked up her second victory of the weekend with 5.2 solid innings, allowing just five total baserunners. Sophomore Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) came on in relief and tossed a pefect inning and a third to earn her second save of the year.
The Seawolves had just five hits, but cashed in on four Yale errors to push two runs across in the third and two more in the fifth. Junior Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) scored a pair of runs in the leadoff spot, while redshirt junior Jessica Zeilman (Newfield, N.J.) went 1-for-2 with an RBI single.
Sophomore Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) accounted for all three RBI in the second game vs. Providence, belting a two-run homer in the first and knocking in a third run with a sac fly in the fifth.
Starter Christine Lucido (Melville, N.Y.) scattered three hits over 3.2 innings, before giving way to Cukrov, who held the Friars hitless over the final 3.1 innings. Cukrov earned the win in relief to improve to 4-6 on the year.
The Numbers Game
• The Seawolves allowed just five runs all weekend, posting a 1.00 ERA in four games.
News and Notes
• Stony Brook has now won five straight.
The Seawolves travel to Bryant for a doubleheader Wednesday starting at 2 p.m.