Pisciotta walk-off lifts softball to 2-1 win over Fairfield

Sophomore Allison Cukrov earned the win in relief
 
Sophomore Allison Cukrov earned the win in relief
 
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March 28, 2013

Box Score

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Freshman Alexandra Pisciotta (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) singled in the game-winning run with two outs in the seventh to give the Stony Brook softball team a 2-1 win over Fairfield on Thursday at University Field. The Seawolves have won two straight heading into this weekend's series vs. UMBC.

Coach's Reaction

"This wasn't the prettiest offensive day we've had, but we found a way to grind it out. Our pitching has really picked up and our defense has been steady, so hopefully we'll continue to get better."

--Head Coach Megan Bryant

Recap

In a tightly-contested affair, the Seawolves (14-15) were able to scratch out a victory despite recording only five hits. Sophomore Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) knocked in her 18th run of the year with a bloop single in the third, before the Stags (11-11) battled back to draw even on an RBI double in the sixth.

With the score tied 1-1 in the seventh and senior Gina Bianculli (Oakdale, N.Y.) on second base, Pisciotta lined a single into left field, scoring Bianculli just ahead of the tag to give Stony Brook its second win of the week.

Junior Christine Lucido (Melville, N.Y.) started the game and tossed three flawless innings, before giving way to freshman Jane Sallen (Lake Worth, Fla.). Sallen also pitched well, but surrendered the game-tying run in the sixth, prompting a switch to sophomore Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) in the seventh.


 

 

Cukrov put two runners on base in the final frame, but worked out of trouble with back-to-back strikeouts to preserve the tie. Cukrov then earned the win, her fifth of the year, following Pisciotta's heroics in the bottom of the inning.

The Numbers Game

• Fairfield outhit Stony Brook by a 9-5 margin
• Sophomore Bria Green (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) recorded her third double of the week.

News and Notes

• The walk-off hit was Pisciotta's first collegiate RBI.
• Four of Stony Brook's last five games have been decided by one run.
• The Seawolves have allowed two runs or less in 10 of their last 11 games.

Up Next

The Seawolves will host UMBC this weekend for a three-game series beginning Saturday at 1 p.m.