Lucido carries softball to sweep of Quinnipiac
April 4, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior Christine Lucido (Melville, N.Y.) earned two wins in the circle to propel the Stony Brook softball team to a sweep of Quinnipiac on Thursday at University Field. The Seawolves won the first game, 5-4, before taking the second game, 6-0.
"This was one of Christine's [Lucido] best days in a Stony Brook uniform. She was on point, tough, efficient and gave us a great effort. Offensively, we did a better job being productive: stringing hits together and moving runners."
--Head Coach Megan Bryant
In a see-saw battle, Stony Brook (19-15) overcame a 4-3 deficit in the fifth inning to prevail, 5-4. After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, the Seawolves plated three runs in the bottom of the frame to take an early lead. A sacrifice fly by junior Nicole Hagerty (Sicklerville, N.Y.) tied the score at 1-1, before RBI hits by sophomore Bria Green (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) and junior Jessica Zeilman (Newfield, N.J.) gave the hosts a two-run lead.
Quinnipiac (7-21) battled back in the fourth to take a 4-3 advantage off Stony Brook starter Jane Sallen (Lake Worth, Fla.). Lucido then entered the game and did not allow a baserunner the rest of the way, giving the Seawolves a chance to come back.
And come back they did.
Lucido finished with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work.
Carrying the momentum into the second game, Lucido turned in another solid performance to help Stony Brook complete the sweep. The junior fired four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, while striking out two to improve to 9-1 overall. Sophomore Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) pitched the final three innings, striking out four, to earn her third save of the year.
Stony Brook opened the scoring in the second on an RBI double by Zeilman. The Seawolves then tacked on two more in the third on a double down the left field line by sophomore Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.).
Stony Brook rounded out the offense in the fifth with three more runs courtesy of an RBI walk by Giosia, an RBI single by Hagerty and another run via wild pitch.
The Numbers Game
• Both teams had six hits in the opener.
News and Notes
• Stony Brook has won seven straight games.
Stony Brook will look to extend its winning streak on Sunday at Rider. The teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.