Softball powers past Rider to extend home winning streak
April 9, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook softball team extended its home winning streak to eight games with a pair of victories over Rider on Monday. Freshman Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) pitched two complete games and struck out 10 batters on the day as the Seawolves won 8-0 and 3-1 to improve to 24-9 on the year.
Cukrov, who was named the America East Pitcher of the Week on Monday, allowed only two hits in game one, while striking out eight to pick up her 10th shutout of the season. The freshman needs just one more shutout to tie Stony Brook's single season record of 11 held by Alyssa Struzenberg.
The Seawolves' offense also did its part with a season-high 16 hits in the opener, 14 of which were singles. Five Stony Brook players had multi-hit efforts, including three knocks apiece from senior Suzanne Karath (Fishkill, N.Y.), senior Alyssa Hawley (Spokane, Wash.) and sophomore Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.). Combs had four RBI in the game and freshman Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.), who was named the Amerca East Rookie of the Week on Monday, added three runs batted in.
Stony Brook plated runs in each of the first three innings, scoring twice in the first, once in the second and two more times in the third to take an early 5-0 lead. Combs delivered the big hit in the first inning, a two-run single to get the hosts on the board. Giosia accounted for the third run with an RBI single to score Hawley in the second, before Combs doubled in senior Bernadette Tenuto (Audubon, N.J.) in the third to make it 4-0. Combs then advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a fielding error off a ball hit by redshirt freshman Nicole Hoyle (Warwick, Md.) to make it a five-run game.
The hosts added three more in the sixth to end the game abruptly due to the eight-run rule. Giosia and Combs were again in the thick of things as the freshman smashed a bases-loaded double to right-center to make it 7-0, before Combs sliced a single into right to bring in Giosia and round out the scoring.
The top five hitters in Stony Brook's lineup (Karath, Hawley, Giosia, Tenuto and Combs) went 12-for-19 in game one with seven RBI and seven runs scored.
Game two took a much different course as both teams struggled to find offense.
Rider (13-22-1) produced the first run of the game in the third inning and held a 1-0 lead into the sixth when Stony Brook found its stroke at the plate. Sophomore Nicole Schieferstein (Seaford, N.Y.) started the rally by slapping a leadoff single through the left side. After a sacrifice bunt by Karath moved Schieferstein into scoring position, Hawley tapped a bunt toward the second baseman and beat the throw to the bag to give Stony Brook runners at the corners with one away. Hawley then swiped second to give Stony Brook two runners in scoring position with Giosia at the plate. Just as in the first game, Giosia came up big with an opposite-field single to bring in both runners and make it 2-1. Giosia later scored on another clutch hit by Combs to give the hosts an insurance run.
Cukrov took it from there, retiring the final three batters in order to give Stony Brook the sweep. Cukrov allowed only four hits in the second game and struck out two to improve to 15-4.
Stony Brook returns to conference play this weekend with three games at UMBC starting Saturday at 1 p.m.