Softball extends win streak to nine in sweep of Sacred Heart
April 10, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook softball team (21-15) pushed its winning streak to nine straight games with a doubleheader sweep of Sacred Heart on Wednesday at University Field. The Seawolves won the opener, 11-0, before rallying for a 3-2 victory in game two.
"Any day you win two games is a good day. We had to work a lot harder for the second game, but I'm proud of the fight we put up and the execution in the seventh inning."
--Head Coach Megan Bryant
Stony Brook opened the day with an emphatic performance at the plate, recording 13 hits in an 11-0 rout. Four different players recorded multi-hit games, including senior Gina Bianculli (Oakdale, N.Y.) who went 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs. Junior Nicole Hagerty (Sicklerville, N.J.) led Stony Brook with three runs batted in and had a pair of hits at the dish.
The Seawolves struck first in the second when Bianculli ripped a pitch over the centerfield fence for a two-run homer, her third long-ball of the season. Stony Brook then exploded for nine runs in the third, sending 13 batters to the plate and registering nine hits. Freshman Kellie Reynolds (Paso Robles, Calif.) had two hits in the inning, including an RBI double, while Hagerty also posted two hits in the frame and knocked in three runs on a single and a double.
With plenty of run support, sophomore Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) carved apart the Sacred Heart lineup, limiting the visitors to just three hits, while striking out eight in a five-inning shutout.
The Seawolves carried their hot hitting into the second game, scoring a run in the first on a sac fly by sophomore Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.).
Sacred Heart (17-17) quickly tied it at 1-1 in the second courtesy of a Stony Brook error, and then took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on an RBI double by Kate Nadler.
Down to its final six outs, Stony Brook rallied to tie in the sixth on a solo home run by Hagerty. The Seawolves then won the game in the seventh after junior Jessica Zeilman (Newfield, N.J.) led off with a single and eventually scored on a fielding error following a single by freshman Alexandra Pisciotta (New Hyde Park, N.Y.).
Cukrov earned the win once again in game two after relieving starter Christine Lucido (Melville, N.Y.) in the fifth.
The Numbers Game
Stony Brook outhit Sacred Heart, 21-7, over the course of the doubleheader.
News and Notes
The Seawolves have swept each of their last three doubleheaders (UMBC, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart).
The Seawolves will return to conference play this weekend for a showdown against first-place Albany (6-0). The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m., before wrapping up the series Sunday at noon.