Softball battles in 3-0 loss to No. 6 Mizzou in Columbia Regional

Freshman Kellie Reynolds had one of Stony Brook's two hits on the day
 
Freshman Kellie Reynolds had one of Stony Brook's two hits on the day
 
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May 17, 2013

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Columbia, Mo. - The Stony Brook softball team (35-24) battled toe-to-toe with No. 6 overall seed Missouri, holding the Tigers off the board into the fifth inning, before succumbing to a 3-0 defeat on Friday at the NCAA Columbia Regional before a crowd of 1,080 at University Field.

Quotes

"This was a tough game for us today as we came in wanting to win it, not just be happy to be here. I think if we had been able to capitalize a little bit earlier on some of those base runners and put a run or two on the board, it would've given us a little bit of momentum. We didn't make that happen. I thought our defense was pretty decent and I thought Allie [Cukrov] threw a nice game. We had a shot at this one, so it's disappointing to us, but we know we can win this venue and we can compete with these teams, and we'll look to rebound tomorrow."

--Head Coach Megan T. Bryant

"Obviously I need to limit the free bases in the future, but I thought the team showed great effort in the field. I thought it was a good team effort, but we fell short."

--Sophomore Allison Cukrov

Recap

Neither team was able to generate much offense through the first four innings as Stony Brook starter Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) and Mizzou hurler Nicole Hudson battled to prevent the game's first run.

Cukrov had allowed only one hit into the fifth, before the Missouri (36-11) attack finally broke through. With a pair of runners aboard, Missouri's Jenna Marston crushed a pitch over the right-centerfield fence to put the hosts in front, 3-0.

Stony Brook recorded its first hit in the sixth, an infield single by sophomore Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.), and added a second hit in the seventh on a single by freshman Kellie Reynolds (Paso Robles, Calif.). Stony Brook could not string any momentum together in either case, however, leaving five runners on base in the game.

Both teams finished with just two hits as Cukrov (15-15) and Hudson (11-5) each battled to complete-game efforts. Cukrov struck out four batters and walked six, while Hudson fanned one and walked two.

News and Notes

• Stony Brook fell to 0-3 all-time at the NCAA Tournament.
• The game followed a similar course as Stony Brook's 2008 NCAA opener against Arizona State; in that game, the Sun Devils also didn't score until the fifth in a 2-0 win.
• The Seawolves are 0-3 this season against ranked opponents. In addition to today's loss vs. Missouri, Stony Brook lost two games to No. 16 Louisville (8-0, 5-0) in February.
• Stony Brook is now 0-2 all-time against SEC opponents.
• Giosia extended her hitting streak to six straight games, while Reynolds has now hit safely in four consecutive games.
• The two hits Cukrov allowed are the fewest Stony Brook has ever conceded in an NCAA Tournament game.
• Missouri posted its 17th shutout of the season and won its seventh consecutive NCAA Regional game.

Up Next

The Seawolves will face Oregon State in an elimination game Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EST on ESPN3.