Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Struzenberg, Matthes hold URI scoreless

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook University's softball team swept its two-game series against Rhode Island on Tuesday with shutouts by junior Alyssa Struzenberg (Cooper City, Fla.) and sophomore Colleen Matthes (Severn, Md.). The Seawolves needed only five innings to get past the Rams in game one, winning 10-0, and then topped them 6-0 in game two. Stony Brook has now won ten-straight and is 14-3 on the season.
After being named the America East Player of the Week yesterday, senior Marissa Fleury (Mahopac, N.Y.) continued to handle the bat well, driving an RBI double to right centerfield in the bottom of the first inning to score Stony Brook's first run of the game.
She would strike again in the third with a one-out homer to leftcenter, giving the Seawolves a three-run lead. Senior Kelly Oberto (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) followed that up with a single and later scored on senior Kelsi Fanelli's (Audubon, N.J.) single up the middle. After a groundout and a walk, sophomore Brijette Martin (New York, N.Y.) drove in two with a two-out double. Junior Vicki Kavitsky (Cherry Hill, N.J.) would cap the scoring for Stony Brook in the third inning with a two-run homer to left, giving the Seawolves seven runs in the frame.
SBU picked up where it left off in the fourth inning, using three singles to plate two more runs. Junior Kendall Blumenthal (Frederick, Md.) had the two RBI shot to left, which put the Seawolves up 10-0.

Struzenberg was near perfect in the circle, allowing just two batters to reach base in five innings. She recorded seven strikeouts on the way to her seventh win of the season.
Stony Brook took advantage of some erratic Rhode Island pitching in the beginning of game two to jump out to an early lead. Kavtisky led off with a hit-by-pitch and advanced to third on two wild pitches. Freshman Suzanne Karath (Fishkill, N.Y.) then singled up the middle for a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, senior Molly Kestranek (St. Mary's, Ga.) took a 2-2 pitch over the leftfield wall for a two-run homer, extending Stony Brook's lead to three runs. Kestranek would drive in her third run of the game in the fifth inning with a double down the leftfield line which plated Karath.
Martin would tack on Stony Brook's final run of the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.
Matthes, who allowed five hits in the first four innings of the game, retired the last nine batters she faced for the complete game win. The sophomore picked up five strikeouts while issuing just one free pass.
Stony Brook hits the road on Wednesday for a doubleheader against Monmouth.