Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cukrov throws perfect game as softball splits at Manhattan

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Riverdale, N.Y. - Freshman Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) became just the third Stony Brook pitcher in the school's Division I era to throw a perfect game as the Seawolves shutout Manhattan, 9-0, in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday. The Jaspers bounced back in the second game, however, dealing the Seawolves a 5-2 defeat.
Cukrov struck out 12 of the 15 batters she faced as the game ended after five innings due to the eight-run rule. The freshman joins Stephanie Poetzsch and Lindsey DeLaRosa as the only Seawolves' pitchers to record perfect games since Stony Brook made the move to Division I in 1999. Poetzsch and DeLaRosa both fired perfect games on the same day, Apr. 14, 2001, in a sweep of Maryland Eastern-Shore, making Cukrov's perfect effort the first for Stony Brook in nearly 11 years.
Cukrov's 12 strikeouts tied a career high as the Irvine, Calif. native also fanned 12 batters against Utah on Mar. 10. Cukrov has now won nine straight starts and has allowed only six total runs in her last 10 appearances, boasting an ERA of 0.70 during that span.
The first game of the day remained scoreless into the top of the fourth when Stony Brook (22-9) broke it open with five runs. Senior Lauren Maloney (Las Vegas, Nev.) plated the first run with an RBI single, before freshman Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) scored three more on a double and a subsequent throwing error by the center fielder. Sophomore Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) capped off the frame with a bunt single to bring in Giosia to make it 5-0.

Stony Brook's offense stayed hot in the fifth as the Seawolves ignited for four more runs to bring the game to an early conclusion. Run-scoring singles by senior Suzanne Karath (Fishkill, N.Y.) and Maloney made it 7-0, before Giosia again delivered a two-run double to give the visitors a nine-run cushion. Giosia finished 3-for-3 with four RBI, while Maloney posted a 2-for-4 effort with two RBI and two runs.

Manhattan (2-21) was able to regroup in the second game and hang on for a win, despite a near comeback by the Seawolves in the seventh inning. The Jaspers led 5-0 entering the final half-inning when Combs delivered a one-out ground-rule double to give Stony Brook life. Sophomore Nicole Hagerty (Sicklerville, N.J.) then followed with another ground-rule double to make it 5-1, before redshirt freshman Nicole Hoyle (Warwick, Md.) delivered her first-career hit and RBI, a single to left to score Hagerty and make it 5-2.
After a fielder's choice reduced the Seawolves to their final out, seniors Alyssa Hawley (Spokane, Wash.) and Suzanne Karath extended the game with back-to-back singles to load the bases for Maloney. But Manhattan pitcher Amy Bright buckled down and forced a foul-out to end the game.
The Seawolves will have the weekend off and will return to action Monday for a home doubleheader against Rider beginning at 2 p.m.