Sunday, April 6, 2014

Cukrov, HRs lift #Seawolves to series sweep over Hartford

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior Allison Cukrov tossed a one-hitter and was backed by three home runs as the Stony Brook softball team beat Hartford, 11-2, in five innings to complete the three-game sweep.
Senior Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) and juniors Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.) and Bria Green(Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) each homered as the Seawolves (15-13, 7-1 America East) recorded their eighth win in nine home games.
Head Coach Megan Bryant's Reaction
"I thought today's effort was the best of three-game series.  We finished on a high note with our pitching, defense and hitting.  As the season has gone along, we've gained more confidence in ourselves, and that's critical to any team becoming successful."
Cukrov made just one mistake and that came in the first inning. Amber Andrews left off the inning with a walk. Two batter later, Chelsey Mooney, who fouled off five straight pitches in an 11-pitch at bat, homered to right center to stake Hartford (6-17, 1-5) to a 2-0 lead.
Combs answered in the bottom of the inning, drilling the second pitch she saw over the left-field fence. Senior Olivia Mintun (Neoga, Ill.) reached on a hit by pitch before Giosia belted her first homer of the season as Stony Brook took its first lead of the game.
Stony Brook tacked on a fourth run in the first on an errant throw.
Hartford hit only one hard-hit ball the rest of the game. In the top of the fifth, Sawyer Fried drive to left backed Green to the warning track, but Green caught the ball as she crashed into the fence.


With two outs in the fifth and Green on third, sophomore Kellie Reynolds (Paso Robles, Calif.) walked and Diane Caruso (Middletown, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch. Junior Lauren Kamachi (Surrey, British Columbia), pinch hitting for senior Nicole Schieferstein (Seaford, N.Y.), lined a double to the gap in right to make it 7-2. Combs followed with an infield single that drove in Caruso and Schieferstein, who had re-entered.
Green ended the game with a massive two-run homer, her team-leading sixth of the season to center.
By The Numbers
• Stony Brook finished the game with nine hits
• The 11 runs scored tied a season-high (Liberty, March 2)
• The three RBIs from Combs were a season-high
News & Notes
• Cukrov is 5-0 with a 2.22 ERA in America East games
• The three HRs were the most this season since belting two in the season opener against Georgia State
• Stony Brook is 6-0 when it doesn't commit an error
Up Next
Stony Brook will head into Manhattan for a doubleheader against Columbia on Tuesday, April 8. Game one is slated for 3 p.m.