Softball Travels for Three-Game Set with Top-Seeded Stony Brook
ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine softball team (15-13, 6-5 America East) will travel to take on the current league-leading Stony Brook Seawolves (22-14, 10-1 AE) for a three-game series. Maine and Stony Brook will begin its competition with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 before closing the series with a single game on Sunday, April 20 at 11 a.m.
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The Black Bears are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games with Stony Brook. Stony Brook leads the all-time series 22-17-1. Five of the last six decisions between the two teams have been decided by two runs or less, with three of the contests being one-run games. Last season in Orono, Stony Brook took two of three from the Black Bears, with Maine winning the opener of the series 2-0. Stony Brook swept the day two double header, winning 4-2 after taking a 3-2 decision in 15-innings. Current junior Alexis Bogdanovich went 9.2 innings in the extra inning affair, giving up eight hits and just one run. EmJ Fogel leads Maine's offense against Stony Brook as she has recorded five hits and a run in her career against the Seawolves. Jean Stevens went 1-for-2 with an RBI in Maine's 2-0 victory a season ago while also belting a two-run home run in the series. Maine went 0-2-1 a in its last trip to Stony Brook, dropping 3-0 and 1-0 decisions and also forcing a 1-1 tie.
Maine most recently defeated Division-III opponent Husson University 6-1 on Thursday evening. The Black Bears' offense is led by junior right fielder Jessica Burk who is hitting .424 (36-85). Burk's .424 mark at the dish currently leads the league. Burk is third in the league in hits (36) while leading the Black Bears in RBI (17), home runs (3) and slugging (.588). Burk has been on a tear in league play as she is hitting .500 against America East opponents with 10 runs, 12 RBI, four doubles and two home runs. Junior EmJ Fogel is chipping in a .341 mark (29-85), fourth best in the league, while scoring 15 runs, driving in 13 and adding a team-high seven doubles. Dagmar Ralphs, who is hitting .440 in league play, has boosted her average to .297 while knocking in nine runs and scoring seven. Freshman Samantha Ralphs is adding a .313 mark (21-67) with 11 runs scored and six stolen bases. Kristen Koslosky is hitting .292 (19-65) and has scored 12 runs while adding a team-high 10 walks. Freshman Shelby Obert is batting .269 and is tied for second on the team with 13 RBI while fellow freshman shortstop Felicia Lennon is added a .241 mark and leads the team in both stolen bases (8) and runs (18).
Hannah Hill enters the contest at 6-3 in the circle with a 2.67 ERA in 13 appearances, including 10 starts. Hill has fanned a team-high 64 in 63.0 innings while holding hitters to a .238 mark. Junior hurler Alexis Bogdanovich, who has not allowed a run in her previous 10.2 innings, is the reigning America East Co-Pitcher of the Week. Bogdanovich is 4-5 with a team-low 2.52 ERA in 13 appearances and eight starts. Bogdanovich has struck out 44 opposing hitters in 60.0 innings.
Maine ranks third in the America East with a .280 average, is fourth in pitching with a 3.30 ERA and sit third in fielding (.955).
Stony Brook currently leads the league with a 10-1 mark in America East contests. The Seawolves rank fourth in the league in hitting (.272), third in pitching (3.08) and second in fielding (.957). Stony Brook has won its last seven contest, dating back to a 1-0 loss on April 8 at Columbia, and currently are riding a nine-game America East winning streak. The Seawolves' lone conference loss came on March 22 against Albany, a 7-3 defeat. Stony Brook, who is 9-1 at home, is led by Alexandra Pisciotta's .514 (19-37) mark at the plate. Nicole Schieferstein is batting .310 (18-58) with seven runs and three RBI. Shayla Giosia is chipping in a .304 mark (34-112), leading the team in hits and stolen bases (10). Bria Green provides the power for the Seawolves as she is hitting .279 (31-111) while leading the team in runs (23), RBI (26) and home runs (8). In the circle, the Seawolves look upon Allison Cukrov for success. Cukrov leads the league in wins as she is 15-7 with a 2.53 ERA in 31 appearances with 18 starts. Cukrov has struck out a league-high 129 hitters in 135.1 innings. Jane Sallen is 7-7 on the year with a 3.51 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 97.2 innings.