Softball Falls in Doubleheader at Stony Brook
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- The University of Maine softball team (15-15, 6-7 America East) dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Stony Brook (24-14, 12-1 AE) on Saturday afternoon, losing game one 1-0 before falling in game two by a score of 3-1.
Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) provided the lone offense for the Black Bears with a solo home run in game two. Samantha Ralphs (Lebanon, Ill.) paced Maine's offense in game one with a pair of singles. Jessica Burk (Warrenton, Va.) tallied a hit in each game to run her current hitting streak to eight games.
In game one, Stony Brook broke a scoreless tie with a single run in the bottom of the fourth, which proved to be all it would need. With two outs in the inning, Melissa Phelan doubled to right center before being lifted for pinch runner Lexie Shue. Alexandra Pisciotta's single to right scored Shue with the first, and only, run of the game.
Maine's best offensive opportunity came in the third when Shelby Obert (Skowhegan, Maine) and Samantha Ralphs each singled. With two outs, Felicia Lennon (Brookfield, Conn.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. However, the Seawolves escaped the jam to keep Maine off the scoreboard.
Alexis Bogdanovich took the loss for the Black Bears in game one, falling to 4-6 on the season after going 6.0 innings while giving up just one run on six hits with four strikeouts.
Stony Brook was able to again score first in game two as it took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Nicole Schieferstein scored the game's first run on a failed pickoff attempt which allowed her to trot in from third. Bria Green followed with an RBI bunt single, scoring Olivia Mintun.
Stevens cut the Seawolves' lead in half as she blasted her third home run of the year to center.
Stony Brook immediately responded as Shayla Giosa homered to left center, putting the Seawolves back on top by two runs, 3-1.
The Seawolves defense and pitching kept Maine in check in the next two innings as they were able to complete the doubleheader sweep.
Hannah Hill (Fryeburg, Maine) falls to 6-4 on the year as she gave up three runs on seven hits while fanning nine.
Stony Brook starter Allison Cukrov was the difference all day as she picked up a pair of victories in the circle while giving up just one run in 14-innings while scattering six hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts.
Maine closes out its series at Stony Brook with a single game on Sunday, April 20 at 11 a.m.