Stony Brook, Albany Win Openers in #AESB Championship
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Stony Brook and Albany, the top two seeds in the 2014 America East Softball Championship, each used the long ball to advance into tournament's winner's bracket Thursday at Stony Brook’s University Field. The Seawolves hit four home runs en route to a 16-1 win over UMBC in the tournament opener while Albany whacked three dingers in an 8-7 win over Binghamton.
Due to rain, the start of Stony Brook and Albany has been pushed back to 2:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to Saturday’s championship game. Binghamton and UMBC will meet in an elimination game at 5 p.m. The winner of that matchup will play the loser of the Stony Brook-Albany contest an elimination contest of Saturday.
Stony Brook 16, UMBC 1 – Box Score
Top-seeded Stony Brook exploded for 12 runs in the bottom of the fourth and pounded out 15 hits overall en route to a 16-1 win over fourth-seeded UMBC in the opening game of the 2014 America East Softball Championship Thursday at Stony Brook’s University Field.
Stony Brook (33-16), winner of 18 of their last 20 games, did not waste any time starting its scoring. Jessica Combs and Olivia Mintun, both all-conference selections, started the game with singles. Shayla Giosia, a second-team all-league outfielder then blooped a single to right field driving in Combs. One batter later, Bria Green cleared the bases with a home run to left center.
UMBC (31-21) got one back in the top half of the third as Danielle O’Neill crushed a Cukrov delivery over the center field fence, her 11th long ball of the year, to cut the deficit to 4-1.
The Seawolves’ lineup put the game away in the home half of the fourth, scoring 12 times. Alexandra Pisciotta homered twice in the frame, leading off the inning with a solo shot to center field and blasting a three-run shot later in the frame. Jessica Combs also homered in the frame, her sixth of the year. Overall, the Seawolves had 11 of their 15 hits in the fourth.
America East Pitcher of the Year Allison Cukrov finished off the shortened game by retiring the Retrievers in the fifth. She allowed one run on three hits while striking out five.
The Seawolves had seven players with two hits, including Pisciotta and Green, who each drove in four runs each.
Albany 8, Binghamton 7 - Box Score
Second-seeded Albany scored five times in the third inning and held on for a win over Binghamton in the second game of the 2014 America East Softball Championship Thursday at Stony Brook’s University Field.
Binghamton (21-24) struck first in the top of the second. Bridget Hunt, an America East All-Rookie selection, homered to lead off the inning, her seventh of the year.
Albany (30-10), which is seeking its fifth conference title, got the run back in the home half of the second on Lauren Alcorn’s RBI single. The Great Danes added five more in the third to take a 6-1 lead. Kelly Costello, Charlise Castro and Jess Tate all belted homers in the inning.
After the Bearcats cut the lead to 6-4 with two runs in the fourth and a single run in the fifth, the Great Danes grew the lead back to four runs (8-4) entering the seventh.
In its final at bat, Binghamton threatened to extend the game, scoring three times. Hunt, who had four hits and drove in three, delivered a two-run triple and came home on a two-out single from Crysti Eichner. Mikala King came up as a pinch hitter and roped a line drive, but in landed in the glove of Alcorn to end the game.
Brittany MacFawn went the distance to earn the win, her 17th of the year, for Albany.