Stony Brook, Binghamton Win on Day 2 of #AESB Championship
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Stony Brook and Binghamton posted wins on day two of the 2014 America East Softball Championship Friday. The top-seeded Seawolves beat second-seeded Albany, 9-0 in six innings, to advance to the tournament’s championship round, while third-seeded Binghamton got a walk-off home run from Taylor Chaffee to beat fourth-seeded UMBC, 2-1, to avoid elimination.
In a revised tournament schedule due to weather, Albany will face Binghamton in an elimination game on Saturday at 12 p.m. The winner of that game will meet Stony Brook, which is seeking its second-straight league crown, in the championship round Sunday at 11 a.m. A second game will follow if necessary.
Stony Brook 8, Albany 0 (6 innings) – Box Score
Top-seeded Stony Brook hit two more home runs, upping their tournament total to six, on its way to an 8-0 win over Albany in the third game of the 2014 America East Softball Championship game Friday at Stony Brook’s University Field.
Allison Cukrov allowed just four runs hits while hurling a complete-game shutout to pitch the Seawolves to the championship round for the second-straight year.
The Seawolves (34-16) got on the board in the second on an RBI single by Jessica Zeilman.
Albany (30-11) had its best chance in the bottom of the third as Jess Tate led off with a walk and one batter later Vicky McFarland, a first-team all-league outfielder, singled. But Cukrov retired Kelly Costello and Maggie Cocks to end the threat.
Bria Green plated three for Stony Brook, winner of 19 of its last 21 games, in the fourth on a three-run home run to straight-away center field. The blast, her second of the tournament, was her 15th of the year.
The Seawolves ended the game in sixth, due to the eight-run rule, by plating five runs. With two outs, Olivia Mintun delivered an RBI single and second-team all-conference outfielder Shayla Giosia blasted a grand slam off the scoreboard in left to end it.
Binghamton 2, UMBC 1 – Box Score
Taylor Chaffee slugged a walk-off home run to straight-away center field as Binghamton beat UMBC, 2-1, in the fourth game of the 2014 America East Softball Championship Friday at Stony Brook’s University Field.
Binghamton (22-24) plated the first run in the bottom of the second on Lisa Cadogan’s eighth home run of the season.
UMBC (31-22) was held off the board and to only two hits until the seventh. Chelsea Bertoglio, a second-team all-league first baseman led off with a double and one batter later pinch runner Kathleen Sharp scored on Kaelin Jackson’s double to left.
Chaffee ended it quickly in the home half of the frame, driving an 0-1 delivery from UMBC lefty Jessica Holte onto the batting cage in center field to end it.
Holte, an all-rookie choice, allowed two runs over six innings while Binghamton’s Demi Laney allowed just one run on four hits while striking out nine to earn her 19th win of the year.