Phillips, Cukrov, Fisher Earn Softball Weekly Awards
Phillips (Syracuse, N.Y.) batted .400 and slugged 1.133 last week by hitting three solo home runs and adding a pair of doubles. The junior outfielder also walked twice and scored four runs. She has racked up 32 career home runs and 78 RBI in just 99 games played.
Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.) dominated in the circle last week, allowing just two runs in 14 innings of work (1.00 ERA). The right-hander allowed just six hits while fanning 19 and walking only three to lead Stony Brook to wins over Siena and Rider at the GW Classic. Cukrov fired a one-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory over RMU.
Fisher (Kelowna, British Columbia) batted .714 (5-for-7) over her first two games as a collegian, belting a homer and a double while scoring three her team's runs. The week included a 4-for-4 performance against Central Connecticut in which she belted her first collegiate home run.
Albany (2-3) was off last week but will look to improve on its overall record in the Adidas Invitational at Rock Hill, S.C. which is hosted by Winthrop University ... The Invitational opponents that the Great Danes will face are Campbell, George Washington, Bowling Green, UNC-Wilmington and host Winthrop ... The first game will begin on Friday, Mar. 9 against Campbell as the first pitch will be thrown at 12 p.m.
Binghamton (3-7) Junior outfielder Jessica Phillips (Cicero, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) hit a team-best .400 at the Texas Tech Tournament this past weekend. She finished with two doubles and three home runs to record a slugging percentage of 1.133. Phillips homered in back-to-back games against Texas Arlington and Texas Tech on March 2. She currently has a seven-game hitting streak. For her career, Phillips has 32 home runs and 78 RBI in just 99 games played ... sophomore first baseman Mikala King (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) is batting a team-best .394 and has a team-high nine RBI. At the Texas Tech Tournament, she hit .375 with two home runs and five RBI. Against Texas-Arlington on March 3, she belted a three-run home run to lead the Bearcats to a 6-3 victory ...also batting .375 at the Texas Tech Tournament was senior outfielder Meghan Tucker (Kirkwood, N.Y./Windsor). She went a perfect 3-for-3 in the March 3 win over Texas Arlington. For the season, Tucker is hitting a career-high .367.
Boston U. (5-4) went 2-2 at the University of Tennessee Tournament last weekend, including a 7-3 victory over Memphis, who participated in the NCAA tournament last year...Terriers held No. 17/19 Louisville to just two runs...Had two players hit a home run in the same game for the first time this year when sophomore Amy Ekart and junior Emily Roesch each swung for a homer against Memphis.
Hartford (0-2) got its season started at neighboring Central Connecticut State on Sunday and suffered a pair of losses to the Blue Devils ... In game one, Hartford carried a four run lead into the final frame however that cushion was not large enough as CCSU rallied for five runs in its final at-bats ... The Hawks fell 13-7 in the nightcap ... Pacing Hartford's offense in its season openers was freshman Peyton Fisher (Kelowna, British Columbia/Kelowna Secondary) who combined to bat .714 in the twinbill (5-for-7) in her first games as a collegian ... A catcher, she doubled, homered and crossed the plate three times ... Junior Jordan Haines King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion Area) also turned in strong performances at the plate with a home run and four RBIs in the two games ... The Hawks have seven games on the slate this week, all on the road ... Hartford starts off its week at Rhode Island on Wednesday with a doubleheader and then heads to Fairfax, Va. for five games at the George Mason Invitational ... In the tournament, the Hawks will play three games with the host team and a pair of games against Cornell.
Maine (4-10) went 3-6 over the weekend in the start of its west coast swing ... The Black Bears went 3-1 as the away team and were 0-5 in neutral site contests ... Maine put together a three-game win streak in the middle of the week as they took a game at Cal State Fullerton 11-3 before sweeping a doubleheader at Long Beach State with scores of 6-4 and 3-2 in extra innings ... Ashley Kelley (Hermon, Maine) led the Black Bears in the circle as she went 2-3, picking up wins against Cal St. Fullerton and Long Beach State ... Kelley went the distance in the win at Cal State Fullerton for the complete game victory ... Junior Hilary Kane (Concord, N.H.) paced the Maine offense as she batted .480 over the past week, going 12-for-25 with six runs scored along with a double and her first home run of the season ... Kane currently has a seven game hit streak going with multiple hits in three of her past four games ... Freshman EmJ Fogel (Vienna, Va.) had a solid week for Maine as she hit .375 with four runs scored and three RBI ... Fogel currently leads the Black Bears in average for the season as the freshman catcher is batting .361 ... Maine continues its west coast swing starting with a contest at San Diego State on Tuesday evening before taking part in the Cal State Northridge invitational.
After having a midweek game against Towson postponed one week, UMBC (5-7) hosted the 2012 UMBC Retriever Classic over the weekend… The Retrievers went 3-1 over a span of three days, defeating Princeton, Canisius and Niagara, but falling to Iona in extra innings… Last week’s America East Rookie of the Week, Taylor Hall (Cosby, Va./Cosby), led the Retrievers at the plate, picking up five hits in 14 at-bats (.357) while scoring two runs… Sophomore Caitlin Chance also provided a spark for UMBC, going 4-for-13 (.308), driving in four runs and hitting her first homerun of the year… In the circle, senior Katie Ferguson (Northeast, Md./Northeast/Cecil CC) was dominant for UMBC… In two starts, Ferguson pitched the full 14 innings, including a one-hit shutout of Niagara… The senior registered 13 strikeouts against only two earned runs… Junior pitcher Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) went 1-1 on the weekend, defeating Canisius, but picking up the loss against Iona. Brown posted a 2.00 ERA over her two games which spanned 14 innings… The Retrievers return to action when they travel around the beltway to take on local rival Towson in a make-up game from last week… First pitch between the Retrievers and Tigers is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Stony Brook (5-3) wrapped up its weekend at the GW Colonial Classic with a 3-1 record, defeating Siena, Robert Morris and Army, while falling to Buffalo...the Seawolves pitchers combined for a 1.11 ERA over the weekend as the staff allowed just four total runs in four games, including two shutouts...on Friday, the Seawolves knocked off Siena, 5-2, as freshman pitcher Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif./Irvine) struck out 10 batters...the Seawolves dropped a 3-2 decision to Buffalo in their next game, despite sophomore pitcher Alex Clark (Warsaw, Va./Rappahannock) allowing no earned runs in five innings...Cukrov turned in another dominant performance against Robert Morris on Saturday, throwing a complete-game one-hitter, striking out nine, as the Seawolves won 1-0...Stony Brook capped the weekend with a 12-0 rout of Army on Sunday as sophomore Christine Lucido (Melville, N.Y./Walt Whitman) pitched five shutout innings...Stony Brook scored nine runs in the fourth inning on 10 hits (5 doubles)...five Stony Brook players had multi-hit games against Army...senior Suzanne Karath (Fishkill, N.Y./Ketcham) led the Seawolves with a .417 batting average (5-for-12) over the weekend, including two stolen bases...Stony Brook outscored its opposition 20-4 at the competition...the Seawolves return to action this weekend at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites Spring Break Tournament in Ft. Myers, Fla.