The Stony Brook softball team relapsed after a successful outing last week, losing both games against the America East Conference-leading UMass Lowell River Hawks Saturday afternoon.
UMass Lowell maintained a successful offensive rhythm to power the team over the Seawolves, beginning with the first game Saturday afternoon. The River Hawks got on the board first in the second inning after neither team was able to drive home a run in the first. Freshman catcher Sara Siteman broke the scoreless tie with a solo home run over the right-centerfield wall to give the River Hawks a lead they would not surrender.
The River Hawks added to the lead in the bottom of the fourth after they began the inning with a leadoff walk. Freshman first baseman Maria Moccio drove in senior pinch runner Colleen Frank with an RBI single to right field to extend the lead by two runs. Senior designated hitter Vanessa Cooper hit a sacrifice fly the following at-bat to score freshman pinch runner Olivia Labbe and extend the River Hawks’ lead to 3-0.
UMass Lowell added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth after Cooper hit a sacrifice fly to drive in her second runner of the game and increase the lead to 4-0. Stony Brook attempted to mount a comeback after sophomore third baseman Riley Craig singled to centerfield in the top of the seventh inning. Freshman pitcher Lovina Capria held Craig at first and completed the game with the first UMass Lowell complete game shutout of the afternoon.
The start of the second Saturday afternoon game was nearly identical to the first. UMass Lowell sophomore shortstop Courtney Cashman launched a home run over the right field wall to take a one-run lead. Junior designated hitter Sydney Barker drove a pitch over the right field wall for a solo home run to give the River Hawks a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Cooper added another run for the River Hawks when she drove in Moccio with a double later in the inning.
The River Hawks increased their lead on Cashman’s second home run of the game to extend the lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the third. Three consecutive batters reached base after the home run for UMass Lowell before Stony Brook was able to record an out. Moccio took advantage of the Seawolves struggles, hitting a two-run single to left field to extend the lead 6-0.
Stony Brook struggled both defensively and offensively during the game, being held hitless until sophomore pitcher Melissa Rahrich singled up the middle in the top of the fourth. The hit was one of only two the Seawolves recorded in the game, with the other being Craig’s single in the top of the sixth. Junior pitcher Kaysee Talcik completed the game without allowing a runner past first base and recording five strikeouts in a 6-0 victory for the River Hawks.
Both teams were scheduled to face off Sunday afternoon; however, inclement weather forced the game to be cancelled. Stony Brook is now 7-6 in the America East conference after dropping both games to the top-ranked River Hawks, who improved to an impressive 12-2 conference record. The Seawolves are in fourth place in front of the 7-9 UMBC Retrievers, who will close out the season against Stony Brook.
Stony Brook currently poses an overall record of 19-19 and a interconference record of 7-6, which places the team fourth in the standings. The Seawolves will wrap up their final road game of the regular season when they travel to South Orange, New Jersey to take on Seton Hall on Tuesday, May 1. The first pitch is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.