The Seawolves moved to four games over .500, thanks to a pair of wins against Quinnipiac on chilly Thursday afternoon at University Field. Stony Brook swept the double header, winning the first game 5-4 and the second game 6-0. 

Senior Lucido picked up both wins against Quinnipiac. (SARA SUPRIYATNO / THE STATESMAN)
Senior Lucido picked up both wins against Quinnipiac. (SARA SUPRIYATNO / THE STATESMAN)

“I thought our effort in the circle by all three pitchers was real good,” coach Megan Bryant said. “We hit the ball, and all and all it was good day for us.”

In the first game it was senior Gina Bianculli who singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth, which helped Stony Brook take the victory in the opener.

After the Bobcats got on the board with an unearned run in the top of the first, the Seawolves responded quickly with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Junior Nicole Hagerty drove in the first run on a sacrifice fly, and sophomore Bria Green and red shirt junior Jessica Zeilman followed with RBI hits to give Stony Brook a 3-1 advantage.

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Quinnipiac would come back to take the lead, scoring one in the third, and two in the fourth, to take a 4-3 lead. Stony Brook freshman starting pitcher Jane Sallen lasted three and two-thirds innings and gave up three earned runs.

In the fifth inning the Seawolves were able to create a run thanks to junior Jessica Combs. She walked to start the inning, and then stole second. She then advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 4-4.

After the Seawolves took the lead in the sixth, junior Christine Lucido closed out the Bobcats in the top of the seventh, to pick up her eighth win of the season. Lucido pitched three and a third innings in relief without giving up a hit.

Lucido would then start the second game for the Seawolves, and was once again impressive. The junior pitched four scoreless innings, only giving up one hit, to earn her second win of the day.

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“This was one of her best days in a Stony Brook uniform,” Bryant said. “She was on point, she was tough, she was efficient, and she gave us a great effort today.”

Zeilman got Stony Brook on the board, with an RBI double to right-center field in the bottom of the second. Giosia then had a two run double in the next inning to give the Seawolves a 3-0 lead.

Stony Brook would then break the game open with three runs in the fifth. Sophomore Shayla Giosia drew a bases loaded walk to score the fourth run, before Hagerty singled home the fifth run. Giosia then scored on a wild pitch later in the frame to make it 6-0.

Sophomore Alison Cukrov picked up the save, with three scoreless innings in relief.

The Seawolves have now won 13 out of 15, and 7 straight overall. Originally scheduled to travel to Lawrenceville, N.J. on Sunday to play a pair of afternoon games against Rider, the Broncs cancelled with no make-up date.

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Instead, the Seawolves will have a bit of rest before playing a doubleheader at home against Sacred Heart on Wednesday. First pitch is at 2 p.m.

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