A walk-off home run by outfielder Bria Green concluded the Stony Brook softball team’s sweep of a home doubleheader against Fairfield on Wednesday, winning the matchups 7-2 and 4-2.
“We got two good team wins,” Green said.
Despite the lofty score of game one, much of the first game was a pitcher’s duel. Stony Brook’s Allison Cukrov and Fairfield’s Destinee Pallotto each carried shutouts deep into what looked like a low-scoring affair. The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth, when the Seawolves’ bats exploded.
Stony Brook scored seven runs on nine consecutive hits to break the scoreless tie. Some highlights from this monstrous inning include a two-run double by Melissa Phelan, a three-run home run by Allie Pisciotta and RBI hits from Shayla Giosia and Lauren Kamachi. It was, in short, one of the best offensive innings Stony Brook has had this season.
“We just made adjustments and started to drive it,” Green said.
This inning essentially put the game on ice for the Seawolves. Cukrov continued to dominate, allowing just two runs while recording seven strikeouts in seven stellar innings.
“It feels great to know the offense has my back,” Cukrov said. “I just went out there and kept pitching tough.”
In the following game, freshman Maddy Neales started for Stony Brook against Fairfield junior Lauren Falkanger. Neales struggled early, allowing a run in each of her first two innings pitched. She was pulled after the top of the fourth in favor of junior Jane Sallen as Stony Brook trailed 2-0.
After Neales’ day ended, a home run and sacrifice fly from Giosia in the fourth and fifth innings tied the game. On the mound, Sallen controlled the game, allowing just one hit in her three innings of work to keep the game tied.
“Jane did a great job in relief,” Seawolves coach Megan Bryant said.
Going into the seventh and final frame, the game remained tied as Green came to the plate with a runner on second.
“I just wanted to get the win and end the game,” Green said.
And with one swing of the bat, she did just that. Green hit a moonshot to centerfield that ended Stony Brook’s day on a high note. Many spectators were surprised that Fairfield pitched to Green, who came into the day batting .435.
“I was surprised that they pitched to her,” Bryant said. “But I’m happy that they did.”
The wins on Wednesday extended the Seawolves’ win streak to five games. Offensively, Stony Brook has been daunting during the streak, scoring 47 total runs.
“Hitting is contagious,” coach Bryant said. “The players fed off each other, so we we’ve been able to string some hits together.”
The Seawolves will look to get their sixth consecutive win in Hempstead, New York tomorrow, when they travel to Hofstra.