Freshman pitcher Melissa Rahrich prepares for a pitch against Hartford on Wednesday, April 26. Rahrich pitched a five-inning shutout against Farleigh Dickinson before being relieved. MARIE MATSUNAGA/THE STATESMAN

Stony Brook’s hot bats carried over from the midweek contest into Friday’s doubleheader against Fairleigh Dickinson at FDU Softball Field. The team scored 11 runs with eight of the nine players in the starting lineup registering hits. Sophomore designated player Irene Rivera led the offensive assault with four of the Seawolves’ 15 hits in the 11-4 win.

Nursing a one run lead going into the fourth inning, Stony Brook exploded to seven runs on Fairleigh Dickinson sophomore starting pitcher Baylee Ports. However, only three of the runs were earned as the Knights committed several errors in the inning.

Junior left fielder Ileana Torres had two RBIs on her lone hit of the game in the fourth. She hit a slow dribbler to the shortstop who hesitated on making a throw. When the shortstop fielded the ball she first looked home before throwing to first, but she was too late allowing an additional unearned run to cross the plate.  

Rahrich had two hits on the afternoon and had been working a shutout into the fifth inning before making her one mistake of the afternoon in the bottom of the fifth inning.  


FDU sophomore third baseman Reanna Cervantes took Rahrich deep for a grand slam to center field. The hit provided the Knights their only runs in the game.  

The freshman pitched through the rest of the inning and was relieved by sophomore Lindsey Hughes, who finished the game for the Seawolves. She did not surrender a run in her two innings of work. In Hughes’ only at bat of the afternoon, she tacked on an insurance run in the top of the fifth inning.

However, the team’s bats seemed to disappear in the second game of the day.

Stony Brook was unable to break through against Fairleigh Dickinson’s two pitchers in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader, registering just four hits.  The team’s offense struggled to piece any offense together after combining for 22 runs in the prior two games.


Knight’s freshman relief pitcher Irene Herrera tossed an effective five innings, surrendering four hits and picking up four strikeouts in a win out of the bullpen.  The Knight’s pitching kept the Seawolves offense at bay in the 6-0 win.

Freshman left-handed pitcher Taylor Pechin had a hard time against the Knights. She allowed four runs on three walks and eight hits in her five innings on the mound.

The Knights rattled Pechin for two quick runs in the bottom of the first inning putting Stony Brook in an early hole. Senior starting pitcher Cheryl Lopez and junior designated player Jaymee Jackson each had an RBI-single in the inning.  

Sophomore right handed pitcher Lindsey Hughes was called upon in the sixth inning with the game at its tipping point. Cervantes burned the Seawolves once again, this time with a two-run. The hit would bring the game to its final score of 6-0.

Stony Brook failed to get anything going on offense, failing to manufacture any runs. The Seawolves had just five runners reach scoring position in the game.


The closest Stony Brook came to scoring came in the top of the second inning. Lopez, walked the bases loaded with two outs. But it was for naught as freshman left fielder Jourdin Herring grounded out to short, ending the best opportunity to score the Seawolves had.  

Stony Brook’s split of the doubleheader brings the team’s overall record to 13-26.  The team returns to action this Sunday at University Field in a doubleheader against Manhattan College. The first game begins at noon.


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