A hailstorm spoiled the second game of the Stony Brook softball team’s doubleheader with Fairfield on Saturday, but the Seawolves (14-8) produced more than enough offensive fireworks in game one to tide them over until next time.
In the 13-5 victory, Stony Brook set season highs in runs and hits (18) behind 5-for-5 hitting from right fielder Alyssa Costello. First baseman Lindsey Osmer, second baseman Sofia Chambers and Costello each had three RBIs.
But at this point, no Stony Brook game would be complete without a home run from catcher Corinne Badger. The junior’s 10th home run of the year came on a solo shot in the fourth inning, and she added an RBI single in the fifth to finish 4-for-5.
Badger leads the America East in home runs, RBIs and OPS. No one else in the conference has more than five home runs, and the entire Albany roster only has seven home runs combined.
“We did a lot of good things in game one and had our most productive offensive effort of the season,” head coach Megan T. Bryant said in a press release. “It was great to see everyone contributing and stepping up. Fairfield threw some punches and we punched back. We were able to sustain momentum which was key.”
Pitcher Dawn Bodrug entered the game with her team down 5-1 after pitcher Ashton Melaas gave up five runs in the second inning. She struck out 13 batters and allowed two hits in five innings of work to set up the Seawolves’ comeback.
“Dawn did her job in relief and shut them down,” Bryant said.
Stony Brook needed only one inning to erase the 5-1 deficit. Fairfield (5-12) pulled its pitcher after Osmer hit a 2-RBI single, but that did not prevent Chambers and second baseman Kyra McFarland from also driving in runs to give the Seawolves a 6-5 lead.
With Fairfield left at Bodrug’s mercy, Stony Brook quickly put the game out of reach. Badger, Osmer, Costello
and Chambers all drove in runs on consecutive at-bats in the fifth inning to make it 12-5, even after Fairfield reinstalled original starting pitcher Lauryn Rhinehart during that sequence.
Costello plated Badger with a single in the seventh inning to round out the scoring.
Stony Brook was leading 4-2 in the bottom of the third in game two before the game was delayed and eventually canceled due to the weather.
The Seawolves will look to extend their four-game win streak on Tuesday, March 29 at St. John’s.