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Stony Brook Posts 3-1, Comeback Victory Over Lady Flames
Liberty held a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh, before Stony Brook rallied for a 3-1 come-from-behind win over the Lady Flames, Saturday at the 49er Invitational in Charlotte, N.C.
The Seawolves improve to 2-6 on the year, including 2-1 so far this weekend. The Lady Flames are now 2-13, heading into this afternoon's semifinal round.
Stony Brook's Jane Sallen (1-1) earned the win, allowing one run on seven hits in six innings of work, before Allison Cukrov worked a hitless seventh inning for the save.
For Liberty, Annah Jo Brittingham (1-7) drew the loss after yielding three runs on three hits in two innings of relief. Starter Alyssa DiMartino scattered four hits over five innings of shutout softball, striking out two.
Shayla Giosia batted 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs for Stony Brook, while Nicole Schieferstein turned in a two-hit game as well.
Megan Robinson hit 2-for-3 with a stolen base for the Lady Flames. Zavodny stole a base and scored Liberty's lone run, while Sammi Shivock went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Kassidy McCoy doubled while going 1-for-3.
During the bottom of the second, McCoy hit a leadoff double, and went to third on a wild pitch. Robinson singled with one out, putting runners on the corners. After Robinson stole second, Sallen got the final two outs, via groundout and flyout.
DiMartino pitched a three-batter third inning, aided by a 4-3 double play to Robinson.
The Lady Flames took the lead in the bottom of the third. Allen singled with one out, and Zavodny reached on a fielder's choice. Zavodny stole second, and scored when Shivock singled to right, making it 1-0, Lady Flames.
DiMartino worked through a major jam to keep Stony Brook off the board in the fifth. The Seawolves loaded the bases with nobody out. Phelan led off with a double, and went to third on a wild pitch. An error and a single by Schieferstein filled the bags. The next three batters all hit into a fielder's choice, leaving the score at 1-0.
Stony Brook threatened to score during the top of the sixth, with an error and a double by Giosia putting runners on second and third with no outs. Brittingham, playing third base, then came on in relief of DiMartino, retiring the final three batters to keep the shutout intact.
Sallen recorded a 1-2-3 sixth inning, setting up the Seawolves for their last at bat.
Schierferstein bunted for a leadoff single to start the seventh. Olivia Mintum kept the inning alive, hitting a two-out single to left. Brittingham then hit Jessica Combs, and Giosia followed with a bases-clearing triple for a 3-1 Seawolves edge. Brittingham fanned Bria Green for the third out.
Robinson and Katie Han hit back-to-back singles to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Cukrov then relieved Sallen in the circle, striking out Grace Nordan. Blair Lawrence sent both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, before Cukrov got Kelby Allen to pop out, sealing the save.
The Lady Flames will either play at 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. this afternoon, in a semifinal contest.