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Stony Brook Records 11-2 Win Over Liberty
Stony Brook downed Liberty, 11-2, in five innings, during a consolation game at the 49er Invitational, Sunday at Charlotte's Phillips Softball Complex.
With the win, the Seawolves' record advances to 3-7, after going 3-2 this weekend. The Lady Flames are now 2-15, and have sustained 10 straight setbacks.
Stony Brook's Allison Cukrov (2-5) earned the victory, allowing two runs on five hits, while striking out five and walking two.
Annah Jo Brittingham (1-8) yielded six runs (three earned ) on five hits, walking four in two innings. Alyssa DiMartino pitched the final two innings, giving up five runs, three earned on four hits.
Olivia Mintun batted 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs for the Seawolves, while Melissa Phelan hit 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored.
For Liberty, Megan Robinson hit a two-run homer, while Katie Zavodny went 1-for-2 with two stolen bases and one run scored. Four out of Liberty's five hits went for extra bases, as Kelby Allen, Katie Han and Hanna Nichols all recorded doubles.
The Seawolves scored six times during the bottom of the first, as the first five batters all crossed the plate. After Jessica Combs came home on a double steal play. Phelan stroked a bases-loaded, RBI single up the middle. Kellie Reynolds followed with a sacrifice fly, and Bria Green scored on a throwing error. Stony Brook plated two more on a double from Caruso, before a leaping catch by Lawrence ended the inning.
Nichols doubled with one out in the top of the second, followed by a walk to Brittingham. Cukrov got the final two batters to pop out and strike out.
During the third frame, Zavodny hit a one-out infield single, and swiped second. She went to third on a passed ball, but was left there on a groundout by Allen.
DiMartino relieved Brittingham after a leadoff walk in the bottom of the third. She proceeded to retire the next five batters in order, including two fourth-inning hitters.
Liberty sent another runner into scoring position in the fourth. Han led off with a double, and advanced to third on a groundout by DiMartino. Cukrov kept the Lady Flames off the board, getting McCoy to fly to right.
Stony Brook added two runs with a fourth-inning, two-out rally, boosting its lead to 8-0. The Lady Flames got on the board in the top of the fifth. After two outs, Zavodny walked and stole second. Robinson then hit a two-run shot to left, bringing Liberty to within six, 8-2. Allen followed by doubling, and then Cukrov struck Han out.
Stony Brook ended the game via run rule with a bases-clearing, three run triple by Mintun with nobody out in the bottom of the fifth.
The Lady Flames next head to Norman, Okla., where they will compete in a tournament hosted by defending national champions, No. 13/20 Oklahoma. While in Norman from Friday through Sunday, Liberty will face the host Sooners, along with No. 21 Tulsa and Western Illinois.