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Bearcats swept in DH in polar opposite games

VESTAL, N.Y. – Allison Cukrov fired a one-hit shutout in the opener and got the save in the nightcap, leading Stony Brook (32-15, 15-1 AE) to a sweep over Binghamton (20-23, 9-7 AE) in an America East Conference softball doubleheader on Friday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Seawolves won the opener 1-0 in eight innings and the nightcap 16-10 to claim the conference’s regular-season championship.

The 26 runs in the second game represents the highest scoring game since the Bearcats Sports Complex Softball Facility opened last season. The previous mark was a 14-10 loss to Syracuse on April 4, 2013. The opening game, meanwhile, marked the first 1-0 decision in the facility’s two-year history.

Cukrov, who is now 21-7, won a pitcher’s duel against senior Demi Laney in the opener. She held the Bearcats hitless until the bottom of the seventh inning when freshman Gabby Bracchi had an infield single. At that point, there was still no score but the Bearcats would leave the winning run on second base to end the inning.

Olivia Mintun singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning. Cukrov then set the Bearcats down in order in the bottom of the frame.

Laney, who is now 13-11, allowed just four hits and issued only one walk through eight innings. She also struck out six batters.

In the nightcap, the Seawolves appeared ready to claim a mercy-rule win as they scored eight times in the top of the fifth inning to go up 13-3. Jessica Combs provided the big blow with a three-run home run.

Down to their last out, the Bearcats scored seven runs in the bottom of the frame to pull within 13-10. The Seawolves committed a pair of errors and all of the runs were unearned. Senior second baseman Jessica Bump capped the rally with her second career grand slam.
Following Bump’s grand slam, Cukrov was put in the game to stop the bleeding. She responded by retiring the final seven batters of the game.

Offensively, the Seawolves padded the lead on a two-run double from Nicole Schieferstein in the top of the sixth inning and a RBI single by Alexandra Piscotta one inning later.

Jane Sallen improved to 11-8 with the win while freshman pitcher Annika Weisinger fell to 6-12 with the loss.

Bump finished the day 3-for-6 (.500) while Bracchi was 3-for-4 and drew a pair of walks.

The two teams conclude their weekend series with a noon game on Saturday.

NOTE: Bump’s previous grand slam came against Hartford on April 1, 2012.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)

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