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    Softball Ties It Up

    The Seawolves split a doubleheader with Maine on Saturday, losing the first game 10-5. They came back in game two, however, with an exciting 7-2 victory after a well-rounded team performance.

    There were no runs scored during the first three innings of game one. Maine got three runs in the top of the fourth inning because of a walk and three singles. But the Seawolves countered in the bottom of the inning. It started off with a few well hit singles, by junior Kelly Oberto and sophomore Kendall Blumenthal.

    Senior Sara Cerrone was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Senior Ashley Westphal hit a sacrifice fly to right field and to drive in Stony Brook’s first run of the game. After sophomore Vicki Kavitsky was also hit by a pitch, juniors Kelsey Fanelli and Marissa Fleury hit consecutive RBI singles to put the Seawolves on top with a lead of 4-3.

    Stony Brook added to its lead in the sixth inning by gathering an unearned run, but Maine came right back in the top of the seventh with a two run homer off starter Alyssa Struzenberg that tied the game at a score of 5-5. The Seawolves were not able to score in the bottom of the seventh inning, which sent the game into extra innings. In the top of the eighth, Maine took advantage with four hits and one error to score five times and leap ahead 10-5. The Seawolves managed only one runner on base in the bottom of the inning, then finally concede the first contest to Maine, the visitors first of the season.

    In game two, Marissa Fleury went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s to lead Stony Brook to a 7-2 victory. The Seawolves got the lead early with a two-run homer by Fleury in the bottom of the first inning. Maine cut into the lead with a run in the third inning, but junior Molly Kestranek led off the fourth inning with a double, which was followed by a single to center field by Oberto. A sacrifice fly by Cerrone later in the inning put the Seawolves up three.

    The Seawolves scored two more in the fifth inning after a double by Fleury and then a bases loaded walk by Oberto. A solo-homer by Kavitsky was the final run for the Seawolves in their 7-2 victory. Sophomore Casey Jacobs pitched four innings for her second win of the year.

    The Seawolves dropped the final game of the series against the now 2-29 Blackbears in another extra inning thriller on Sunday.

    Maine was able to knock out Stony Brook starter Alyssa Struzenberg in the third inning with a five run barrage. They added a sixth run in the fifth inning to extend their lead to 6-1. But the Seawolves battled back in the bottom of the innings, scoring five of their own to tie the game, highlighted by a grand slam by Molly Kestranek.

    The game remained tied at six until the top of the twelfth inning. After sophomore Casey Jacobs kept the Seawolves in the game with six and a third of one run pitching, freshman Colleen Matthes faltered in her third inning of work. Maine’s Terren Hall took Matthes deep with one out, and gave the Blackbears their final margin of victory. The Seawolves were able to put two runners on base, but the game ended on a fielders choice groundout by Fluery.

    Stony Brook now stands at 12-11-1 on the season while Maine is 2-29. The Seawolves host Rutgers for a doubleheader on Tuesday, Apr. 1. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

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