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    Softball Endures Tough Schedule, Stays Above .500

    In 2007, Coach Bryant led Stony Brook to a 28-20 record, its best overall record in the school’s Division I history. Five Seawolves were named to the America East All-Conference team. With four of those players returning, the Seawolves hope to build on last year’s success.

    On Wednesday, April 2, the Stony Brook women’s softball team went to Fordham and won 4-2. Sophomore Alyssa Struzenberg threw a complete game for Stony Brook, leading the Seawolves to their thrilling victory at Bahoshy Field in Bronx, N.Y.

    The Seawolves started off strong in the top of the second inning with a double to right-centerfield by junior Marissa Fleury. Junior Kelsi Fanelli continued the hitting with a single up the middle to put runners on the corners, for sophomore Vicki Kavitsky, Stony Brook’s shortstop, lined a pitch to right-centerfield for a bases-clearing triple, giving her team a 2-0 lead. It didn’t take long for the Seawolves to score again as the next hitter, junior Kelly Oberto singled, driving in Kavitsky. Oberto scored two batters later on a groundout by sophomore Crista Cerrone.

    Thursday, April 3, Stony Brook had a double header at home against Rutgers in which they won the first game 10-5 and lost the second game 2-1. Vicki Kavitsky went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs as the Stony Brook Seawolves topped Rutgers, 10-5 in game one. In game two, both teams were quiet offensively, until Kavitsky hit her second home run of the season over the right-centerfield wall, giving Stony Brook a 1-0 lead. However, Rutgers came from behind with two runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull in front by the final score of 2-1.

    Saturday, April 5 had another double header on the home field against Boston University. Unfortunately, Stony Brook fell in both games with scores of 1-0 and 2-0. Alyssa Struzenberg put forth a dominating performance in the circle over the first four innings of game one. Struzenberg began the game by striking out nine of the first 12 batters she faced. Game two featured some great pitching as well, as the two teams combined for just eight hits. Freshman Colleen Matthes and Marissa Fleury led the Seawolves offensively in game two with two hits.

    Stony Brook bounced back by winning their third game against Boston on Sunday, by a score of 2-1. Alyssa Struzenberg pitched all eight innings for the Seawolves, striking out nine batters while picking up her 10th win of the season. Marissa Fleury hit a walk-off RBI single to right-centerfield in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Stony Brook a 2-1.

    In their most recent series, the lady Seawolves split a double header against Hartford Wednesday. They continue their demanding season on Saturday,’ against UMBC for a weekend three-game showdown.

    Stony Brook is currently 16-15-1 and in sixth place in the America East Standings. Boston University remains in first place with a record of 18-12-0.

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