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    Softball Continues Charge Towards America East Tournament

    The Seawolves are moving right along this season as they rack up some more wins. They are improving their record and playing well. The team has worked well together and has had noteworthy achievements.

    Stony Brook played Iona in New Rochelle, N.Y., on Thursday, April 17. A two-out RBI double in the top of the seventh by junior Kelly Oberto proved to be the difference for Stony Brook as they won 2-1. In game two, sophomore Casey Jacobs went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored and recorded the save, as the Seawolves swept the two-game series with a 6-4 win. The win was Alyssa Struzenberg’s 13th on the season, while Jacobs picked up her third save of the year.

    The team then traveled to Binghamtom for a three game set. The Seawolves pitching staff gave up a total of one run in the series, and they outscored Binghamton 11-1 over the weekend. In the first game of a doubleheader on April 19, Alyssa Struzenberg once again came up with a dominating performance. She pitched a no hitter over seven innings, while striking out ten batters. The offense responded with six runs, and the Seawolves were well on their way to an easy victory..

    Struzenberg, who retired 15 straight batters at one point, allowed only three walks and faced only 24 batters. In the seventh inning, Marissa Fleury led off with a solo shot to centerfield and Kavitsky, who reached on a walk, would eventually score on a wild pitch, finishing the game off 6-0.

    In the second game of the double header, the pitching shined again. The combo of Jacobs and Struzenberg combined on a four hitter. Binghamton picked up its only run of the weekend in the third against Jacobs. The game was tied at one going into the seventh, until a pair of RBI singles by Kelsi Fanelli and Ashley Westphal provided the Seawolves with the final 3-1 margin.

    Struzenberg pitched well again on Sunday, April 20, as Stony Brook concluded the three-game sweep of Binghamton with a 2-0 victory. In the top of the seventh inning, with the game was still scoreless, junior Kelly Oberto earned a leadoff walk. A groundout by senior Ashley Westphal moved Oberto to second and a double to center field by junior Molly Kestranek scored the games first run. Kestranek advanced to third on a wild pitch and was then driven in on a single by junior Kelsi Fanelli. Struzenberg got Binghamton’s first batter to groundout to third and then proceeded to strike out the final two batters to put the game away.

    Struzenberg extended her scoreless inning streak to 23 straight as she shutout the University of Hartford over seven innings on Wednesday, April 23 at University Field. Stony Brook used a two-run third inning to win the game, 2-0. With the win, Struzenberg improved to 17-6 on the season.

    Struzenberg was named America East Pitcher of the Week. This is the second time Struzenberg has been honored by the conference this season with this award.

    On Thursday, April 24, the Stony Brook Athletic Department recognized the team’s two seniors, Ashley Westphal from Huntington Beach, Calif., and Sara Cerrone from Floral Park, N.Y., in a brief ceremony before the game against Fairfield University. The Seawolves lost the game 5-2.

    In a three-game series against Albany on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, Stony Brook lost game one, 5-1 and beat Albany 4-0 in game two. The rubber match on Sunday went Stony Brook’s way. Struzenberg picked up her 18th win of the season in this game and Jacobs got her fourth save. Struzenberg gave up two runs over six innings after a shaky start in the first game of the double header on Saturday.

    Stony Brook is now in third place behind Boston and Albany in the America’s East Standings with a record of 11-7 in the conference. They are 25-18-1 overall. The Seawolves have two non-conference games against Sacred Heart University on Wednesday starting at 3:00 PM.

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