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Softball goes 1-4 in season-opening tournament

Junior infielder Lexie Shue at bat in a game on April 10, 2016. She hit a solo homerun on Feb. 24 ARACELY JIMENEZ/STATESMAN FILE
Junior infielder Lexie Shue at bat in a game on April 10, 2016. She hit a solo homerun on Feb. 24. ARACELY JIMENEZ/STATESMAN FILE

The Stony Brook softball team made their way down to Madeira Beach, Florida for the Madeira Beach tournament over the weekend. The team was only able to come away with one victory, and lost their other four matchups.

Game One: Detroit 2, Stony Brook 1

All of Detroit’s runs were scored in the second inning. Senior outfielder Cheyenne Willeford scored after sophomore shortstop Courtney Gilbert sent a single into left field.

The second run came after Detroit’s first two batters of the second inning reached base due to a Stony Brook error and a walk, respectfully. After a wild pitch advancing the runners one base, sophomore outfielder Sydney Pollock drove in one run on her single into left.

In the third inning, Stony Brook was able to get a run on the board. Sophomore outfielder Katelyn Corr reached second after singling into left field and advancing on an error. She reached home after junior infielder Caroline Seeberg singled into left field.

These were all the runs both teams could muster and the final score was 2-1 in Detroit’s favor.

Game 2: Stony Brook 3, Manhattan 1

Like the first game, Stony Brook’s opponent got on the scoreboard first. Junior outfielder Shannon Puthe smacked a double down the third base line and later reached third on an error. She was able to make it home on a wild pitch and Manhattan led 1-0.

Senior infielder Lexie Shue tied the game up at 1-1 after she crushed a solo home run over the left field wall. Seeberg added on two more RBIs on the day after she brought home two runners on a one-out double to left center that put the Seawolves up 3-1.

Freshman pitcher and first baseman Melissa Rahrich was pitching in game two and shut down Manhattan. After giving up the one run in the first, she locked in, pitching a complete game while only giving up one run on six hits to couple five strikeouts.

Game 3: Harvard 8, Stony Brook 0

Stony Brook got out to a hot start but was unable to capitalize. They stranded a total of five runners on base through the first two innings, including a bases loaded situation in the first and a two on, one out scenario in the second inning that culminated in a double play.

A double in the third inning from the Crimson brought home two runners and a third run eventually scored due to an error from Seawolves freshman infielder Allyssa Malony, the team’s second error of the game. Sophomore pitcher Lindsey Hughes came in for relief pitching in the fourth, throwing until she was pulled in the sixth after giving up two singles.

Rahrich came in to replace her and gave up another single to load the bases. She hit a batter to bring home one run before giving up two more runs in the inning. Harvard tacked on two more runs an inning later and won the game by a final of 8-0.

Game 4: Kent State 11, Stony Brook 3

Kent State got on the board early, scoring two runs in the second inning thanks to a two-run home run. They were able to score four more runs in the fourth inning, but Stony Brook avoided a worse situation, getting out of the inning with three Kent State runners stranded.

The Seawolves did all of their offensive damage in the third inning. Corr reached second after cracking a double into center field and advanced to third on a Flashers’ error. Sophomore infielder Ally Dabroski brought Corr home after sending a single into center.

Shue got on base after hitting into a fielder’s choice. She eventually made her way home thanks to hits from freshman outfielder Jourdin Hering and Rahrich. Hering made her way home after sophomore catcher Irene Rivera hit a groundout to make it a 6-3 game.

That was all the Seawolves could muster, as the Flashers poured on five more runs in the next four innings to win by a final of 11-3.

Game 5: Eastern Michigan 4, Stony Brook 3

Eastern Michigan was able to score in their first three innings, scoring one run in each. A home run in the first and a sacrifice fly in the second put the Eagles up 2-0 after two innings. Stony Brook would score in the third with senior outfielder Sam Duffy scoring on a fielding error in the third inning, making the score 2-1.

The Eagles would score in the bottom of the third to push the lead to 3-1, before Duffy scored again on an error in the fifth, to help Stony Brook cut its deficit to one. However, the Eagles tacked on one more run in the bottom half of the fifth to go up 4-2.

Stony Brook had fight in them, as Duffy sent a single into center and brought home sophomore outfielder Ileana Torres in the sixth to make the score 4-3. Stony Brook had a chance to tie the game in the seventh, but stranded three baserunners and lost the game 4-3.

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