STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The Holy Cross softball team traveled to Stony Brook on Saturday to take on the Seawolves in its first action since returning from the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. The Crusaders struggled in game one of the doubleheader falling 7-0 in a no-hit performance by Stony Brook pitcher Allison Cukrov. Holy Cross began the second game with a lead-off home run by sophomore Alex Gustafson (Medford, Mass.), but was unable to hold the lead and suffered a 10-1 loss in five innings.
Stony Brook got off to a quick start in game one when Suzanne Karath led off the bottom of the first inning with a triple to right center field. The next batter, Shayla Giosia, singled in Karath to give the Seawolves the 1-0 lead. Holy Cross sophomore pitcher Julia Barrett (Gardner, Mass.) was able to hold Stony Brook scoreless through the second and third innings, but gave up two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth. Stony Brook registered its second triple of the game in the bottom of the fifth by Lauren Maloney, scoring Giosia who had reached on a single to the left side. Junior Jenna Legros (Sandy Hook, Conn.) entered the circle for the Crusaders in the bottom of the sixth inning, giving up two runs on two hits to bring the Seawolves' advantage to 7-0. Barrett suffered her sixth loss of the season, pitching five innings and allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out four.
The Crusaders' best scoring chance came in the top of the fourth when senior Gwen Reimer (Pottsville, Pa.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and moved into scoring position by stealing second base. Cukrov retired the next three batters in order to keep Holy Cross off the scoreboard. Cukrov pitched seven complete innings, facing 23 batters and allowing no runs on no hits. She walked one and struck out 10 to improve her record to 5-4 on the season.
Gustafson batted in the lead-off spot for the first time this year in game two and tried her best to jump start the Crusader offense by launching her first home run of the season. Stony Brook responded in the bottom of the first with two runs on three hits off starting freshman pitcher Tori Cheske (Thomaston, Conn.). The Seawolves plated runners in every inning including putting five runs on the board in the bottom of the third. Bernadette Tenuto led off with a home run and Stony Brook took advantage of three Crusader errors in the inning.
Holy Cross began the top of the fourth with back-to-back singles by Reimer and junior Sam Fregenti (Melville, N.Y.) but was unable to capitalize as Stony Brook starting pitcher Taylor Chain was able to get out of the jam. Senior Camille Trainor (Worcester, Mass.) entered in relief of Cheske in the bottom of the fourth inning but gave up two hits, including a two-run home run to Gina Bianculli, giving Stony Brook the 10-1 lead. Chain retired the Crusaders in order in the top of the fifth to end the game and bring her record to 2-1 on the season, allowing one run on four hits and striking out seven. Cheske took the loss and fell to 0-3, giving up eight runs (five earned) on nine hits and striking out three. Stony Brook improved its record to 12-6 overall this season.
Holy Cross (2-12) will return to the field on Thursday, March 22, when it travels to Central Connecticut for a 4:00 p.m. contest.