STONY BROOK, N.Y. – UMBC softball’s freshman right fielder Danielle O'Neill(Loathian, Md./Southern) went 3-for-4 from the dish in an America East doubleheader against Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon at University Field, but it was not enough as the Retrievers dropped both contests, falling 8-0 in five innings in game one and 8-1 in game two.
UMBC (8-24, 1-4 AEC) has dropped three in a row heading into tomorrow’s series finale at 11 a.m. at University Field. The Seawolves (16-15, 3-2 AEC) have won four straight.
Stony Brook broke opened a scoreless affair with a four-run bottom of the third inning in game one. Olivia Mintun started things off with a two-out single up the middle and Shayla Giosia added a hit into left field. Nicole Hagerty walked the bases loaded and Bria Green connected on the grand slam into left field to put the Seawolves out in front, 4-0.
SBU extended its lead in the fourth, Gina Bianculli singled down the left field line and was moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt from Nicole Schieferstei. Alexandra Pisciotta added a single up the middle to score Bianculli from second. A one out single from Mintun, followed by back-to-back walks cued the exit of UMBC starting pitcher Rachel Ionata (Tampa, Fla./Palm Harbor University) and giving the Seawolves a 6-0 lead.
Stony Brook added a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game because of the eight-run rule. Jessica Zeilman reached on a fielding error and advanced to second on an infield single from Bianculli. After the Retrievers retired two straight batters, but Jessica Combs sent an RBI-single into center field to score pinch runner Brianne Iannetti and Bianculli scored on the next at bat on a wild pitch to end the contest.
Ionata (1-6) took the loss, allowing six earned runs on six hits in 3.2 innings, while sophomore Miranda Clark (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) came in for one inning of relief and surrendered two unearned runs. Allison Cukrov (6-8) earned the shutout victory and finished with eight strikeouts.
In game two, it was UMBC that struck first, as O’Neill led off the top of the second inning with a single down the left field line. A foul out to left field from sophomore Courtney Reinfeld (Parkland, Fla./Stoneman Douglas) advanced O’Neill to second and an infield single for freshman Jane Pardo (Malverne, N.Y./Sacred Heart) put runners on first and second. A double down the right field line from junior Kayla Martinez (Odenton, Md./Arundel) scored the Retrievers’ first run of the afternoon and gave the black and gold a 1-0 lead. UMBC had runners on second and third, but were unable to cash in further in the inning.
Stony Brook evened the score at one in the bottom of the third, as a single to center field and a wild pitch put Bianculli on second base. Kellie Reynolds bunted for a single to put runners on first and third, but sophomore catcher Alex Zelaski (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) was able to get the Retrievers’ first out of the inning by throwing out Reynolds as she tried to steal second. Starting pitcher Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) got Pisciotta to pop up to second base for two outs, but Combs followed with a single into left field to score Bianculli from third.
UMBC’s defense fell apart in the fourth inning and the Seawolves were there to take advantage. The Retrievers picked up one of its two errors in the inning on the second at bat of the frame and was unable to recover as Stony Brook went on to score seven runs on seven hits, leading to its 8-1 victory.
Brown (5-9) allowed 10 hits and seven earned runs in the loss, while Clark threw 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. Christine Lucido (7-1) threw the complete game victory, surrendering one earned run.