Bryant Softball Splits Doubleheader With Stony Brook
Bryant University Press Release
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Behind a strong outing from sophomore pitcher Hayley Bottino (Canyon Country, Calif.), the Bryant University softball split a doubleheader with Stony Brook, dropping Game 1, 2-0, before coming back to win Game 2, 8-2, Sunday afternoon on Senior Day.
Senior Taylor Bell (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) led the Bulldogs (28-19) with a trio of hits to go along with two runs scored and an RBI against the Seawolves (30-15) Sunday at Conaty Park.
In the first leg of the doubleheader, Stony Brook hurler Allison Cukrov was nearly perfect leading her team to a 2-0 victory, while allowing only four hits in seven innings.
The two teams stood scoreless for the first three innings of play as hits on both sides were hard to come by. In the top of the fourth, Stony Brook’s Bria Green smashed a two-run shot down the left field line, scoring Jessica Zeilman and breaking the scoreless tie.
That was all Cukrov needed as the junior was dialed in, striking out eight Bulldogs on the day. Bryant pitcher Elle Madsen (Wheat Ridge, Colo.) was equally impressive aside from the lone mistake, allowing the two runs on four hits to go along with six Ks.
“In Game 1 we let our emotions from the day get in the way of our goal,” said Bryant head coach Shayne Lotito. “Elle [Madsen] was solid in the circle, but our bats just weren’t alive. Cukrov was terrific for them and got the job done, but going forward we need to do a better job at channeling emotions during crucial moments.”
Game 2 brought on more offense for the Black and Gold as the hosts exploded for a six-run third inning en route to a 8-2 victory.
After a pedestrian first inning, the Bulldogs got on the board first in the bottom of the second thanks to an RBI triple from senior Lauren Guy (La Habra, Calif.), scoring Bell to give Bryant the 1-0 edge.
In the following inning, a Liana Ogata (Tustin, Calif.) leadoff walk sparked a six-run inning for Bryant, upping the advantage to seven, 7-0. After the Ogata walk, seniors Kendall Corder (Carmichael, Calif.) and Aubrey Mable (Aurora, Colo.), and junior Madeline Velasquez (Los Angeles, Calif.) each registered RBI doubles to put the Bulldogs up 4-0. Madsen followed suit with a single through the right side, setting up Bell for an RBI base knock to score Velasquez. Guy and senior Kristen Carter (Branchville, N.J.) also picked up RBIs before the inning was over.
In the top of the fourth, Green struck again for the Seawolves, sending another shot over the left field fence to bring the visitors within five, 7-2. However it was not enough as a Mable solo shot in the bottom half of the inning cemented the 8-2 victory for Bryant.
Bottino was sharp throughout, allowing just the Green homer on six hits and seven innings pitched to pick up her second victory of the season.
“In Game 2 we were able to refocus,” added Lotito “The whole lineup was productive at the plate and Hayley [Bottino] was terrific, holding a very good team to only two runs.”
Looking ahead, the Bulldogs will host Providence on Wednesday (4 p.m.) and Maine on Friday (2/4 p.m.) before preparing for the Northeast Conference Tournament which is set to commence on Thursday, May 8 in Smithfield.
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