By Najib Aminy
The Stony Brook Women’s Softball team home-ran their way to a 4-2 victory over Albany, also winning the series 2-1 on Sunday, April 27. What appeared a stalemate for the first four innings of the game soon turned to batting practice for juniors Kelsi Fanelli (Audubon, NJ) and Molly Kestranek (St. Mary’s, Ga.) who recorded two homeruns in both the fourth and sixth innings. Fanelli’s homer tied the game 1-1 and Kestranek’s homer provided the game-winning hit driving in three runs.
Sophomore pitcher Alyssa Struzenberg (Cooper City, Fla) pitched six innings recording six strikeouts, allowing only six hits and two runs to score. Struzenberg, who added another check to her ‘win’ column, is now 18-7 for the season. Struzenberg gave up a home run to Albany at the top of the 7th, which made way for sophomore reliever Casey Jacobs (Davie, Fla.). Jacobs earned her fourth save of the season by causing a fielder’s choice out, striking out a batter, and a ground out.
With six hits apiece for Albany and Stony Brook, it was the Seawolves who popped out 21 times to Albany’s 18. Early in the game, Kestranek capitalized on an error turning a single into a triple. Despite this, she was left on base. Amidst the foolish Albany chants, Stony Brook’s final home run silenced Albany as they saw their chances of winning evaporate into the overcast skies above.
Of the three-game series, Albany won the first game 5-1, but were shut out in the second game 4-0. Stony Brook’s record moves to 26-18-1 and 11-7 in conference play whereas Hofstra’s record drops to 26-15 and 13-5 in conference play.
Stony Brook’s next and final home game is a double header on Thursday, May 1 against Manhattan College who are 10-29 for the season starting at 3:00.