The momentum from Stony Brook University softball team’s first game of the season may have been diminished by its second.
SBU (1-1) kicked off its season on the right foot with a 3-1 victory over Saint Joseph’s University Hawks (1-1) at the Charlotte Invitational in North Carolina on Friday before falling to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 49ers (6-0) 10-1 in five innings in the second game.
Senior pitcher Jane Sallen was dominant on the mound for the Seawolves in their victory, giving up only one run on five hits in seven innings.
Senior Alexandra Pisciotta scored the first run of the season for SBU when she opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning with a home run.
“We played a solid game in our opener,” Head Coach Megan Bryant said in a press release by the Stony Brook University Athletic Department. “We were solid defensively for it being our first time on dirt and [Sallen] battled to keep them off the scoreboard.”
SBU added a run in the fifth inning when senior Patty Borges hit an RBI single to drive in junior Lexie Shue to make it 2-0.
The teams traded runs in the sixth inning, but Sallen was able to close out the game in the seventh to earn the Seawolves their first win of the season.
The second game did not go in the Seawolves’ favor from the get-go. The tournament-host Charlotte scored five runs off of sophomore pitcher Maddy Neales in the first inning.
Senior Melissa Phelan hit a fourth inning home run to supply Stony Brook’s only offense in the second game to make it 8-1, but it proved to be too little too late.
Senior Lexi Betancourt earned her fourth win of the season for Charlotte. She picked up five strikeouts in five innings and only allowed one run on two hits.
“We have to play better in game two, especially against a good Charlotte team,” Bryant said. “We are pleased with a split on our first day and are excited to get back at it tomorrow.”
The Seawolves open up Feb. 20 with another game against Charlotte before playing Presbyterian College (2-2).