Pioneers Lose on Walk-Off, Drop Pair to Stony Brook

April 26, 2007

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Stony Brook, NY - Kelly Oberto hit a walk-off home run with one out in the bottom of the eighth to lift the Stony Brook softball team to a 4-3 comeback victory over Sacred Heart in game one of a doubleheader on Thursday. The Seawolves won the nightcap, 5-1.

The Pioneers built a 2-0 lead in the top of the second in game one on a two-run double off the bat of sophomore Jessica Perez (Santa Maria, CA). The Seawolves got one run in the bottom of the inning, but Betsy Harvey (Unionville, CT) provided a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to help SHU reopen the two run lead.

Stony Brook clawed there way back into the game against Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA). Oberto kept the Seawolves in the game with a run scoring single to center driving in Kelsi Fanelli in the sixth inning. Stony Brook tied the game in the seventh after a Jamie Downer double, a sacrifice bunt and an infield single from Vicki Kavitsky.

After Molly Kestranek grounded out to lead off the eighth, Oberto hit a towering drive to left field for her first round-tripper of the season. Oberto finished game one, 2-4 with 2 RBI.

Alyssa Struzenberg was phenomenal in relief of starter Sarah Hoffman. Struzenberg went six innings without allowing a hit and struck out 12 for her sixth win of the season.

Sacred Heart's only run in the nightcap came on a sacrifice fly by senior Caitlin Carroll (Los Alamitos, CA) in the top of the third.

The Seawolves used a three-run fourth inning to give take control of game two. Following a lead off double from Samantha Posey, Molly Kestranek reached on error. On the very next pitch, Kestranek stole second. Oberto singled to right driving in Posey for a 2-1 lead. Oberto would steal second during Jade Clare's at-bat. After a fielder's choice in which Oberto went to third, she scored on a passed ball. Stony Brook would make it 4-1 when Jamie Downer tripled home Jade Clare.

The Pioneers host Quinnipiac in a crucial Northeast Conference doubleheader Saturday at Pioneer Park. First pitch is set for 1:00 pm.