Curtiss’ Walk Off Double Leads Bulls To Win Over Stony Brook
WASHINGTON, DC – Freshman catcher Alexis Curtiss led the University at Buffalo softball team to its second straight win, hitting a two-run walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh to lead the Bulls to a 3-2 victory over Stony Brook. The win improves UB's record to 4-8 on the season.
It was a great pitching matchup as UB starter Holly Johnson pitched a scoreless game into the fifth. However, Stony Brook was just as stingy on the mound as neither team scored over the first three innings, despite the Bulls loading the bases with no outs in the second.
UB got on the board first in the bottom of the fourth as junior Jessica Griffin scored from second following a Stony Brook error. The Seawolves than responded by scoring two in the top of the fifth to take a 2-1 lead. Stony Brook threatened to extend the lead in the top of the seventh as it put runners on first and second with nobody out, but UB went to the bullpen and Tori Speckman retired the next three batters, setting up the bottom of the seventh.
Sophomore Rebecca Griswold was called off the bench and got the inning going with a lead off pinch hit single. She was replaced on the bases by freshman Karly Nevez, who stole second. However, Nevez would be thrown out at third on a fielder's choice from Holly Luciano. Luciano then stole second with one out and junior Alyssa Ward was hit by a pitch, giving the Bulls the winning run on first. Curtiss, one of three freshmen on the team, then came up and hit a shot to left center field, scoring Luciano and Ward, and giving the Bulls the walk off victory.
"This win was a total team effort," said head coach Jen Teague. "I thought Holly pitched tremendous for us and Becca continues to give us some big hits off the bench. This team fought for seven innings and I am extremely proud of them."
Five different players recorded hits for the Bulls, including senior Kristin Waldron, who moved into a second place tie for career hits with 164. Curtiss, who hit her first career home run yesterday, had two more runs batted in and now leads the team with nine.
The Bulls will conclude play at Colonial Classic tomorrow when they face Robert Morris at 11:00 am.