PATCHOGUE, N.Y. — Behind a gem from sophomore Victoria Mahoney (Allenwood, N.J./Saint John Vianney), the St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) softball team remained in a scoreless deadlock with St. Joseph's College (Long Island), but the Bears suffered a 1-0 defeat in the third extra inning of the opener of their Skyline Conference doubleheader. The 10-inning affair was the longest in program history as Mahoney set a new record for innings pitched (9.1) and fell one strikeout shy of matching the single-game program record.
The Bears managed to get on the board in game two, but the Golden Eagles fired a three-hitter to sweep the doubleheader.
- Final Score: SJC Long Island 1, SJC Brooklyn 0 (Game 1) Long Island 8, Brooklyn 1 (Game 2)
- Location: Patchogue, N.Y.
- Field: SJC Softball Stadium
- Records: SJC Long Island (17-15, 12-4), SJC Brooklyn (14-12, 4-10)
Game 1: SJC Long Island 1, SJC Brooklyn 0 (10 innings)
- SJC Starters: Simon (SS), Rancel (LF), Wainwright (DP), Ferrigno (3B), Gentile (1B), Csikortos (2B), Baglino (C), Rossi (RF), Marino (CF), Mahoney (P)
- Both starting pitchers dazzled throughout holding the offense to a combined seven hits through the end of a scoreless regulation.
- Long Island posed the biggest threat to score in the second leading off the frame with back-to-back doubles to put runners on second and third, but Victoria Mahoney worked herself out of the jam with three straight strikeouts looking.
- After two scoreless extra innings that produced only one hit by the hosts, the 10th inning implemented the tiebreaker rule placing a runner on second base to start each frame.
- The Bears managed to move their runner to third but stranded her there and in the bottom half of the inning the Golden Eagles sacrificed their runner to third and Valerie Scura broke the deadlock knocking a single to left.
- Victoria Mahoney held the Golden Eagles to six hits and one walk over a Bears-record 9.1 innings of work. Her 14 strikeouts fell one shy of the program record. The lone run scored unearned and she is now working on a streak of 26.2 consecutive innings without an earned run.
- Samantha Simon knocked to of the Bears four hits in the contest.
- Amber Wainwright and Maria Gentile collected the other Bears hits.
Game 2: SJC Long Island 8, SJC Brooklyn 1
- SJC Starters: Simon (SS), Rancel (RF), Wainwright (C), Ferrigno (3B), Gentile (1B), Csikortos (2B), Rossi (LF), Kampuries (DP), Marino (CF), Armano (P)
- After the low-scoring affair in the opener, the Golden Eagles opened with four runs in the first and the Bears could never close the gap, held to just three hits in the nightcap.
- All four runs in the first scored unearned and Long Island tacked on two more runs (one earned) in the third.
- The Bears got on the board in the fifth after Paige Csikortos knocked a two-out single, stole second and scored on a Golden Eagle miscue.
- Paige Csikortos finished 1-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base.
- Amber Wainwright singled in the seventh to be the lone Bear to hit successfully in both ends of the doubleheader.
- Kristin Ferrigno also knocked a single in the second.
- Madison Erhardt pitched two scoreless innings in relief, surrendering just one hit.
- Theresa Armano took the loss allowing eight runs (three earned) on six hits, striking out one and walking four.
The Bear Facts
- The 10-inning affair in game one was the longest in program history. The Bears have played four nine-inning games previously, most recently in a 7-5 victory over Old Westbury last season.
- The game one loss was the second extra-inning defeat in 10 days, both in league play.
- With the loss, the Bears fall to 4-10 in conference play and are still playoff eligible with four games remaining in their schedule, but will need additional help in order to qualify for their first Skyline Championships.
Next Up for St. Joseph's
The Bears wrap up the regular season with a pair of home doubleheaders this week. First up on Saturday is SUNY College at Old Westbury in a twin bill starting at 12 p.m. Live stats will be available on SJCBears.com.