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Stony Brook hits four homers in tourney opener

The Stony Brook softball team began the America East Tournament with a power surge, hitting four home runs in a 6-4 win over Albany on Friday at Boston University.

Nicole Hagerty went 3-for-3 with two homers and three RBIs. Hagerty's two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth gave Stony Brook (36-15-1) a 6-4 lead.

Lauren Maloney and Jessica Combs also homered for second-seeded Stony Brook, which will face top-seeded Boston University at 11 a.m. Saturday in the winner's bracket. The Terriers defeated fourth-seeded Maine, 3-2, in the first game of the day.

Despite walking 11, Allison Cukrov picked up her 25th win. She allowed three hits and three earned runs, striking out five.

Third-seeded Albany (34-13) opened a 3-1 lead before Stony Brook tied it in the fourth on home runs by Hagerty, who crushed a pitch just inside the leftfield foul pole, and Combs. Maloney reached on an error and scored on another error as the Seawolves took a 4-3 lead.

Lauren Alcorn's RBI single in the fifth tied the score at 4 before Hagerty hit the deciding two-run homer to left-center.

Cukrov walked home two runs in the first before escaping a none-out, bases-loaded jam. Maloney's homer in the second brought Stony Brook within 2-1.

Stony Brook outhit the Great Danes 9-3 and scored five earned runs against Albany starter Brittany MacFawn (19-5).

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