This article is a part of the series “Seasons in Review: Stony Brook Seawolves Final Report Card 2009-2010.” To see the rest of the grades or to see when the next sport’s grade will be released, follow this link. Feel free to discuss the article in the comments section below.
Final Record: 32-21-1(10-7 AE)
Final League Standing: 3rd
Fell to Boston University in the America East Championship final
Season Notes: Rough start to year, highlighted (or lowlighted, rather) by winless visit to the NC State Wolfpack Challenege…rebounded by winning five of six in the Stony Brook Invitational…lost two series during the conference season (Boston and Binghamton) and were swept just once (Boston) in conference play…after losing to Maine in the opening game of the tournament, Stony Brook beat Albany and got revenge against the Black Bears before facing Boston in the finals…Seawolves beat the Terriers, 2-0, in game one but couldn’t eliminate them, and Boston won the title in the final game, 4-1.
MVP: Senior pitcher Alyssa Struzenberg
- She was on the cover of The Statesman enough to know that this one is a no-brainer. Struzenberg was phenomenal all year. She shouldered a tremendous amount of the workload for Stony Brook, appearing 38 times (35 starts) and pitching 214.1 innings, more than any other pitcher in the league. Her 1.80 ERA was the best in the league, and she held opponents to a stingy. .170 batting average (also best in the league). She struck out 255 batters (2nd in conference); 87 went down looking (best in conference). She is also the school’s career leader in wins, strikeouts and shutouts.
Senior P Alyssa Struzenberg – ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, America East Woman of the Year finalist, Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Mid-Atlantic Second Team, All-America East First Team
Senior SS Vicki Kavitsky – All-America East First Team
Final Grade: B
This team showed a lot of grit down the line, sticking it out after losing the opening game of the conference championship tournament and forcing the Terriers to a rubber match in the finals. They posted a winning record and landed in a decent finishing position in the league.
As on of the school’s premier athletic programs, softball should win the conference in one way or the other (regular season or playoffs). This team didn’t do that, so it fell short of the highest marks. Next season they will have to fill the rather sizable hole left by Struzenberg as well; it will be interesting to see how the team builds off this season near-hit in the conference tournament.