Hunter Wins First CUNYAC Softball Championship Since 2008 -

Hunter Wins First CUNYAC Softball Championship Since 2008

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (May 8, 2022) – For the first time since 2008, the Hunter College Hawks are CUNYAC Softball Champions, defeating John Jay College in a best-of-three series at Brooklyn College. The championship series was broadcasted globally on Facebook Live.
Due to the inclement weather in the region all weekend, day two of the 2022 CUNYAC/Pepsi Softball Championship was postponed. As a result of the postponement and the requirement to submit a conference champion to the NCAA prior to Sunday’s selection show, the remainder of the tournament has become a best-of-three series between the top two seeds, Hunter and John Jay. This is a result of each team winning its respective first round contests to advance to the winner’s bracket of the championship. 
Hunter turned in a gutsy performance, battling back in each game to take two of three contests against John Jay to win the conference championship for the first time in 14 years and the 13th time in program history. With the series victory, the Hawks earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Softball Championship. The NCAA Tournament is set to take place from May 26-31 in Salem, Va. The tournament field will be revealed during the NCAA selection show on Monday, May 9 at 1:00 pm on
“A gutty performance today. Down all three games, and we kept coming back, kept crawling. This one is for the 2020 and 2021 kids. This was special,” said Hawks head coach Ralph Moroni.
Alyssa Curiale was named the championship’s Most Valuable Player. She finished with six hits, four RBI and three runs scored along with drawing a pair of walks. Curiale also spent time in the circle, earning the win in the decisive third game.

Alyssa Curiale (Hunter) – 2022 CUNYAC Softball Championship MVP

Game 1: Hunter 11, John Jay 9 – Box Score
Hunter found themselves down five runs through three innings but battled back with a seven-run bottom of the third to hold a 7-5 edge.
John Jay briefly regained the lead with a four-run fourth inning, but Hunter fired back with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame to own a 11-9 lead.
Hunter allowed just two hits over the final three innings thanks to strong pitching from Leah Dillon as the Hawks went on to take game one of the series.
Game 2: John Jay 11, Hunter 9 – Box Score
With their backs against the wall to stave off elimination, the Bloodhounds plated nine runs in their first three innings at bat.
Hunter shrunk the margin to five with a four-run fourth inning, but John Jay answered with a run in the fourth and fifth innings. The Hawks continued to chip away, getting within two runs with a four-run sixth. However, John Jay held on for an 11-9 victory to force a decisive third game.
Game 3: Hunter 8, John Jay 6 – Box Score
Hunter rallied back from a 6-2 deficit with a six-run fifth inning. The Hawks scored all six of their runs in the frame with two outs in the field, as the scoring was fueled by a critical miscue from the Bloodhounds. Hunter proceeded to record a RBI base hit on each of its next three at-bats, capped by a two-run triple from Kayla Pilotti.
Curiale put the game away for Hunter, surrendering only one hit over the final two innings of play to secure the championship for the Hawks.

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