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The University at Albany softball team took two out of three against UMBC over the weekend, thanks to some solid pitching and some timely home runs.

UAlbany (21-13 9-4 AE) split their doubleheader on Saturday against UMBC (9-28, 4-9 AE), winning the first game 9-1 before losing in the second game 7-0. On Sunday the Great Danes took the series with a 4-0 victory.

On Saturday, the Great Danes split the doubleheader with UMBC. In the first game, Celeste Verdolivo (11-1) picked up her 11th win of the season pitching a complete game, giving up just one run and only five hits in a 9-1 victory.

Amelia Ely and Chelsea Henige lead the Great Danes on the offensive side. Ely went 2-for-3 with a home run and Henige went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple to go along with two RBIs. Kelly Spear added two doubles on the day for the Great Danes going 2-for-4 as well.

Donna Conrad got the scoring in the first inning drawing a walk with the base loaded to put the Great Danes up 1-0.

The Great Danes got four across in the second inning. Katie Falotico scored the first run on a wild pitch and then McKenzie Bump singled in a run to go up 3-0. Hinge then doubled to left scoring bump, then Hinge herself scored on a wild pitch and the Great Danes were up 5-0.

Ely doubled in the third inning and eventually would come around to score eventually on a wild pitch, 6-0 Great Danes. UMBC put a run across in the third inning to make it 6-1.

Bump led off the top of the fourth inning with a walk and came around to score when Hinge tripled and the Great Danes regained the six-run lead.

In the fifth, Ely smacked a solo shot to put the Great Danes up 8-1. Later in the inning, Spear hit one of her two doubles and that brought home Aliyah Wade, scoring the final run for the Great Danes, making it 9-1.

In the second game, UMBC scored two in the first inning, before finally getting to Devin Durando (3-6) in the fifth inning, scoring five and running away with the game, winning 7-0.

Sunday was all about Freshman pitcher Miranda Jimenez (6-3). Jimenez pitched a four-hit shutout, striking out two over seven innings.

UAlbany got on the scoreboard early with two runs in the first inning. Bump doubled to start and Spear continued her hot weekend with a two-run shot to put the Great Danes up 2-0. In the fourth, Katie Falotico reached on a fielder’s choice before Donna Conrad doubled her home and the Great Danes were up 3-0.

Kelly Barkevich added another insurance run in the sixth inning with a solo blast down the right-field line, putting the Great Danes up for good, 4-0.

“I like the way we responded [Sunday] after a bad loss in the second game [Saturday].” Coach Cantanna said after the game. “Maranda pitched a great game against a really good hitting team. We need to keep fine-tuning things in practice and continue to get to where we need to be for the conference tournament.”

Up next, the Great Danes will host Binghamton on Wednesday, April 25 at Albany Field at 3 p.m.

Elijah Casper is a sports reporter for the Albany Student Press and co-anchor on ATV 360.

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