MacFawn flirts with perfection
By Phil Joseph
It certainly has been a week to remember for University at Albany Softball pitcher Brittany MacFawn. The Great Danes swept Hartford in their home and America East Conference opener at Albany Field on Friday, March 29 and also earned a win over their cross-town rival Siena Saints in non-conference action on Thursday, April 4. The junior from Orlando, Fla. highlighted the first of the two games against Hartford, pitching her third career no-hitter in a 1-0 win.
MacFawn fanned 10 hitters in the win. She walked none and was a hit-batter and passed ball away from a perfect game. Following the 1-0 win over Hartford, the Danes would go on to sweep the series over the Hawks with a 9-4 victory in the second game of the doubleheader and winning the third game of that set, 2-1. MacFawn threw another complete game in that win, walking none and striking out nine.
“I feel pretty excited,” MacFawn said about the no-hitter against Hartford. “It’s not every day that you get to pitch a no-hitter, so I’m excited about that.”
MacFawn followed up with another outstanding performance, as she was within one out of throwing her second no-hitter in three games and her second career perfect game.
The Great Danes took home their 11th straight win, which ties a Division I program record. With 6.2 innings in the books, MacFawn had shortstop Shannon Jones down to her final strike when the senior hit a double to the centerfield fence. She was not fazed by that hit—as she went on to get the complete game shutout.
“Brittany shut them down today,” said head coach Chris Cannata after the win over Siena. “Shannon [Jones] is Siena’s top hitter, not who we were hoping to see for the last out today. Regardless, Brittany is pitching at the top of her game right now.”
UAlbany scored all three of their runs early in the contest. Senior catcher Lindsey Stout opened up the scoreboard with an RBI double to right center in the second inning, driving in junior Charlise Castro.
Two more were added off the bat of freshman shortstop Maggie Cocks in the third. She cleared the bases with a two-run RBI single in the third inning, giving the Great Danes a 3-0 lead. That was all the run support MacFawn would need. With that win, she improved to 9-5 on the season.
MacFawn is no stranger to throwing such performances. In 2011, she threw back-to-back no-hitters. One was a perfect game in a conference win over Binghamton and she would follow that with a no-hitter against Colgate. Last year, she threw three consecutive one-hitters, two of which were perfect games into the seventh inning, much like her effort against Siena this past Thursday. She also pitched a one-hitter in a complete game win over Butler back on March 15.
In high school, she compiled a career record of 70-12 with 773 strikeouts and an era of 0.83 along with six career no-hitters and three perfect games.
Four of those no-hitters— two of which were perfect games—came in her senior year, while posting a 23-3 record that year. She was an instrumental factor in leading Timber Creek to the District and Metro Championships for three consecutive years.
What matters to MacFawn the most, though, is the overall team success. The Danes went off to a shaky 0-5 start this season, but has really come along by winning 16 of their last 18 games.
“We’re definitely coming together as a team,” she said. “That comes from traveling together as well as focusing in every practice and it working out well for us.”