Red-Hot Danes Keep on Rollin’
The Dane Train has no sign of slowing down. The University at Albany softball team (18-10, 7-1 AE) began their season in late February with a rocky start; losing to big names such as Purdue and Georgetown.
However, those cold February games hardly reflect the season these Danes have had.
Between March 22 and April 10, they had went 10-3 with an impressive five-win streak. During that streak, the Great Danes were able to defeat conference foes UMBC, Hartford, Binghamton, and Stony Brook, respectively.
The Lady Danes are currently second in the America East standings, trailing just first place UMass Lowell, who leads the conference with an 8-0 record and a 12 game win streak.
One year ago, after winning the 2018 America East championship and advancing to the NCAA tournament, UAlbany was knocked out of the double-elimination style tournament by Oregon and BYU.
This 2019 squad shows that same promise. With three weeks of regular season play before heading to the playoffs, the Great Danes are surely going to bark up a storm.
Leading the charge for UAlbany is sophomore Katie Falotico. Last season, Katie started in 44 out of 48 games, ending the season with an impressive .325 average and 37 hits.
Now, with more than a month remaining in the season and only 27 games played, Falotico has established her at-bat talent with a .379 average and 33 hits.
Batting behind Falotico is senior Sarah Petzhold with a batting average of .337 and an impressive fielding percentage of .953 as an outfielder. Batting third is Maranda Jimenez who’s 11 hits in 34 at-bats gives her an average of .324.
The UAlbany Softball’s success cannot rely solely on how well they do at the plate. Fielding is a large part of the game. Luckily they have 2018 America East softball pitcher of the year, Celeste Verdolivo. In the 2019 season, Verdolivo has contributed to 12 of UAlbany’s 17 wins and only lost three.
With precision accuracy, she has stuck out 45 times and only walked a total of 27 players this season. Against all of the UAlbany pitchers, opponents only have a .241 batting average against the Great Danes while they average .271 against opponents.