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Softball At UMBC For Final Weekend

ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany softball team departed Albany for Baltimore Thursday to play in the final regular-season series against UMBC.  Three of UAlbany’s seven scheduled games this week had been cancelled, continuing the trend that has plagued the Danes, and the other teams in the Northeast, all season.

UAlbany (26-10, 11-3) faces its final America East opponent in UMBC (31-17, 8-6).  Barring something cataclysmic, the Danes have locked up a second or third seed in the America East tournament, a functional equivalency because they’d likely play the same opponent in either position.  The team’s 11-3 conference record currently stands second behind Stony Brook, who is 13-1.  Binghamton is third at 9-5, and UMBC is fourth at 8-6.  Stony Brook plays at Binghamton in this final weekend.

The conference shifted the original game scheduled one day earlier, in the event Sunday is needed as a rain-out day.  UAlbany’s series opening doubleheader against the Retreivers will be played Friday, with the first game starting at 2:30 p.m., followed by the second game at 4:45 p.m.  The series finale will be played on Saturday in the regularly scheduled 12:00 p.m. timeslot.

As a team, UAlbany is second in the conference in batting average (.289), third in slugging percentage (.432), third in runs scored (196), third in home runs (25), first in on base percentage (.374), and second in stolen bases, (69).  On the mound, the Danes lead the conference in ERA (2.67), strikeouts (210), hits allowed (219), and runs allowed (110), and are second in opposing batting average (.238).  Defensively, UAlbany ranks third in the conference in fielding percentage (.960).

Maggie Cocks is third in the conference in batting average (.382).  Elizabeth Snow is fifth in slugging percentage (.589).  Cocks is tied for third in runs scored (35).  Snow is tied for the conference lead in doubles (13).  Vicky McFarland is second in stolen bases (26) and steal attempts (29).  Kelly Costello shares the lead with a number of other players with a 1.000 fielding percentage.

Brittany MacFawn leads the conference in ERA (1.63) and opposing batting average (.204), and is second in strikeouts (158).  She is also third in wins (14) and tied for first in saves (2).  Mackenzie Thompson has allowed the fewest hits (39) and runs (18) in the conference, and she and MacFawn are tied for second in fewest walks allowed (14).

With three games cancelled already this week, and with only three games remaining, head coach Chris Cannata’s goal to sharpen up defense and keep hitters in rhythm leading up to the conference tournament becomes even more important.  The Danes look to put their best foot forward when the tournament begins, in an effort to make a deep run.

After this weekend’s series, the America East tournament begins Thursday, May 8 at the home field of the top overall seed.

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