Softball Earns Home Sweep of Binghamton
Softball Earns Home Sweep of Binghamton
ALBANY, N.Y. – After the original three-game series was rained out, the University at Albany softball team played a makeup doubleheader Tuesday against conference opponent Binghamton. The Danes (15-8, 5-3) earned a sweep of the Bearcats (12-12, 3-2), winning the first game 6-0, and winning the second game 4-3.
Due to changes in the schedule, the Binghamton doubleheader was moved to a point that fell squarely between two other doubleheaders on the Danes’ schedule. Weather forced the doubleheader of the Maine series to be played on Sunday instead of Saturday, and the Danes were scheduled for a home doubleheader against Bryant on Wednesday. That doubleheader will still be played tomorrow, but has been moved to Bryant’s facility.
Brittany MacFawn (8-5) started the first game on the mound for UAlbany, throwing a complete game shutout, striking out eight and walking only one. The Danes struck early, scoring a run in the bottom of the first. Consecutive singles by Kelly Costello and Maggie Cocks had runners on first and second with one out. Elizabeth Snow popped up to the pitcher for the second out of the inning. Charlise Castro reached safely on an error by Binghamton’s second baseman, which scored Costello and pushed Cocks to third.
UAlbany added two more runs in the bottom of the second. Lauren Alcorn led off the inning with a double to center. Jessica Tate worked a walk. Alexa Toole sacrifice bunted, advancing Tate to second and Alcorn to third. Vicky McFarland doubled up the middle, driving in both Alcorn and Tate.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, UAlbany added another run. Costello was at the plate with Tate on third and McFarland on first. McFarland took off for second, stealing the bag successfully, allowing Tate to steal home plate safely after the catcher tried to throw McFarland out. UAlbany scored again in the bottom of the fifth, on a Marlin Solano foul out to left field. With the left fielder catching the ball in foul territory, the base runners were allowed to tag and advance. Cocks scored after tagging from third, and Snow advanced to third on the throw home.
UAlbany’s final run came in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Cocks hit a solo home run to left field. Cocks ended the game going 3-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. McFarland had two RBIs and a stolen base. Snow had two hits, and Tate scored two runs and worked two walks.
Mackenzie Thompson (4-1) started the second game on the mound for UAlbany, which was a decidedly closer affair than game one. Binghamton scored immediately in the top of the first after a leadoff walk, stolen base, and triple to right field. UAlbany knotted the game up in the bottom of the fourth, when Cocks grounded out to shortstop, allowing McFarland to score from third.
Binghamton broke the tie in the top of the sixth after a leadoff double and an error by Kate Biasi on the second at-bat of the inning, allowing a run to score. In the bottom of the inning, McFarland led off with a single to left field. Costello grounded out, which allowed McFarland to advance all the way to third. Cocks reached first safely on a fielder’s choice in which McFarland was called out in a close play at home plate trying to tie the game. Snow, the next batter, doubled, advancing Cocks to third. Tate came in to pinch run for Snow at second. Solano then hit a single up the middle that scored Cocks cleanly, and Tate on a fielding error by the center fielder. The two runs gave UAlbany the lead, 3-2.
MacFawn relieved Thompson in the top of the sixth, entering a game in a save opportunity for the second time in three games. This effort was not as successful as the last, however, as she gave up a run on an RBI single to left with runners on second and third. In the bottom of the seventh, Alcorn led off with a walk. Emily Ostrom pinch ran for Alcorn, but was called out trying to reach third to take advantage of a fielding error by Binghamton’s second baseman. Toole was subsequently hit by a pitch and awarded first base, pushing Biasi to second. McFarland then walked, loading the bases with one out. Binghamton brought in a relief pitcher for Costello’s at-bat. Costello worked a walk-off walk, forcing in Biasi to win the game for UAlbany 4-3. McFarland ended the game with two hits, a walk, and one run scored. Solano hit two RBIs.
UAlbany will travel to Smithfield, Rhode Island tomorrow to play a doubleheader against Bryant University. The first game is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.