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Softball Opens Regular Season At Stony Brook

ALBANY, N.Y. – After a scattered preseason that featured seven games cancelled over the course of three tournaments, the University at Albany softball team is now primed to begin regular season play with a trip this weekend to Stony Brook for a three game set.  The Danes will begin regular season and America East play against the team they faced in the America East final a year ago.  UAlbany enters the series having compiled an 8-5 record, while the Seawolves currently stand at 8-10.

“Stony Brook is a good team with strong pitching and we are always in close games with them,” said head coach Chris Cannata.

UAlbany kicked off the season at the Citrus Classic in Florida.  They won their first game, against Marshall, by a score of 12-11 in a 10-inning affair.  Their second game was a close loss to East Carolina, 7-6.  They rebounded the following day in an odd outing against Northern Illinois.  Senior pitcher Brittany MacFawn started the game for the Danes, but play was suspended due to rain.  MacFawn returned to the mound the next day when the game resumed to finish what she started, leading UAlbany to a 3-1 victory.  The rain delay forced the cancellation of the fifth and final game on UAlbany’s Citrus schedule, against Lamar, so UAlbany concluded tournament play in a 2-0 loss to NC State.

Inclement weather forced the cancellation of the entire Towson Classic, the second of three preseason tournaments UAlbany had on its schedule.  The Danes expected to play two games against Canisius, two games against Towson, and one game against Delaware State.  At this point, six of UAlbany’s first 10 games had been cancelled, and the team would go three full weeks between live competition.

“I do think that losing those seven games to weather has affected us a little,” said Cannata.  “We played well our first weekend out and then we didn’t get to play for almost 3 more weeks so it was kind of like we were starting over again.”

UAlbany final resumed play at the Rebel Spring Games in Florida.  The Danes were scheduled to play 10 games over six days, but the second to last game on the schedule, UW-Green Bay, was cancelled due to weather, marking the seventh game cancelled before regular season play began.  UAlbany earned a record of 6-3 over the nine games they played.

“We didn’t hit as well as I would have liked but that will come with playing more games and getting more at bats,” said Cannata.  “Our pitchers kept us in all of the games so hopefully our bats will start to get hot.”

Except for the one game against Creighton, a 7-2 loss for UAlbany, the team gave up three runs or fewer in each game during the tournament, a testament to the pitching Coach Cannata mentioned.  Three of UAlbany’s six victories were shutouts, against Saint Peter’s, South Dakota, and Buffalo.

The games this weekend begin Saturday at 1:00 p.m.  UAlbany will play the second game of a kick-off doubleheader at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.  The final game in the series will be played Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

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