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Softball Splits First Two At Rebel

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Playing in just their fifth and sixth games of the season, the University at Albany softball team split their first two matchups of the Rebel Spring Games in Florida on Thursday.  The Danes opened tournament play with a loss to Utah Valley (7-10) 3-0, and later defeated Saint Peters (2-10) 9-2. 

UAlbany may have showcased their rust in the first game, which was the first live action the team has seen since the Citrus Classic.  Their trip to the Towson Classic was cancelled due to snow rendering the playing field unusable.  Brittany MacFawn (2-1) pitched six innings and recorded eight strikeouts in the loss. 

The victory in the second game, however, was a total team effort, with four players recording RBIs and six players scoring runs.  UAlbany jumped on top early in the bottom of the first inning.  Vicky McFarland hit a single, then stole second base.  She advanced to third on a single by Kelly Costello, and scored on a groundout to the pitcher by Maggie Cocks.  In the second inning, Lauren Alcorn scored Charlise Castro on a groundout to first that also advanced Marlin Solano to second.  Solano scored two batter later, when Kate Biasi grounded out to second.

In the third inning, Castro singled to center, scoring Costello, and advancing Cocks to third.  Cocks scored on the next play, giving UAlbany a 5-0 lead.  Leading 6-2 in the fifth, Castro hit her first home run of the season.  The Danes added two more runs in the sixth for a final score of 9-2.  Emily Ostrom pitched a complete game, striking out three batters, walking two, and giving up one earned run.

UAlbany plays two more games tomorrow.  They start off with a rematch against Saint Peters at 1:00 p.m., and play South Dakota later tomorrow afternoon at 5:30 p.m.  They will play a total of 10 games over six days in Winter Haven before returning home.

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