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Softball Splits Last Two With Maine

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ALBANY, N.Y. – After inclement weather permitted only one game yesterday, the University at Albany softball team made up for it with two games against Maine today, completing the scheduled three-game set.  Maine (13-11, 5-3) took the first game in 3-0 in nine innings, and UAlbany (13-8, 3-3) won the second game 6-4.

Scoring came at a premium during the first game, as no runs were scored by either team through the first seven innings of regulation.  The game remained scoreless through the eighth inning as well, before Maine broke the game open with three runs in the top of the ninth.  UAlbany loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, with a chance to score some runs or even take the lead, but the rally failed when Kelly Costello popped up to the pitcher.  Brittany MacFawn (6-5) started her second consecutive game for UAlbany, pitching nine innings allowing three runs (two earned) with 10 strikeouts and two walks.  Vicky McFarland made a leaping catch against the left field wall to end the top of the third inning, saving as many as two runs in the process.

UAlbany’s offense struck much earlier in the second game.  The Danes scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning.  Costello proved to have a short memory, as she kicked off proceedings with a home run after McFarland grounded out to third.  Maggie Cocks then hit a single to center, and stole second.  Elizabeth Snow singled to left center, scoring Cocks from second.  Maine responded with one run in the top of the second inning with an RBI single down the left field line that cut the lead to 2-1.

The Danes added three more runs in the bottom of the third inning.  McFarland singled to shortstop and then stole second.  Costello singled to shortstop, which allowed McFarland to advance to third.  Then, Costello stole second before Cocks flied out to right.  Snow hit a double down the left field line, scoring both McFarland and Costello.  After a pitching change, Charlise Castro singled to left, which advanced Snow to third.  After Castro stole second, Marlin Solano walked to load the bases.  Lauren Alcorn hit a sacrifice fly to right, which drove in Snow and advanced Castro to third and Solano to second.

Not to be outdone, Maine immediately scored three runs of its own in the top of the fourth, cutting the lead to 5-4.  But Lauren Alcorn hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to extend UAlbany’s lead once more to 6-4.  Alcorn’s home run knocked Maine’s second pitcher out of the game.  The Black Bears brought in the winning pitcher from the morning game, Hannah Hill, to close out the afternoon match. 

Mackenzie Thompson (4-1) started the game for UAlbany, pitching four innings, giving up four runs and striking out two batters.  She was relieved in the top of the fifth by Emily Ostrom, who pitched 2.1 innings, striking out two and walking one.  MacFawn relieved Ostrom in the top of the seventh, pitching 0.2 innings to earn the save.  McFarland, Costello, Cocks, and Castro each stole a base in the second game of the day, and Snow ended the game with three RBIs.

UAlbany hosts a make-up doubleheader with Binghamton on Tuesday, April 8 starting at 2:00 p.m.  On Wednesday, April 9, the Danes will take a trip to Smithfield, R.I., for a doubleheader with Bryant, which will kick of a stretch of nine consectutive road games.  UAlbany closes out its home schedule with a three game set against UMass-Lowell on April 26-27, before finishing the regular season with seven consecutive road games.


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