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UAlbany Softball Set to Host Bryant in Wednesday Doubleheader

Photo: UAlbany will host Bryant in a doubleheader at Albany Field on Wednesday, April 10.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — The University at Albany softball team (19-7, 6-0 AE) will host Bryant University (11-15, 4-6 NEC) in a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 10. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Albany Field. The Great Danes last played the Bulldogs in 2010. Bryant defeated UAlbany at home, 8-0, 2-5.

The Great Danes opened up 2013 America East Conference play with two sweeps. They defeated the University of Hartford in a doubleheader on Friday, March 29, 1-0 and 9-4. Following with a third win on Saturday, March 30, 2-1. UAlbany improved to 6-0 in conference with wins at Maine on Sunday, April 7, 5-2, 8-4 and Monday April 8, 1-0, in 11 innings.

SCOUTING BRYANT
The Bulldogs have recorded wins against Marist, 5-3, Wagner, 6-4, 8-7, and Yale, 12-7, 10-2. Sophomore Aubrey Mable leads the team with a .427 batting average. She has 11 doubles and 23 RBIs. Junior Lauren Guy leads the team with five homeruns. Bryant bats .275 and have combined for 14 homers and 102 RBIs. The pitching staff has recorded 59 strikeouts compared to 91 walks.

DANES’ WIN STREAK SETS NEW PROGRAM RECORD
The Great Danes have won 14 consecutive games and 15 of the team’s last 16. Over the span, UAlbany has outscored opponents 107-41. They’ve twice won on the eight-run mercy rule and strung together five shut-out victories. The team scored a season-high 14 runs twice, tying the second most for single-game runs in Division I program history (15 in 2004). Their 14-game win streak sets a Division I program record.

11 INNINGS CAP OFF MAINE SWEEP
UAlbany swept the University of Maine in the finale of a three-game series on Monday, April 8 at Kessock Field, 1-0. An America East pitcher’s duel, the game went 10 scoreless frames before the Great Danes scored the only run in the top of the 11th. Great Dane starter, junior Brittany MacFawn, and Black Bear starter Hannah Hill pitched all 11 innings. They saw a combined 80 batters.

MACFAWN KEEPS DEALING
Brittany MacFawn has proved to be a backbone behind the Great Danes’ success this season. 11-5 in 2013, MacFawn has allowed two runs or less in her last seven starts. Over the span, she’s averaged fewer than three hits to opponents per outing. The right-handed hurler tossed her third career complete game against Hartford to open up conference play on March 29. Less than a week later she threw a one-hitter against Siena — one out away from a perfect game. She’s won her last nine consecutive starts.

SNAGGING BASES
UAlbany has stolen an America East-high 50 bases to begin 2013. Leading the charge on the basepath is freshman Annie Johnson. In 24 games this season, she’s stolen 21 bases. Sophomore Vicky McFarland, who stole 23 bases last season, is second with 11 steals. Johnson has hit the national rador in terms of stolen bases. Her .83 steal-per-game average ranks third in all of Division I softball.

CASTRO SLUGGING FOR PROGRAM RECORD BOOKS
In her first season with UAlbany, junior Charlise Castro found her way into the Great Danes record book. Her .461 batting average put her name second, for the single-season program record. She also recorded 13 homers and doubles — both ranking second for a single-season. In 2013, Castro has returned with a team-high five homers and 20 RBIs. Her career home run total ranks fifth in UAlbany program history.

GREAT DANES ARE TOP DOGS IN PRESEASON POLL
UAlbany and Boston University, who played in the 2012 America East Softball Championship, were announced on Monday, Feb. 4, as co-favorites in the conference preseason coaches’ poll. UAlbany is coming off a 36-14 overall record and second place finish, 13-5, in the America East. After defeating both Maine and Stony Brook in elimination games, the Great Danes fell just short of crowning themselves conference champions for the fifth time. UAlbany and Boston U. each received three first-place votes and 32 points in a vote of the league’s head coaches.

ON DECK
Following the Bryant doubleheader, UAlbany will host America East rival Stony Brook in a three-game series at Albany Field on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday April 14. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.


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