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UAlbany Softball Shows Resilience in DH Sweep Over Cornell

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UAlbany Softball Shows Resilience in DH Sweep Over Cornell 

Photo: Vicky McFarland (above) hit her team-leading seventh homer of the season on Wednesday, April 17. 

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ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany softball team swept Cornell University in a doubleheader at Albany Field on Wednesday, April 17. The Great Danes rallied with back-to-back three run innings to claim the sweep and win game two, 6-4. Junior Brittany MacFawn pitched a one-hitter in game one as UAlbany triumphed, 3-0. The Great Danes have won 20 of their last 23.

MacFawn continued to roll for the UAlbany in the early game. After reaching the 500 career strikeout milestone and winning two games yesterday, the right-hander responded with another complete performance against the Big Red. It was her 20th of the season and seventh shutout.

UAlbany (25-10, 8-1 AE) scored three runs over four innings to support MacFawn’s pitching. Junior Charlise Castro scored the game’s first two runs. First, in the second inning, sophomore Marlin Solano hit a sacrifice to drive-in Castro and put the score at 1-0. Then, in the fourth inning, Castro drew a walk to open the inning. She was later advanced to home with an RBI-single by junior Lauren Alcorn.

The Great Danes added a third and final run in the fifth inning. Freshman Maggie Cocks hit a sac-fly to right field to advance sophomore Vicky McFarland home. The left fielder singled to open up the inning.

MacFawn (16-6) struck out eight, walking two. Her K:BB ratio this season is nearly eight-to-one, 191:26. Junior and Saratoga Springs, N.Y. native, Alyson Onyon, took the loss for Cornell Cornell (16-20, 6-6 IVY). She pitched six innings, allowing six hits, walking two and striking out four. McFarland led all batters going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

In game two, UAlbany strung together 10 hits. They took, then regained the lead, with three runs in each the bottom of the fifth and sixth. Junior Taylor Franich went 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored. Cocks and McFarland each recorded two RBIs.

The Big Red hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning to take the game’s first lead, 2-0. Sophomore Linda Laeufer and freshman Taylor Goodin hit the dingers.

UAlbany responded as McFarland hit her team-high seventh homer of the season, a two-run shot. Castro followed with an RBI-double to give the Great Danes a 3-2 lead. However, the Big Red again went yard to take a 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth.

The Great Danes showed their resilience, putting the rally caps back on. This time it was Franich who stepped up. She slapped a single past the shortstop, tying the game, 4-4. From there, Cocks hit a two-run RBI, giving UAlbany the final lead after six full frames. 

Junior Emily Ostrom (9-4) went the complete game. She recorded one strikeout and walked two, allowing two four earned runs. Onyon (11-12) was again tagged with the loss for Cornell. She pitched two relief innings, allowing three runs and striking out one.

“We were not getting good swings early but were resilient today,” said head coach Chris Cannata. “I would like to see us score early, but I’m proud of how we stuck together and finished.”

UAlbany will gear up for a three-game weekend series against UMBC at Albany Field, April 20-21. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. 

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