ALBANY, N.Y.-- UAlbany Softball's game on Wednesday 3/29 against Siena is officially postponed due to field conditions. A new date is still to be announced.
NEW BRITAIN, CT-- After relocating UAlbany Softball's season home opener against Central Connecticut State to CCSU's home field, UAlbany lost both games of the double header in five innings (5-13 and 1-9). "It was a cold and miserable day that both teams had to play in, but we were the only team that acted like the weather affected us," said Head Coach Chris Cannata. "We played bad defensively and when you add 17 walks to the mix you aren't going to beat anybody. We need to regroup and have a good week of practice to get ready for conference next weekend." GAME 1 (L 5-13) The Great Danes took an early 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning creating a strong presence at CCSU. Aliyah Wade started off the inning taking her spot on first base with a walk. Next up, McKenzie Bump hit a three-base shot down the right field line to score Wade. Donna Conrad then sent in Bump with a solid single to center field. Back-to-back doubles by Elizabeth Snow and Chelsea Henige added two more runs to the board making the score 4-0. Kelly Spear grounded out sending Henige to third, and then Mackenzie Cleary came in with a clutch single to send Henige home (5-0). In the bottom of the first, the Blue Devils were quick to answer with a homerun by lead off batter, Alexis Debrosse. The Great Danes then gave two back-to-back batters free bases with walks. A Blue Devil single then advanced another base runner home (5-2). Central Connecticut added an additional run in the second inning by a combination of a double, a bunt, and a sacrifice fly. (5-3). The Blue Devils took the lead from the Great Danes in the third scoring four runs, which included another homerun from Debrosse (5-7). UAlbany was unable to produce another hit until the fifth inning, but Aliyah Wade was left on base. In the bott
Saturday March 23rd UAlbany Softball will play a double header, originally scheduled as a home game, at Central Connecticut State due to unsatisfactory conditions at University Field. The Great Danes will play at 1 PM and 3 PM verse the new hosts, the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils.
The UAlbany softball team's games scheduled in Washington D.C. this weekend have been cancelled due to travel issues.
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO— Closing out the final game of the Puerto Rico Classico, UAlbany's 7-2 win over Howard led the Great Danes to a 4-1 record for the tournament, and an overall record of 11-5 for the season. "Today's win against Howard was a much better showing than yesterday and it was a high point to finish the tournament at 4-1. It's been a great experience for the team being down here and playing in this tournament. This team just seems to find a way to win and we are going to keep working hard and getting better as the season goes on," said head coach Cannata. Devin Durando was the starting pitcher for the Great Danes, striking out seven batters with two earned runs. UAlbany started off the game strong earning the first runs of the game in the second inning. Liz Snow had the first UAlbany hit of the game with a double to the left side. Next, Chelsea Henige singled and advanced Snow to third base. Kelly Barkevich was up next loading the bases as she was walked by Howard's pitcher. However, the Great Danes were picked-off at third, leaving runners on first and second. The Great Danes were able to quickly recover with another walk from Howard placing Kelly Spear on first. With a powerful swing from freshman Addy Simpson she shot a double into center field scoring two UAlbany runs. Howard's pitcher then threw a wild-pitch and Spear took advantage, scoring the final run of the inning with the Great Danes leading 3-0. In the 3rd inning the Great Danes continued their momentum adding another three runs to the board. Aliyah Wade started off the inning with a walk and stole second right after. Next, Donna Conrad flied out to centerfield advancing Wade to third base. Snow quickly forced a Howard error claiming her spot on third base, allowing Wade to score. The next two batters, Henige and Barkevich walked. In the midst, Snow took advantage and scored (5-0). Ho
HOWARD (W 6-5, 8 Innings) In the bottom of the 1st inning, the Howard Bison put the first run on the scoreboard by hitting two singles and a sacrifice ground out to 3rd base. Adding to their runs in the 3rd, Howard's freshman, Kamryn Tillman sent a homer to left field making the score 0-2. UAlbany remained scoreless through the 4th inning, while Bison knocked in another run (0-3). UAlbany began to change the pace in the 5th. Kayla Bailey started the inning off with a single to third base and then stole second on a wild pitch. She advanced to third on a ground out by Aliyah Wade. Then sophomore Shaye Swiatek singled, scoring Bailey (1-3). Chelsea Henige was up next and she commanded another run by blasting a double to left field scoring Swiatek (2-3). Not letting up in the 6th inning, the Great Danes rounded the bases three times. To lead off the inning, UAlbany had two back-to-back singles by Mackenzie Cleary and Kelly Barkevich. Freshman, Alexa Corben stepped in to pinch run for Barkevich. Donna Conrad then forced a fielder's choice causing Cleary to be out at third base. Bailey up at the plate was then walked by Howard's pitcher loading the bases. Taking advantage of Bison pitcher, Alexa Walker's wild pitch, all of the Great Dane runners advanced, including Corben who crossed home plate (3-3). Next, Wade grounded out with an RBI scoring Conrad and a Bison error helped to score Bailey (5-3). Looking to end the game in the bottom of the 7th inning with the Great Danes up 5-3, Howard hit in two runs forcing extra innings. The Great Danes started off the 8th inning with a Kayla Bailey walk and a stolen base. Next up, Wade grounded out to the short stop advancing Bailey to third. Then, Swiatek hit a fly ball to center field, while Bailey tagged-up and took off to home plate after the ball was caught. UAlbany held off the Bison in the bottom of the 8th inning leaving a f
Liz Snow Breaks UAlbany Career Homerun Record with a 2-0 Day in Puerto Rico Liz Snow sends a homerun and a grand slam over the fence at the Puerto Rico Classico to break UAlbany's Career Homerun Record. This Great Dane has a total of 34 career homeruns, breaking the 33 homerun record held by Snow's former teammate Charlise Castro (2012-2014). The Great Danes are off to a great start at the Puerto Rico Classico with a 2-0 record on day one. "I'm very pleased that we were able to get two wins today against two good teams. Liz Snow had another big day for us putting us ahead in the first game with a grand slam and a clutch game tying home run in the second game," said head coach Chris Cannata. FURMAN (W 5-2) Snow had the first UAlbany hit of the game in the top of the 1st inning, she went 3-3 against the Paladins. However, Furman was the first to score in the third inning. Celeste Verdolivo began the inning by striking out two Furman batters looking. The Paladins countered with two back-to-back hits and two back-to-back walks, until Verdolivo struck out the last batter to end the inning 0-2. Trailing to Furman in the 5th inning, the Great Danes were prepared to make a come-back sending Mackenzie Cleary and Shaye Swiatek on first and second after a hit by pitch and a walk respectively. Up next, Aliyah Wade singled to the short stop loading the bases. Then, a Donna Conrad RBI put the Great Danes on the board scoring Cleary. With the bases loaded, power hitter and back-to-back America East Player of the Week, Liz Snow cleared the bases with a grand slam over the fence making the score 5-2 in favor of the Danes. With a great defensive performance, the score remained 5-2 for the remaining two innings granting Verdolivo another win. Both teams made no errors, creating a great pitching and offensive battle. FLORIDA A&M (W 7-6, 9 Innings) Against Florida A&M, freshman
The Great Danes head to San Juan, Puerto Rico to compete in the Puerto Rico Classico. UAlbany will play five games in Puerto Rico and will face three different. Out of the three teams, UAlbany holds the best win percentage with an overall record of 7-4. Last weekend, the Great Danes went 3-2 at the North Florida Invitational with notable wins over La Salle, Western Carolina, and Mount St. Mary's- MD. PUERTO RICO CLASSICO SCHEDULE: Fri, March 10: vs. Furman 10 AM vs. Florida A&M 12:30 PM Sat, March 11: vs. Howard 10 AM vs. Furman 12:30 PM Sun, March 12 vs. Howard 9 AM SCOUTING FOR THE PUERTO RICO CLASSICO FURMAN (10-11) The past three weekends Furman has competed in their own college town of Greenville, South Carolina. Furman had 3-game win-streak with wins over Georgetown (11-6), Colgate (3-2 in 9 innings), and Campbell (5-3). Earlier this season, Furman competed against Howard, another competitor in the Puerto Rico Classico, winning 8-0 in 5 innings. The team has an overall .251 batting average and a .317 on base percentage. KEY PLAYER: Left-handed pitcher, Lyndsey Bert has been named the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week two times in the last four weeks. She has a 2.16 earned run average with a 5-6 record on the mound She totals 52 strike outs in 12 games. FLORIDA A&M (3-16-1) Florida A&M has faced tough competition this season including the #2 University of Florida, #18 the University of Kentucky, #5 Florida State, and #26 UCF. The Rattler's knocked off the University of Maryland, a Big Ten team, 5-1 with nine hits. Texas A&M has a team batting average of .188 and a slugging percentage of .260. KEY PLAYER: Sophomore, Alexis Day leads the team with 13 hits and 7 RBIs. She has recorded one double and seven RBIs. In the outfield defensively, she has recorded 13 putouts and one assist. HOWARD (0-10) Howard has yet to win a game in the 2017 season.
Liz Snow and Bailey Turner claim 2 of 3 America East Weekly Awards after UAlbany's 3-2 weekend at the North Florida Invitational. Snow earns back-to-back America East Player of the Week, receiving this award last week for her performance at the EMU Madeira Beach Spring Invitational. Snow receives this week's honor for her .385 batting average and 1.154 slugging percentage for the weekend. She hit an impressive three home runs in five games. This is Snow's fifth weekly award, and her fourth Player of the Week selection. Bailey Turner earns her first America East Weekly award, as this week's Rookie of the Week. Turner had two pitching starts last weekend winning both games. The freshman pitched 12 innings striking out eight batters and allowed only four earned runs. This weekend, the Great Danes will travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico to compete in the Puerto Rico Classico. UAlbany will take the field at 10 AM against Furman.
UAlbany closes out the North Florida Invitational with a 3-2 record and an overall record of 7-4 for the 2017 season. North Florida Invitational Game Scores: Mount St. Mary's-MD: L (6-14)
UAlbany Softball takes two on day two of the North Florida Invitational. The Great Danes have an overall record of 6-4. "After playing as bad as I've seen us play yesterday, I am really proud of how we bounced back in every way today. We got two great pitching performances from Bailey and Celeste and the defense did a nice job all day. We need to take another step forward tomorrow and finish out the weekend with another win," said Head Coach Chris Cannata. LA SALLE (4-2) Bailey Turner took her second win in the circle this season pitching all 7 innings, striking out 6 batters. UAlbany took control in the second inning scoring two runs, with a double from Chelsea Henige and a single down the left field line by Mackenzie Cleary. The Explorers countered with a run in both the 3rd and 4th inning with compiling hits. UAlbany's third baseman, McKenzie Bump made a double play to end the third. The Great Danes looked to get ahead in the 6th inning batting in two more runs making the score (4-2). Elizabeth Snow took it upon herself to make sure UAlbany scored again swinging for a homerun, her second of the tournament. Henige then doubled to center field and Kayla Bailey stepped in to pinch run. Joining Bailey, Mackenzie Cleary reached first base on a walk. Then, with a Sarah Petzold single Bailey advanced home. Defensively, Alexa Corben had six putouts and one assist, while Cleary had eight putouts and one assist. With a scoreless 7th inning, the Great Danes took the win (4-2). WESTERN CAROLINA (1-0) Against Western Carolina, Celeste Verdolivo took the mound making her pitching record for the 2017 season 2-2. Verdolivo pitched all 8 innings allowing only four hits and striking out four batters. UAlbany and Western Carolina both went scoreless for all seven innings of regulation. In the first seven innings there were only three Great Dane hits were by Kelly Sp
The Great Danes led the Mount in the first inning scoring 4 runs. McKenzie Bump and Aliyah Wade both started off the inning with walks occupying first and second. Donna Conrad then singled to the right side, scoring Bump. Next up, Chelsea Henige was walked by the Mount's pitcher. With Bases loaded, Wade then sprinted home on a passed ball. An RBI by Mackenzie Cleary scored Conrad and Sarah Petzold's scored Henige. The Mount battled back adding a run to the board, making the score in the 1st inning (4-1). In the 2nd iinning, Elizabeth Snow helped out the Great Danes with a home run circling the bases. The Great Danes also got on the board in the 3rd inning with a