TUSCALOOSA, AL— After a four hour and thirty-minute rain delayed start time, the Great Danes fell to Louisiana Tech in the first elimination game of the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional. Louisiana Tech scored first in the bottom of the first inning with two singles through the infield. In the bottom of the second and third they added an additional six runs to the board with the help of a two-run home run by the Lady Techster's Morgan Turkoly. The Great Danes were able to counter with one run in the top of the fourth. Sarah Petzold started off the inning with a hard-hit double into left field. Donna Conrad then moved her over with a single over the third baseman, but it was Kelly Spear who recorded the RBI with a long ball tapping the left field fence. Moving to th The Great Danes concluded their season with a record of 27-18, with a conference record of 8-7. This season UAlbany earned their spot in the NCAA Tournament by winning the America East Tournament for the sixth time in program history.
TUSCALOOSA, AL—The Great Danes fell to the No. 16 Alabama Crimson Tide 5-1 in their first game of the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional. Tomorrow, UAlbany will take on Louisiana Tech at 3:00 p.m. ET for an elimination game, while Alabama will advance in the winner's bracket playing Minnesota at 12:30 p.m. ET. "We did the best we could and for us to beat a team like that we have to play a perfect game and we were a little less than perfect, but I thought we played pretty well," said head coach Chris Cannata. The Great Danes scored first in the top of the second. Chelsea Henige snatched the first hit of the game with a double into right center. The Crimson Tide's pitcher, Madi Moore then hit freshman, Kelly Barkevich in the shoulder. Shaye Swiatek recorded the RBI with a solid single up the middle. Aggressive base running from Henige allowed her to take two bases and cross the plate. Moving to the bottom of the inning, Alabama's lead-off batter shot a home run over the left field fence to tie up the score 1-1. The Great Danes caused an Alabama pitching changes in the top of the third after two consecutive batters were hit by pitches. Senior, Sydney Littlejohn (16-8) took over the mound for Moore leaving the Danes scoreless in the top of the inning. Offensively in the bottom of the inning, Alabama knocked in another run claiming a one run lead from a walk and a single up the middle. The Crimson Tide were able to add three more to the board in the bottom of the fifth. Starting off the inning, the lead-off batter was walked. Then, an RBI came from a solid single up the middle. After, Alabama's freshman first baseman, Bailey Hemphill hit her 9th home run of the season to take the Crimson Tide on a 5-1 lead. Tomorrow the Great Danes will face Louisiana Tech who fell to Minnesota in the first game of the day. "We have to win a game tomorrow. So hopefully we come out with the sa
ALBANY, N.Y.—The University at Albany will face No. 16 Alabama in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional on Friday, May 19th at 5 PM ET. SEC Network will host a live broadcast. The regional games this weekend will take place at Alabama's own, Rhoads Stadium. Friday's regional is nearly sold out for a stadium designed to hold 3,940 people, by far the largest crowd the Great Danes have seen this season. DANES RETURN TO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT UAlbany earned an automatic entry into the NCAA Tournament after winning the America East Championship last Sunday. This will be the Dane's sixth ever trip the the NCAA Tournament. In 2014, the Great Danes won their first NCAA Tournament game at the 2014 Eugeune Regionals defeating Utah Valley 4-3, after falling to Wisconsin 1-0. Three Great Dane seniors will return to the NCAA's for the first time since their freshman year in Oregon. UAlbany downed Maine 6-1 to claim the conference title. Sarah Petzold, Liz Snow, Chelsea Henige, and Devin Durando were named to the America East All-Tournament Team. Devin Durando was named the America East Tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Player to Watch: Liz Snow is currently currently leads the nation in doubles per game (.5), and is second in total doubles (21) and slugging percentage (.991).
LOUISVILLE, K.Y. -- University at Albany softball player Liz Snow has been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Northeast Region Second Team, announced by the organization Thursday. Snow, a senior catcher from Long Beach Calif., currently leads the nation in doubles per game (.5), and is second in total doubles (21) and slugging percentage (.991). In the America East Conference, she leads in batting average (.438), doubles (21), total bases (111), slugging percentage (.991), and on base percentage (.562). Starting in 43 games this spring, Snow also boasted a .992 fielding percentage behind the plate. The 2017 America East Player of the Year and a first-team all conference selection, Snow has rewritten three UAlbany career records in her four years as a Great Dane. She has broken the program's career RBIs, doubles, and home runs record this season. Snow led the Great Danes to an America East Championship this year and a spot in the Tuscaloosa NCAA Regional. This is the senior's second championship and appearance in the NCAA Tournament after winning in 2014, her freshman year. Snow is one of 667 student-athletes from 175 programs that received 2017 NFCA Division I All-Region accolades. The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association's 10 regions with first, second, and third team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to the 2016 NFCA Division I All-American squads. The 2017 NFCA Division I All-America teams will be announced at approximately 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 31, via NFCA.org.
ALBANY, N.Y.— The bracket has been revealed: the UAlbany Softball team will travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to face the University of Alabama at the Tuscaloosa NCAA Regional on Friday, May 19th at 5 PM. The game will take place at Rhoads Stadium on the campus of the University of Alabama. The stadium was opened in 2000 and has a seating capacity of 3,940. UAlbany earned its way into the NCAA Tournament with the America East Tournament champion automatic qualifier, defeating Maine 6-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Great Danes went 4-1 in the America East Tournament with many schedule changes due to inclement weather. "I am so proud of this team and how far we have come. It was a long week with a lot of pressure packed games and this group of kids stayed tough and answered the ball every time we needed them to. We got great pitching all week long, and some huge clutch hits from so many different kids in the lineup," said head coach Chris Cannata. Sarah Petzold, Liz Snow, Chelsea Henige, and Devin Durando were named to the America East All-Tournament Team. Devin Durando was named the America East Tournament's Most Outstanding Player. The NCAA Softball Regionals will be held May 18-21 on 16 campus sites. At each campus site, a four-team, double-elimination tournament will be conducted and the 16 winning teams advance to the Super Regionals. Super Regionals for the championship will be held May 25-28 on eight campus sites. At each site, two teams play in a best-of-three tournament format. The winners from each site advance to the NCAA Women's College World Series (WCWS).
VESTAL, N.Y.—The University at Albany Softball team takes home the program's sixth America East title. This championship is UAlbany's 100th conference title as a department.
With the softball team winning the America East championship today, the University at Albany has earned 100 conference titles since joining the Division I ranks in 1999.
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Due to inclement weather, the America East Softball Championship has been postponed to Sunday, May 14th at 9 AM in Vestal, N.Y. UAlbany will face the No. 2 Maine Black Bears. Coming into the match-up undefeated in the winner's bracket, the Great Danes will need one win to secure the title. If Maine wins the first game, a second game will be played immediately after to determine the champion.
VESTAL, N.Y.—The University at Albany Great Danes recorded an 8-2 victory over the Maine Black Bears in the winner's bracket of the America East Tournament. This win earns UAlbany a spot in the America East Championship taking place tomorrow at 12 PM in Vestal, N.Y. UAlbany will face the winner of Game 9 which takes place at 4:00 PM this afternoon. "It all started in the circle today and Devin set the tone from the very first inning. We got so many big hits from kids through out the whole lineup. This team has come so far and I couldn't be more proud of them," said head coach Chris Cannata. RECAP Devin Durando pitched a complete game on the mound for the Great Danes striking out five batters. The junior allowed six hits and two runs. UAlbany started creating runs in the third inning. Kelly Spear started the hits with a shot to the short stop. Then Liz Snow and Donna Conrad loaded bases with a hit-by-pitch and a single. It was Sarah Petzold who forced a major Maine error to score the first two runs of the game. In the fifth inning, UAlbany's bats came alive once again. Snow was the lead-off batter of the inning and unsurprisingly she was walked to first base. After the first-inning when Snow hit a major double, she did not see strikes again. Next up, Donna Conrad joined Snow on base with a single to third. With two runners on and no outs, Sarah Petzold hit a 2-RBI double into right center. Finally, the third run of the inning came from Kelly Barkevich with a single shot to left field. Danes led Maine 5-0. Moving into the 6th, Snow earned an easy base once again after getting hit by a pitch for the second time of the day. Then Donna Conrad slammed her first triple of the season down the right field line earning a RBI. With Conrad on third, Chelsea Henige blasted a two-run homer over the fence. UAlbany led the Black Bears 8-0. UAlbany looked to end the game early
VESTAL, N.Y.—in extra innings, the University at Albany took down the No. 1 Binghamton Bearcats 4-3 in Game 4 of the America East Tournament. The Great Danes are now rolling on a seven-game win streak with an overall record of 25-15. "What an exciting game to be a part of at the best time of the year. I'm so happy with how we competed on every play in every inning. We have been trying to get this out of this team all year long. We bent a little bit, but we held our ground and didn't break. Sarah made a huge defensive play in the seventh to kill their rally. Donna, Liz, and Sarah had huge clutch hits for us and every single player in the dugout contributed today," said head coach Chris Cannata. THE EXTRA-INNING RUN DOWN:
VESTAL, N.Y.— In a 10-inning thriller, the University at Albany Great Danes defeated the UMBC Retrievers 5-4 in Game 1 of the America East Tournament. Both teams were very active at the plate. UAlbany outhit UMBC 13-10. Kelly Barkevich and Shaye Swiatek made key offensive plays to lead the Danes to victory. KELLY BARKEVICH TO THE RESCUE Down by one run in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Great Danes were looking for hits to stay alive. Making her America East Tournament debut, Kelly Barkevich was sent in to pinch hit. Stepping up to the plate for the first time of the day, Barkevich homered into right field to save the Danes and force extra innings.
VESTAL, N.Y.— The University at Albany Softball team took home the coveted Player of the Year award along with three all-conference selections at the 2016-17 America East Softball banquet. This year's banquet took place at the No. 1 seed, Binghamton University. 2017 UAlbany America East Honors: Player of the Year- Liz Snow First Team All-Conference- Liz Snow Second Team All-Conference- Mackenzie Cleary Second Team All-Conference- Donna Conrad All-Rookie Team- Bailey Turner All-Academic Team- Devin Durando All-Academic Team- Liz Snow LIZ SNOW NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR Senior catcher, Liz Snow was selected as the 2017 America East Player of the Year. She also earned a spot on the All-Conference First team and the All-Academic team. This season Snow has been named the America East Player of the Week three times. Starting all 38 games in the 2017 season with a .423 batting average, Snow leads the conference in four offensive categories including slugging percentage (.971), on base percentage (.527), doubles (18), and total bases (100). Not only is she an America East leader but she is a NCAA leader as well, leading the nation with .47 doubles per game. Additionally, she is second in the nation for her high slugging percentage of .971. During Snow's career she has been awarded by the America East a total of 18 times. America East Awards in Snow's Career: Player of the Year: 2017 Rookie of the Year: 2014 First Team All-Conference: 2017, 2014 Second Team All-Conference: 2016, 2015 All-Academic Team: 2017, 2016, 2015 All-Rookie Team: 2014 Player of the Week: 2017 (x3), 2016 (x2) Rookie of the Week: 2014 (x3) CLEARY AND CONRAD BACK-TO-BACK ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS UAlbany's senior 1st baseman Mackenzie Cleary and junior right fielder Donna Conrad have been named to the America East Second Team All-Conference for the second year in a row. Mackenzie Cleary has batte