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UAlbany-Binghamton Softball Game Postponed
Softball 04/26/2017

The scheduled UAlbany-Binghamton softball game scheduled for Wednesday, April 26th has been postponed.

Softball Drops One Game to Lehigh
Softball 04/22/2017

BETHLEHEM, P.A.—The University at Albany was scheduled to face Lehigh in a doubleheader today, but was only able to play one game due to weather. Lehigh was victorious with a 14-5 win over the Danes. The Great Danes were able to attack first, scoring one in the top of the first. Aliyah Wade had a huge first at bat with a triple down the left field line. Then a single up the middle by Donna Conrad allowed Wade to be sent home. Moving to the bottom of the first, Lehigh was ready to attack. With five Great Dane walks and four Great Dane errors, the Mountain Hawks were able to score eleven runs. Looking to catch up after a long inning, the Great Danes perservered and countered with four runs in the bottom of the second. Kelly Spear started off the inning with a single to center field. Then Sarah Petzold hit a two-run homerun long ball over center field. Playing off the momentum, Wade hit her second triple of the day. The next batter up, Conrad was walked. Power-hitter Liz Snow then took control sending a double to left center to score both runners on base. At the end of the second the Great Danes trailed 11-5. In the top of the third, Lehigh scored three more, with only one UAlbany error. With neither teams scoring in the fourth or fifth, the final score read 14-5. The Great Danes will be back at 2 PM this Wednesday, April 26 for a single game at home against the Binghamton Bearcats.

Softball to Face Lehigh in Doubleheader
Softball 04/21/2017

ALBANY, N.Y.—The Great Danes are set to face the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks this Saturday in Bethlehem, PA at Leadership Park. SCHEDULE: Saturday, April 22 @ 1 PM @ 3 PM GREAT DANES STEPPING OUTSIDE OF CONFERENCE After playing eight straight conference games, the Great Danes will face a member of the Patriot League. UAlbany is 18-14 overall and 3-7 in the America East. Last time out, the Great Danes faced UMBC in a three-game series where they split the doubleheader on Friday and won the single game on Saturday 7-3. SNOW NCAA STAT LEADER Elizabeth Snow leads the nation with .5 doubles per game. She is currently ranked third in the nation in slugging percentage (1.085), fourth in doubles (16), and tenth in toughest to strike out (AB/K = 44). Snow leads UAlbany in five offensive categories and is the Danes biggest threat. SCOUTING LEHIGH Lehigh is 24-16 overall and 11-1 in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks are currently on a five game win streak and secured a spot in the Patriot League after their three-game sweep over Holy Cross. Player to watch: Sophomore Ashley Quidolit Rabago had a big day at Princeton, highlighted by a 3-for-4 effort in game two to take over the team lead in batting average (.348) and hits (40). Rabago is hitting .397 over her last 18 games. MOUNTAIN HAWK AND GREAT DANE HISTORY First meeting in 2005, Lehigh and UAlbany have met seven times total. The Mountain Hawks lead the series 5-2. In 2016, Lehigh took both games of the doubleheader 5-4 and 9-0.

Softball to Face Lehigh in Doubleheader
Softball 04/21/2017

ALBANY, N.Y.—The Great Danes are set to face the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks this Saturday in Bethlehem, PA at Leadership Park. SCHEDULE: Saturday, April 22 @ 1 PM @ 3 PM GREAT DANES STEPPING OUTSIDE OF CONFERENCE After playing eight straight conference games, the Great Danes will face a member of the Patriot League. UAlbany is 18-14 overall and 3-7 in the America East. Last time out, the Great Danes faced UMBC in a three-game series where they split the doubleheader on Friday and won the single game on Saturday 7-3. SNOW NCAA STAT LEADER Elizabeth Snow leads the nation with .5 doubles per game. She is currently ranked third in the nation in slugging percentage (1.085), fourth in doubles (16), and tenth in toughest to strike out (AB/K = 44). Snow leads UAlbany in five offensive categories and is the Danes biggest threat. SCOUTING LEHIGH Lehigh is 24-16 overall and 11-1 in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks are currently on a five game win streak and secured a spot in the Patriot League after their three-game sweep over Holy Cross. Player to watch: Sophomore Ashley Quidolit Rabago had a big day at Princeton, highlighted by a 3-for-4 effort in game two to take over the team lead in batting average (.348) and hits (40). Rabago is hitting .397 over her last 18 games. MOUNTAIN HAWK AND GREAT DANE HISTORY First meeting in 2005, Lehigh and UAlbany have met seven times total. The Mountain Hawks lead the series 5-2. In 2016, Lehigh took both games of the doubleheader 5-4 and 9-0.

Henige Goes 3-4 in Softball's 7-3 Win over UMBC
Softball 04/15/2017

ALBANY, N.Y.— UAlbany wins the last game of the three game series 7-3 over UMBC. Today's game was UAlbany Softball's Alumni Day where previous players came to support the current Danes. Making the alumni proud, the Great Danes totaled 11 hits in six innings. Devin Durando controlled the mound pitching all seven innings. Durando struck out seven batters and allowed no earned runs. In the top of the first inning, it was all about Sarah Petzold. After catching a ball deep in left field, a UMBC runner was stuck half way to second base. Petzold saw opportunity and fired a perfect throw to Kelly Barkevich on first to capture the out. Moving to the bottom of the inning, the Great Danes were able to score first. Elizabeth Snow shot a ball deep and took her spot on second. An RBI then came from Chelsea Henige with a ball placed into left field (1-0). In the second inning, McKenzie Bump walked to first base. Up next, Addy Simpson moved her over with a sacrifice bunt. Once again, Petzold came to the rescue and tripled into right field to score Bump. Two RBIs came from Shaye Swiatek and Donna Conrad, each scoring one runner. Frustrating UMBC, the Retrievers changed pitchers with Liz Snow at bat. The new pitcher was unable to place three hittable balls over the plate causing Snow to walk. Next up, Chelsea Henige cranked a two base ball to score Snow. At the end of the second the Great Danes led 5-0. The Retrievers retaliated in the third causing UAlbany to sit back on their heels. UMBC scored three runs in the inning, all unearned (5-3). UAlbany added a run in the bottom of the inning from an RBI by Swiatek. The last UAlbany run came in the bottom of the fourth from two back-to-back doubles from Snow and Henige. UAlbany will take the field again next Saturday in Bethlehem, PA to face Lehigh for a doubleheader at 1 PM.

Play UAlbany Softball Splits with UMBC in Doubleheader
Softball 04/14/2017

ALBANY, N.Y.—The University at Albany Softball team faced UMBC in two games this afternoon. Both teams left the doubleheader with one win with scores of 4-2 in favor of UAlbany and 7-3 in favor of UMBC. Tomorrow, the teams will meet again on University Field at 12 PM for the #AEFoodFrenzy game, which will close out the series. After today's games UAlbany stands 2-7 in conference play, while UMBC sits at 3-4. GAME 1 (W 4-2) Bailey Turner earned the win for the Great Danes this afternoon striking out three batters. The Great Danes took a back seat to UMBC in the first game allowing them to score first in the third inning. However, when put to the test, UAlbany countered with four. In the bottom of the third, Shaye Swiatek singled to center field and Aliyah Wade walked to first. Then Donna Conrad reached first base on an error loading the bases to set Liz Snow up with a golden opportunity. At the plate, Snow shot the ball deep into centerfield scoring both runners to tie the score 2-2. Next up Chelsea Henige flied out to center field, which allowed Conrad to tag and score. Snow was then sent in by Kelly Barkevich's single up the middle. Neither team was able to produce more runs after the third. The final score read 4-2 in favor of the Great Danes. GAME 2 (L 7-3) In Game 2, Celeste Verdolivo stepped into the circle pitching five innings. UMBC scored first once again in the top of the third, with one run caused by three Retriever hits. In the bottom of the 4th, the momentum switched back to the Great Danes. Henige started the inning off with a single up the middle. However, it was McKenzie Bump that changed the pace with a long ball over the fence causing the Great Danes to take the lead 2-1. In the 5th, 6th and 7th innings the Retrievers switched gears to add in six more runs. UAlbany made great defensive plays, but they were unable to catch UMBC's lead. At UAlbany

Softball to Face UMBC in #AEFoodFrenzy Game
Softball 04/13/2017

ALBANY, N.Y.— UAlbany Softball will face the UMBC Golden Retrievers this Friday and Saturday at home for a three game conference series. GAME SCHEDULE: Friday, April 14th: @ 1PM @ 3 PM Saturday, April 15th: @ 12 PM ** **#AEFoodFrenzy LOOKING AT UALBANY The UAlbany Softball Team will look to senior leader and the America East Player of the Week, Elizabeth Snow to reverse their three-game losing streak. Snow batted .600 last week including a 2-2 Game Three against UMass Lowell with home runs at each at bat. The Great Danes are currently 1-6 in conference play. Their last conference matchup was against the Binghamton Bearcats where they fell (6-5, 4-0) in the doubleheader. UAlbany continues to have impressive offensive statistics in the America East Conference leading the team batting average with .296. Individual Offensive Category Leaders as of 4/13: Runs Scored- Aliyah Wade (29) Doubles- Elizabeth Snow (13) Home Runs- Elizabeth Snow (9) Total Bases- Elizabeth Snow (73) Stolen Bases- Aliyah Wade (16-17) SCOUTING UMBC The UMBC Golden Retrievers are currently 18-20 overall and 2-3 in conference play. Last time out they matched up with Maryland Eastern Shore with two wins (1-0, 5-0). In conference they faced the Stony Brook Seawolves in a three game series with a 2-1 record. In Game 3 against Stony Brook (5-3), UMBC was scoreless for five innings and pulled out 5 runs in the sixth with two home runs from Toni Santonastasso and Kaelin Jackson. Player to Watch: The junior Kim Puccio was named the America East Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season. Last week, she went 2-0 with a .58 ERA, allowing one run against Stony Brook. She struck out 10 batters and walked no one. 2016 UMBC/UALBANY MATCH-UP Last season, UMBC and the Great Danes met in Baltimore, MD on UMBC's home field. As one game was cancelled, they only played one do

Danes Slip 6-5 in a 7th Inning Walk-off to Binghamton
Softball 04/12/2017

VESTAL, N.Y.-- Another walk-off seventh inning by a UAlbany opponent leaves the Great Danes trailing 0-2 in the doubleheader against Binghamton. A close first game left UAlbany trailing 6-5 and the second game trailing 4-0. In conference play, this moves UAlbany to 1-6 and Binghamton to 4-0. GAME 1 (6-5 L) UAlbany started the game by switching around a few key players to create a new line-up they had never used before. Celeste Verdolivo (5-6) took the loss for the Danes and pitched all seven innings. The Great Danes were able to move their bats more than Binghamton in the first game with 11 total hits compared to the Bearcats' 7. In the first inning, Donna Conrad and Chelsea Henige reached third and first respectively on a single and a fielder's choice. It was Kelly Barkevich that came to the rescue and homered into the left field sending in three runs. Binghamton then countered in the second with two runs from a combination of a walk, a single, and a double. In the top of the third, three singles and a fielder's choice created energy for the Great Danes from Donna Conrad, Elizabeth Snow, Chelsea Henige, and Kelly Barkevich. However, it was not until McKenzie Bump's single to right field that scored a run (4-4). The Great Danes were then able to pull ahead in the top of the fifth with another RBI from Bump (5-4). The Bearcats were unable to score in the bottom of the fifth or sixth inning. However, after the Great Danes did not score in the top of the 7th, Binghamton picked up the pace. With a runner sitting on third, Binghamton sent a sacrifice to centerfield allowing the runner to tag and tie the score 5-5. UAlbany needed one out to send the game into extra innings, but the Binghamton batter singled to the shortstop creating two back to back Great Dane errors. The final score read 6-5 in favor of the Bearcats. GAME 2 (4-0 L) Devin Durando (3-2) pitched for th

Liz Snow Earns America East Player of the Week
Softball 04/11/2017

ALBANY, N.Y.—Liz Snow was named the America East Player of the Week for the third time in the 2017 season. This is Snow's eighth time recognized with an America East weekly award, and her fifth Player of the Week selection. Snow batted .600 in the 3-2 week for the Great Danes who faced Cornell (2-0) and UMass Lowell (1-2). She went 9-15 overall, slugging 1.467 which included three home runs, a triple, and two doubles. Against Cornell, in both games of the doubleheader combined she went 5-5. Additionally, in the third game against UMass Lowell, she went 2-2 with homeruns at each at bat. The Great Danes will next face conference rival, Binghamton in Vestal, N.Y. for a doubleheader.

Softball Falls 9-8 to UMass Lowell in 7th Inning Walk-off
Softball 04/09/2017

LOWELL, M.A.-- With a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh, the UMass Lowell River Hawks took the last game of the three-game series 9-8 over the University at Albany. The Great Danes started the game strong with three runs in the first inning. Aliyah Wade and Donna Conrad showed great teamwork. When Wade found her spot on first base, Conrad singled up through the right side to send her teammate home. It was Liz Snow who accounted the next two runs with a homerun to right center (3-0). The River Hawks struck back in the bottom of the second tying the score at 3-3. A UAlbany error allowed the first runner on base and a walk sent another batter following behind. UMass Lowell then laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners. Then the River Hawks singled through short stop scoring two. The next batter up used the momentum and shot a ball to right field to score the remaining runner on base (3-3). In the top of the third with two outs and no runners on base, Liz Snow did it again. Snow sent a ball sailing over left field putting the Danes ahead 4-3. This lead did not last very long. With two hits in the bottom of the inning, UMass Lowell was able to convert another run tying the score 4-4.

Softball Splits with UMass Lowell
Softball 04/08/2017

LOWELL, M.A.— UAlbany Softball faced UMass Lowell this afternoon taking only one game of the doubleheader (L 6-9, W 4-2). This moves the University at Albany's overall record to 16-10 and their conference record to 1-3. GAME 1 (6-9) In this high scoring matchup, Bailey Turner (5-5) took the mound pitching the first four innings. UAlbany was able to get on the board first. Aliyah Wade walked to first base. When she stole second, UMass Lowell's catcher overthrew to second allowing Wade to stand on third. Next up, Donna Conrad flied out to left field, allowing Wade to tag and score. The Great Danes led 1-0. In the bottom of the first, the River Hawks flew past the Danes scoring three runs. UMass Lowell was able to take advantage of two walks and a Great Dane error. In the third inning, the Great Danes battled back with lead-off batter, Sarah Petzold's homerun (2-3 Lowell). Then with two outs, the Great Danes went on a four-hit run. Aliyah Wade took her place on first base with a single to the short stop. Following Wade's lead, Donna Conrad singled to center field. Then, clean-up batter Liz Snow fulfilled her duties hitting a two-base shot in center field to score both Wade and Conrad (4-3). Chelsea Henige was smart at the plate and was walked. The last hit of the inning came from senior Mackenzie Cleary who sent a single up the middle to score Snow (5-3). UMass Lowell began to chip away at UAlbany's lead, scoring one run in the fourth inning and four runs in the bottom of the fifth (5-8). Celester Verdolivo came into relieve Turner in the top of the fifth. In the top of the sixth, the Danes regained focus under senior leadership by Cleary. Cleary started off the inning with a double into left field. She was able to advance to third from an illegal pitch by UMass Lowell's pitcher. Next up, Addy Simpson grounded out to the short stop sending in Cleary (6-8). The River

Softball Travels to UMass Lowell for a Three Game Series
Softball 04/07/2017

ALBANY, N.Y.— The UAlbany Softball team will face their second conference opponent of the season, the UMass Lowell River Hawks in Lowell, MA this Saturday and Sunday. Game Schedule: Sat, April 8 @ 1PM @ 3 PM Sun, April 9 @ 12 PM The Great Danes last took the field this past Wednesday in a doubleheader sweeping Cornell (9-0 and 5-1). UAlbany totaled 18 hits in two games, including homeruns from Donna Conrad and Liz Snow. Bailey Turner and Celeste Verdolivo both hand standout performances on the mound allowing only three hits combined. UAlbany looks to improve their conference record of 0-2 after losing both games last weekend to the Stony Brook Seawolves.