Softball's 15-2 Win Over Mount St. Mary's Closes Out the North Florida Invitational
JACKSONVILLE, FL-- UAlbany finishes the North Florida Invitational today with a 3-2 tournament 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)
North Florida: L (3-15)
La Salle: W (4-2)
Western Carolina: W (1-0)
Mount St. Mary’s MD: W (15-2)
MOUNT ST. MARY’S MD (15-2)
The Great Danes took on the Mount for the second time at the North Florida Invitational. Previously on day one, UAlbany lost in five innings to the Mount with a score of 6-14. However, on day three, the Great Danes reversed the flow and won 15-2 in five innings.
Defensively this was one of the Danes best performances of the season, not making a single error. Freshman, Bailey Turner took the circle for UAlbany striking out two batters and only allowing two runs. This is Turner’s third win of the season.
In the first inning, UAlbany started off strong with a 1-0 lead. Aliyah Wade reached first by a walk and stole second base. Donna Conrad then put the Great Danes on the board with a single up the middle scoring Wade.
UAlbany started to hit stride in the 3rd inning. McKenzie Bump was up first and walked to first base. Then, Wade hit a triple sending Bump home. Adding to the hits, Conrad's RBI single down the left field line scored Wade. Next up, Liz Snow was hit by the pitch earning a spot on first base, this was the second hit by pitch she faced during this game. Looking for a hit, Chelsea Henige singled down the left field line which advanced Snow and scored Conrad. With the score (4-0), Kelly Spear sent a double into center field scoring both Henige and Snow. Senior, Mackenzie Cleary was added to the bases with a single, and advanced her teammate to third. Then, freshman Addy Simpson made the score 8-0, with a double, two run RBI.
The Great Dane success forced a pitching change in the Mount St. Mary’s line up in the middle of the inning. Freshman, Jordan Weaver stepped into the circle to face the Great Danes in the third.
The next two batters up for the Danes were sent on base by a walk and by a hit by pitch, loading the bases. However, UAlbany was not able to convert and left three on base to close the inning.
The Great Danes were not done in the 3rd inning and had an even more offensive 4th inning. Henige started off the hits in the 4th with a single to left field and stole second once on base. Sarah Petzold then joined Henige on base as she was walked by the Mount pitching trouble, causing another pitching change. Kaylee Cross, another freshman for the Mount was sent into pitch. Cross loaded the Great Dane bases with another walk. Kelly Barkevich took advantage of the opportunity and hit in another Great Dane run, with a Mount fielding error in right field. Next, Simpson’s single up the middle scored two more Great Danes creating an 11-0 lead over the Mount.
With two runners on base, Bump drilled a double to left center field, scoring Simpson and Barkevich. Bump sitting on third, was hit in by Snow's third home run of the tournament making the score 15-0 in favor of the Great Danes.
The Mount fought back in the bottom of the 4th inning with two homeruns in three batters by the Mount’s senior Rachel Heinze and sophomore Emilee Kirk.
With a scoreless 5th inning, the Great Danes cut the game short by mercy-rule with a final score of 15-2.
UAlbany will be back on the field next weekend in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the Puerto Rico Classico where they will play Furman at 10 AM (EST).