Liz Snow Breaks UAlbany Career Homerun Record with a 2-0 Day in Puerto Rico
LIZ SNOW BREAKS UALBANY CAREER HOMERUN RECORD
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 Bailey Turner took the mound pitching the first seven innings. The Great Danes scored quickly in the 2nd inning with a homerun blast from Mackenzie Cleary in left field (1-0).
The Rattler’s battled back with four hits in the 3rd inning, adding two runs to the score (1-2). In the top of the 5th, Florida A&M then knocked in another run from a Great Dane error and a double from sophomore Alexis Day (1-3).
Taking back control in the 6th inning, Donna Conrad singled to center field. Then, Liz Snow sent her record-breaking homerun over the fence scoring herself and Conrad to tie up the score 3-3.
Attempting to break the tie in the top of 7th, Florida A&M quickly added more runs to their score. With a total of four hits and one Great Dane error the Rattlers managed to take the lead 6-3. Looking to stay alive, UAlbany started the bottom of the 7th inning with a Kelly Barkevich single and a Sarah Petzold single. Aliyah Wade then walked loading the bases. With a big hit by Kelly Spear, she forced Florida A&M into extra innings. Spear’s hit caused a major error on third base scoring all three runners.
Both the Rattlers and the Great Danes went scoreless in the 8th inning.
In the bottom of the 9th inning Aliyah Wade started off the inning walking to first base and stealing second. Conrad then hit a fly ball to left field and Wade was signaled to run home. With a Florida A&M over throw, Wade safely crossed home plate sending the Danes to victory.
“We need to get better defensively and take some of the pressure off of our pitchers. We gave the other teams way too many outs today. Overall though, we fought hard as a team in order to come away with these two wins,” said Cannata.
UAlbany plays again tomorrow at the Puerto Rico Classico in San Juan, Puerto Rico against Howard at 10 AM and Furman at 12:30 PM.