Seven Homeruns Send UAlbany Softball over Siena
ALBANY, N.Y.—The Great Danes hosted their first doubleheader of the 2017 season winning both games against the Siena Saints. UAlbany was very aggressive at the plate sending seven homeruns over the fence at Albany Field.
Head Coach Chris Cannata was pleased with the team’s performance. “We were very happy to finally get on our home field today and play. We limited the walks and played much better defense in both games. Offensively we had a great day at the plate combining for seven home runs on the day. We need to build on today and take that momentum into this weekend when we open up conference play,” said Cannata.
*First career homerun
GAME 1 (11-3 in 5 Innings)
Bailey Turner took control of the mound for UAlbany in the first game. The Great Danes were off to a shaky start as they were down 0-2 after a walk and a homerun.
In the bottom of the first, UAlbany looked to counter Siena’s early lead. The first two batters, McKenzie Bump and Aliyah Wade, earned spots on base from walks by Siena’s pitcher, Maddie McMahon. With more pitching trouble, Bump and Wade were able to advance to second and third on a passed ball. Then, Donna Conrad sent UAlbany’s first homerun of the day out of the park, placing three runs on the board (3-1).
Siena managed to tie the score at 3-3 in the top of the second with a combination of a double and an RBI single.
Nearly half of UAlbany’s runs came in the bottom of the second inning. Mackenzie Cleary led off the inning and was walked to first base. Shaye Swiatek then put the ball in play and was out at first. However, Cleary was able to advance to third due to an error by Siena. Up next, McKenzie Bump took a homerun swing scoring two more runs (5-3). After, Aliyah Wade hit the ball back at the pitcher forcing an error and claiming her spot on first. Donna Conrad joined Wade on base with a single up the left side. Liz Snow then cleared the bases with UAlbany’s third homerun of the game making the score 8-3.
However, the Great Danes were not done in the 2nd innning. In the bottom of the 3rd they scored three additional runs from two walks and Donna Conrad’s second homerun of the game.
The fourth and fifth innings remained scoreless making the final score 11-3 in five innings.
GAME 2 (7-2)
McKenzie Bump started off the game in the bottom of the first inning with a single to left field. Aliyah Wade then took her place on first base on a fielder’s choice and stole second shortly after. Donna Conrad advanced the runner, but was out at first. Taking advantage of a passed ball thrown by Siena’s pitcher, Wade advanced home making the score 1-0.
Siena quickly answered with a run in the second. A combination of a walk and a Great Dane error led two Saints on base. Siena then hit a sacrifice fly in right field to send a runner home.
In the bottom of the second, Chelsea Henige took her place on first base with a single to right center. Then, with a powerful swing Kelly Spear hit her first career home run as a Great Dane into left field. With both Henige and Spear crossing the plate, UAlbany led Siena 3-1.
The Saints countered Spear’s home run in the top of the third, with a homerun from junior Paige Hess (3-2).
UAlbany began to stretch their lead in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings. Shaye Swiatek singled to right field to start UAlbany’s hits. Then Bump homered to right field making the score 5-2. In the sixth inning, two more runs came from freshman Kelly Barkevich’s first career homerun (7-2).
UAlbany was able to hold Siena scoreless in the 7th inning, leaving a final score of 7-2 in favor of the Danes.
Celeste Verdolivo (4-3) earned the win in the circle for UAlbany. Verdolivo struck out two batters and allowed four hits. Devin Durando contributed to the pitching coming in during the 6th inning only allowing one hit.
Up next, UAlbany will open up conference play this weekend hosting the Stony Brook Seawolves at Albany Field on April 1st and 2nd.
Game Schedule against Stony Brook:
Saturday, April 1- @ 1:00 PM
@ 3:00 PM
Sunday, April 2- @12:00 PM