Softball's 17 Hits Not Enough Against Stony Brook
ALBANY, N.Y.—The UAlbany Softball Team fell to Stony Brook this afternoon losing both games of the doubleheader. In both games combined, UAlbany out hit Stony Brook 17-13. One of the most offensive leaders, Elizabeth Snow is now in the record book once again. With a powerful double to left-field in the first game of the doubleheader, she now holds the most career doubles in UAlbany history.
Although the team had many offensive strides throughout the day, their defensive game was not as strong. Head coach Chris Cannata claims, "It's pretty clear cut as to what is going wrong. We are either going to get better defensively, or we are going to continually struggle to win games. Had we made some defensive plays, the entire day would have turned out differently."
GAME 1 (2-5)
As the home team, the Great Danes took the field first behind the freshman pitcher, Bailey Turner (4-4).
Stony Brook immediately took initiative in the first game and scored a run in the first inning. A walk and a sacrifice fly sent a Seawolf across the plate.
Scoring again in the 3rd, Stony Brook took a 4-0 lead from a three-run homerun from the pitcher and clean-up hitter, Irene Rivera.
Both teams did not score again until the 6th inning until a combination of hits came from Liz Snow and Chelsea Henige. Snow broke UAlbany history with her double to left center and Henige singled to left center to assist Snow’s her pinch runner, Courtney Courtade, home (4-1).
Not letting up, Stony Brook put more pressure on the Great Danes by scoring in the the top of the 7th. With two singles and a walk, Stony Brook made the score 5-1. Stony Brook loaded the bases, but the Great Danes made defensive stops to get out of the inning.
In the bottom of the 7th, Sarah Petzold led off the inning and was hit by a pitch. With two outs, McKenzie Bump brought life to the team with a long double sending Petzold home. However, this momentum was not enough to overcome Stony Brook’s three run lead.
The final score of the game was 2-5 in favor of the Seawolves.
GAME 2 (5-7)
In Game 2 of the doubleheader, Celeste Verdolivo stepped into the pitcher’s circle.
Stony Brook once again came out strong with momentum from the Game 1 win. In the first inning, Melissa Rahrich homered out of the park setting the tone for the Seawolves.
Not phased by the early lead, the Great Danes battled back with their biggest inning of the day. In the bottom of the second, Kelly Barkevich singled to third base and Kelly Spear followed right behind with a double into left field. Then, Sarah Petzold caused Stony Brook some confusion as she hit a hard ground ball to the second baseman. Stony Brook’s second baseman ignored Petzold because Barkevich was headed for home. Sliding under the tag at home plate, Barkevich was ruled safe. With runners on second and third, Aliyah Wade then singled up the middle hitting in Kelly Spear. Next up, Donna Conrad hit a double to left center to score the additional two runners left on base.
In the bottom of the third, the Great Danes led 4-1.
However, in the top of the fourth inning, Stony Brook began to chip away. With a Great Dane error from the shortstop, Stony Brook’s Chelsea Evans reached first base. She was then advanced by a single in right field. The Seawolves then forced another Great Dane error in left field scoring Evans. The final run from the top of the fourth came from a sacrifice fly to right field.
In the fifth inning, Stony Brook changed the flow of the game with five hits, four runs, and loaded bases. Batting through their entire line-up, Devin Durando was brought in to pitch and struck out the first batter she faced.
No runs were scored in the 6th or 7th inning making the final score 7-5 in favor of Stony Brook.
The Great Danes will next face Cornell in a doubleheader at home on Wednesday, April 5th beginning at 3:00 PM.