Softball Falls 9-8 to UMass Lowell in 7th Inning Walk-off
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.
In conference play, this moves UAlbany to a record of 1-4 and UMass Lowell to a record of 4-1.
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.
In the bottom of the fourth, UMass Lowell took a two run 6-4 lead. With a walk and another error from the Great Danes, the River Hawks were able to score their first run of the inning easily.
Down by two in the top of the fifth, Wade was the first runner on base for the Great Danes as she was walked by the River Hawk pitcher. Scared of power hitter Liz Snow and her two previous homeruns, Snow was intentionally walked. With two outs, Chelsea Henige stepped up to the plate and singled to the right side scoring Wade.
In the top of the seventh, the Great Danes started off with two runners on base from walks. UMass Lowell quickly turned the momentum around with a double-play. However, freshman infielder Kelly Barkevich remained unphased and sent the first pitch she saw flying over the scoreboard for a two-run homerun.
Looking for at least two runs in the bottom of the seventh, UMass Lowell created two base hits to start the inning. With a passed ball, both runners were placed in scoring position. Then a short, missed blooper in the infield allowed the runner on third to take off to home making the score 8-7 with runners on first and third. The River Hawks were then able to tie the score 8-8 with a perfectly placed hit in left field. Still with one out, UMass Lowell singled again to centerfield to load the bases. To seal the deal, UMass Lowell hit a walk-off sacrifice fly sending in the runner on third.
The Great Danes will next face Binghamton this Wednesday in Vestal, N.Y. for a doubleheader at 1 PM and 3 PM.