ALBANY, N.Y.— UAlbany wins the last game of the three game series 7-3 over UMBC. Today’s game was UAlbany Softball’s Alumni Day where previous players came to support the current Danes. Making the alumni proud, the Great Danes totaled 11 hits in six innings.
"It was a great weekend overall with all of the former alumni coming back. Most of those kids were the foundation of the softball program and it was great to be around everyone again and have their support," said Head Coach Chris Cannata.
Devin Durando controlled the mound pitching all seven innings. Durando struck out seven batters and allowed no earned runs.
"We got a well-pitched, complete game out of Devin and some timely hits that led to a big win today," said Cannata.
In the top of the first inning, it was all about Sarah Petzold. After catching a ball deep in left field, a UMBC runner was stuck half way to second base. Petzold saw opportunity and fired a perfect throw to Kelly Barkevich on first to capture the out.
Moving to the bottom of the inning, the Great Danes were able to score first. Elizabeth Snow shot a ball deep and took her spot on second. An RBI then came from Chelsea Henige with a ball placed into left field (1-0).
In the second inning, McKenzie Bump walked to first base. Up next, Addy Simpson moved her over with a sacrifice bunt. Once again, Petzold came to the rescue and tripled into right field to score Bump. Then two RBIs came from Shaye Swiatek and Donna Conrad, each scoring one runner. The Great Danes began frustrating UMBC causing a Retriever pitching change. However, the new pitcher was unable to place three hittable balls over the plate and walked the first batter she faced. Next up at the plate was Chelsea Henige who cranked a two-base RBI to send the Danes 5-0 over UMBC.
The Retrievers retaliated in the third causing UAlbany to sit back on their heels. UMBC scored three runs in the inning, all unearned (5-3). UAlbany added a run in the bottom of the inning from an RBI by Swiatek.
The last UAlbany run came in the bottom of the fourth from two back-to-back doubles from Snow and Henige.
UAlbany will be back on the field next Saturday in Bethlehem, PA to face Lehigh for a doubleheader at 1 PM.