Softball Eliminated in Tuscaloosa Regional
TUSCALOOSA, AL— After a four hour and thirty-minute rain delayed start time, the Great Danes fell to Louisiana Tech 8-1 in the first elimination game of the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional. This concludes the Great Danes' season finishing with an overall record of 27-18.
"This weekend, getting an opportunity to play against Alabama in this beautiful stadium, and in the atmosphere with all of their fans was such a great experience for our underclassman. And I couldn't think of a better way to say goodbye to our seniors. They won as freshman, and now they got to play again in the regionals and leave with another championship ring. We will miss them on the field, but more importantly we will miss them as people and I will cherish all of the time that we have spent together during these past four years," said head coach Cannata.
Louisiana Tech scored first in the bottom of the first inning with two singles through the infield. In the bottom of the second and third they added an additional six runs to the board with the help of a two-run home run by the Lady Techster's Morgan Turkoly.
The Great Danes were able to counter with one run in the top of the fourth. Sarah Petzold started off the inning with a hard-hit double into left field. Donna Conrad then moved her over with a single over the third baseman, but it was Kelly Spear who recorded the RBI with a long ball tapping the left field fence.
The Lady Techsters added their last run of the game in the bottom of the fifth to make the final score 8-1.
UAlbany recorded a 27-18 overall record and a conference record of 8-7. Finishing fifth in regular season America East play, the Great Danes earned their spot in the NCAA Tournament by winning the America East Tournament for the sixth time in program history.
"I'm really so proud of how far this team has come in the last few weeks. We were inconsistent for most of the season in all aspects of the game, and to turn things around and to finally come together as a team was so very rewarding to see as a coach. The way we played in the conference championship, and the way we played this weekend in the NCAA regionals was exactly what we were trying to get out of them all season long," said Cannata.