Great Danes Split Saturday Twin Bill With Stony Brook
Game One: Stony Brook 4, UAlbany 0
Game Two: UAlbany 6, Stony Brook 3
Records: UAlbany (17-10, 6-1), Stony Brook: (19-13, 6-4)
Short Story: The University at Albany softball team battled to a split in Saturday afternoon’s America East doubleheader with Stony Brook at Albany Field.
The Great Danes fell in game one, 4-0, before bouncing back with a 6-3 victory in game two to even the series.
- Maranda Jimenez turned in a 2-for-3 performance on the day and led the squad with three RBI.
- In the circle, Celeste Verdolivo earned her 12th win of the season with a victory in game two.
- Alexis Phillips picked up her fifth stolen base of the spring with a stolen base in the game two win.
- The Great Danes improve to 17-7 all-time against Stony Brook at home.
Stony Brook opened the day with a three-spot in the top of the first inning. After an error and a walk allowed the Seawolves to occupy first and second base, the visitors would plate three runs with a pair of back-to-back singles.
Verdolivo and Taylor Light would combined to pitch five scoreless inning for the Great Danes who entered the sixth inning down 3-0.
UAlbany threatened with a pair of baserunners in the home half of the sixth but Katelyn Corr retired the side to keep the Great Danes scoreless.
Stony Brook’s offense would strike a final time in the seventh, as Taylor Pechin hit a leadoff homerun to make it a 4-0 game. Melissa Rahrich went the distance for the Seawolves, striking out six in the complete game shutout.
Paced by three RBI from Maranda Jimenez, the Great Danes' offense came alive in the backend of Saturday’s double header.
Jimenez, Katie Falotico and Chelsea Henige each picked up a pair of hits in the outing, while Henige finished the contest with two RBI. Verdolivo pitched a strong 5.0 innings of relief as the Great Danes got themselves back into the win column.
The Great Danes quickly erased the Seawolves lead with three runs in the home half of the first. The squad plated a pair of runs on a Jimenez RBI double, then tacked on another when Henige laced a single to right field.
UAlbany later added another run in the third behind another hit from Henige to make it a 4-1 game.
Stony Brook cut the difference to one, 4-3, with a pair of runs in the fifth but the Great Danes offense answered yet again with two runs of their own to make it a 6-3 advantage.
Up three runs in the top of the seventh, Verdolivo retired the final three batters as the home team held on for the 6-3 win.
Up Next: The series rubber match will take place on Sunday with first pitch slated for 12 p.m. at Albany field.