Pitcher's Duel Quiets Great Dane Offense in 1-0 Loss to Minnesota
Photo: Brittany MacFawn (above) recorded her third complete game of the weekend.
FORT MYERS, FLA. -- The University at Albany softball team concluded their first tournament of the 2013 season on Sunday. They played five games in three days at the FGCU/LaQuinta Inn at the Airport Spring Break Invitational. On Sunday, the Great Danes played the University of Minnesota for the second time over the weekend. The tourny finale turned into a pitching duel with the Golden Gophers winning, 1-0.
UAlbany's Brittany MacFawn logged 19 innings in three starts at Fort Myers. The right-handed hurler pitched three complete games - including a six inning performance against the Golden Gophers on Sunday. MacFawn (0-3) scattered six hits, allowing one earned run and striking out two.
For Minnesota (7-7), Sara Moulton (7-4) nearly threw a perfect game. She went the complete game, pitching a no-hitter, striking out 12 and allowing a single walk to junior Charlise Castro in the fifth inning. Moulton has been stellar for the Golden Gophers, recording the win in each of their seven wins this season.
After two scoreless innings, Minnesota would score the only run of the game. A solo homer by shortstop Tyler Walker provided the scoring. She led all hitters, going 2-for-3.
MacFawn kept the Great Danes in the contest, despite their lack of offense. Minnesota had runners left on third base to end both the second and fifth inning. In total, the Golden Gophers went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
UAlbany had an opportunity to tie things up in the top of the fifth. Castro drew a walk to open the inning, she was then advanced to second with just one out. However, the Great Danes failed to move her around the bases with Maggie Cocks striking out and Alexa Toole popping out to end the inning.
The Great Danes will continue tournament play, March 1-3, at the Coastal Carolina Tournament in Conway, S.C. The weekend's games include two against the host and 2012 Big South Champion, Coastal Carolina. UAlbany will also battle Western Carolina, Drexel and Wichita State.