Johnson Belts First Collegiate Homer as UAlbany Defeats Butler, 4-0

Photo: Annie Johnson (above) had a career day at the plate in the 4-0 victory on Friday. Captive Photons

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KISSIMMEE, FLA The University at Albany softball team triumphed over Butler University in a 4-0 win at the Rebel Games on Friday, March 15. Freshman Annie Johnson slugged her first collegiate homer in a three-hit performance to lead the Great Danes. Junior Brittany MacFawn also pitched a complete game one-hitter in the outing. This followed junior Emily Ostrom's one-hit performance yesterday. 

Johnson opened up the scoring for UAlbany in the second inning. SophomoreAlexa Toole led off with a line drive single to center field. From there, Johnson stepped into a one strike pitch and launched it over the left field wall. It was her first collegiate homer.

MacFawn would need no more run support as the right-handed hurler did not allow a runner to safely touch first base after the third inning. The only exception was a single throwing error. MacFawn (3-5) pitched her eighth complete game of the season, striking out seven and walking zero over six innings.  She is currently seventh in Great Dane program history with 43 complete games.

Reigning America East Rookie of the Year, Vicky McFarland, added two runs to put the game away in the sixth inning. She singled, scoring sophomore Bri Chevalier and Toole.

Johnson set a career-high in hits and RBIs. She went 3-for-4, driving in two and stealing a base.  Toole also recorded a three-hit performance, driving in two.  Taylor Lockwood was charged with the loss for Butler (8-12). She went 2.1 innings, allowing three hits off two earned runs.

UAlbany will play six more at the Rebel Games. They have tomorrow off before playing two on Sunday. The Great Danes will match up against UW- Green Bay at 11:00 a.m. followed by Rider University at 1:00 p.m.