UAlbany Softball Sweeps Maine In 11-Inning Pitcher's Duel; Keep Win Streak Rolling
Photo: Annie Johnson (above left) scored the game's winning run in the 11th inning over Maine on Monday, April 7.
ORONO, Maine- The University at Albany softball team swept the University of Maine in the finale of a three-game series on Monday, April 8 at Kessock Field, 1-0. The America East pitcher's duel went 10 scoreless frames before the Great Danes scored the game’s only run in the top of the 11th. With the extra inning victory, UAlbany extended their Division I program-best win streak to 14.
Great Dane starter Brittany MacFawn (11-5) pitched all 11 innings for a hard-earned complete game win. The junior right-hander has allowed two runs or less in her last seven starts (all complete game efforts). She’s averaging fewer than three hits to opponents per outing.
Black Bear junior Hannah Hill (2-10) also went the complete game. In a losing effort, the Maine starter struck out 11, walking three and giving up an unearned run. The two pitchers combined to face 80 batters.
The lone run was scored by freshman Annie Johnson. The UAlbany speedster reached on a bunt to open up the 11th inning. She advanced the bases on a single by junior Taylor Franich and sacrifice bunt by freshman Maggie Cocks. Johnson scored on a pass ball that rolled to the backstop.
Maine (5-29, 2-4 AE) opened up both the ninth and 10th inning with singles. They failed to advance the runner past second base in both scoring opportunities.
MacFawn struck out 10, allowing five hits and walking one. Johnson recorded a game-high two hits and stole her 21st base of the season. As a unit, the Great Danes left eight on-base. They outhit Maine, 6-5. It was the first extra inning's game UAlbany (19-7, 6-0 AE) has played this season.
The Great Danes will return home to host a doubleheader against Bryant University on Wednesday, April 10. First pitch is slated for 2:00 p.m.