UAlbany Softball Triumphs in Rubber Game Against Stony Brook, 4-0
Photo: Maggie Cocks (above) hit her third homer of the season on Sunday, April 14 as UAlbany defeated Stony Brook.
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany softball team defeated Stony Brook University, 4-0, in the rubber game of the two’s three-game series on April 14, 2013 at Albany Field. With the victory, the Great Danes improved to 8-1 in conference play – first in the America East. Junior Brittany MacFawn finished the day one strikeout short of the 500 career milestone. The program has seen only two players reach the mark.
After two-extra inning doubleheader’s yesterday, 21 innings in total, UAlbany (21-10, 8-1 AE) needed just seven frames on Sunday. They scored one run in four straight innings to take a lead they’d never relinquish. The victory was their seventh shutout this season.
The scoring opened up in the bottom of the third. Sophomore Alexa Toole drew a walk to open up the inning. She was later driven in by sophomore Vicky McFarland who hit an RBI-single to center field. The Great Danes added a second one in the fourth as freshman Maggie Cocks rocketed her third homer of the season to left field.
Junior Taylor Franich was next to chip into the score. She slapped a single to center field in the fifth inning to increase the UAlbany lead to 3-0, From there, sophomore Marlin Solano pinch-hit in the fifth, ripping a single to right field for the team’s fourth RBI of the day.
Coming off yesterday’s 13 inning, complete game victory, MacFawn (13-6) recorded her 19th complete game of the season in the seven-inning win. She allowed four hits, two walks and struck out 10. Her 499 career strikeouts sit third on UAlbany’s all-time list.
Stony Brook (22-17, 5-4 AE) was held to four singles on the day. Sophomore Allison Cukrov took the loss for the Seawolves. She started, going 4.1 innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out five.
“It’s always important to win these series, especially when they are all tight games,” said head coach Chris Cannata. “I was really pleased with how the team batted today. This was encouraging for us heading into the final stretch of the season.”
UAlbany will next travel to Manhattan College on Tuesday, April 16 for a doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m.