UAlbany Softball Splits DH at Binghamton; Rubber Game Tomorrow Determines Regular Season Title

Photo: Brittany MacFawn (above) broke the single-season strikeout record against Binghamton on Saturday, May 4. 

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VESTAL, N.Y. – It all comes down to tomorrow. The University at Albany softball team took one of two in a doubleheader against Binghamton University on Saturday, May 4, at BU Sports Complex. With the split, tomorrow’s rubber game will determine who claims the America East regular season title. The winner will also represent the No. 1 seed for next weekend’s 2013 America East Conference Tournament.

Junior Brittany MacFawn started both games for the Great Danes. With her combined eight strikeouts, the right-handed hurler broke UAlbany’s single-season strikeout record (252) set by Casey Halloran in 2006. MacFawn finished the day with 256 Ks.

Binghamton (29-14, 14-3 AE) took game one, 3-1. They came on strong with two runs in the first inning behind freshman Tiffany McIntosh. She hit a two-run shot to give the Bearcats a 2-0 lead. Binghamton added a third run in the fourth as junior Mikayla King homered.

The Great Danes scored their lone run in the sixth. It was sophomore Alexa Toole who hit her second homer of the season. One of only four hits for UAlbany (34-13, 14-2 AE).

MacFawn went six innings, allowing eight hits, three earned runs, two walks and striking out six. Sophomore Demi Laney (15-5) went the complete game in the Bearcat win. She struck out eight.

With the America East regular season title on the line, UAlbany rallied to take game two, 3-2. They scored two runs in the third and a run in the fourth, holding off Binghamton. MacFawn went for her second complete game of the day in the victory.

The Great Danes found the scoreboard first off the bat of freshman Maggie Cocks. She drove-in sophomores Vicky McFarland and Toole in bottom of the third, who each singled earlier in the inning. One frame later, UAlbany made it 3-0 as senior Lindsey Stout singled to drive-in junior Taylor Franich.

McIntosh hit her second two-run dinger of the day in the bottom of fifth, cutting the Bearcats deficit to two runs. However, MacFawn rebounded to close like she’s done all season. The right-handed hurler limited Binghamton to just one hit over the final two innings.

Franich and Stout each had two hits in the win. MacFawn (25-7) allowed four hits, two earned runs, walked one and struck out two. Senior Rhoda Marsteller (9-5) went seven innings, allowing eight hits, three earned runs, five strikeouts.

Tomorrow’s season finale is scheduled to start at noon. Follow @UAlbanySports for live Twitter updates as UAlbany goes for their fifth America East regular season title.