Wisconsin Eliminates Softball 8-4
EUGENE, Ore. – After staving off elimination in its first game of the day, the University at Albany softball team lost a rematch elimination game to Wisconsin 8-4, knocking themselves out of the NCAA tournament and ending their season.
Brittany MacFawn started her third consecutive NCAA Tournament game, and her second of the day, pitching a complete game, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 15 hits with four strikeouts and three walks. She pitched a total of 14.0 innings on the day.
UAlbany jumped on the board early, taking a 4-0 lead into the fourth inning. In the bottom of the first, Vicky McFarland led off drawing a walk. Kelly Costello struck out swinging and McFarland advanced to second on a passed ball. Maggie Cocks singled to right, scoring McFarland from second.
After a scoreless second inning, UAlbany added three more runs in the bottom of the third. Caitlin Cooped led off lining out to left field. McFarland hit a single down the left field line, and Costello hit a single to left, advancing to second on a fielding error by Wisconsin’s left fielder, that also advanced McFarland to third. After Cocks popped up to shortstop, Charlise Castro hit her second home run in two games, scoring McFarland and Costello.
Wisconsin quickly responded, scoring two runs in the top of the fifth, and two more in the top of the sixth, to tie the game at four. In the top of the seventh, Wisconsin scored four more runs to take an 8-4 lead, which would end up being the final score. McFarland hit 2-3 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Castro hit 1-3 with a home run and three RBIs.
The Danes ended the season with a record of 34-13, with a conference record of 14-3. They finished second in the regular season standings in the America East, and went on to win the America East Tournament for the fifth time, also making their fifth NCAA Tournament. The win over Utah Valley earlier today was the program’s third NCAA Tournament victory in history.