Softball Drops Series Finale At Stony Brook

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. – After splitting the first two games of the regular season opening series with Stony Brook, the University at Albany lost a close final game with the Seawolves 5-4.  This weekend’s matchup featured the top two seeds in the America East preseason coaches’ poll, as well as a rematch of last year’s America East Final.  Stony Brook (10-11) took the series 2-1.

Brittany MacFawn (4-4) started the game on the mound for UAlbany (9-7), pitching 6.2 innings, giving up five runs (two earned) on four strikeouts and zero walks.  She took a one-run lead into the top of the seventh inning, but Stony Brook scored two to end the game 5-4.

Unlike the first two games, UAlbany found itself in a small hole early on in the game, after Stony Brook struck first with one run in the bottom of the first inning.  In the top of the third inning, the Danes got onto the scoreboard themselves, scoring two runs.  Kate Biasi led off the inning with a single to left-center.  Biasi then advanced to second on Vicky McFarland’s sacrifice hit.  Kelly Costello doubled down the left field line, scoring Biasi.  Maggie Cocks then singled to right field, advancing Costello to third.  After Charlise Castro struck out, Elizabeth Snow singled to right field, scoring Costello, and giving UAlbany a 2-1 lead.

Stony Brook added another run of their own in the bottom of the third.  Both teams were scoreless in the fourth inning, before UAlbany scored once more in the top of the fifth on a bases-loaded groundout to second by Marlin Solano that scored Cocks from third base.  Stony Brook answered in the bottom of the inning, knotting the game at three.

UAlbany scored its last run in the top of the seventh inning.  Castro led off the inning with a walk, and then Snow singled to center field.  Solano grounded out to the catcher, advancing Castro to third and Snow to second.  Two batters later, Lauren Alcorn singled to center field, scoring Castro.  Snow attempted to score as well, but was thrown out at home by Stony Brook’s center fielder.  UAlbany took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Stony Brook pulled out two runs to clinch the game 5-4.

The Danes will next compete on Saturday, March 29, in the first two games of a three game set at home against Binghamton.  UAlbany will play its next 10 games at home, before playing another road game.

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