MacFawn Sets Strikeouts Record In Sweep Of Hartford
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Capping off a three-game sweep of conference rival Hartford, the University at Albany starting pitcher Brittany MacFawn broke the career UAlbany strikeouts record against the first batter she faced in the bottom of the first inning. MacFawn began the season in second place on the strikeouts list with 615 through her first three seasons, training only Leah McIntosh (2007-10) who recorded 725 strikeouts during her career. MacFawn entered today’s game tied with McIntosh on the all-time list, and broke the tie with a swinging strikeout against her first batter in today’s start. MacFawn ended the day with 11 strikeouts, bringing her career total to 736. She also leads the UAlbany program in complete games (83) and innings pitched (682.1), is tied for first in games started (97), and trails Casey Halloran (2004-07) by one in wins with 72.
MacFawn (10-5) additionally let up only one run on five hits in her complete game. The Danes (19-9, 8-3) once again struck early, scoring one run in the top of the first inning. Vicky McFarland led off the game with a single to center. Kelly Costello hit a sacrifice bunt to the catcher, advancing McFarland to second. After Maggie Cocks flied out to left, Charlise Castro hit a single, scoring McFarland from second.
UAlbany added two more runs in the top of the second inning. Elizabeth Snow hit a single to left field to lead off the inning, followed by another single to left by Lauren Alcorn. After Jess Tate struck out, Alexa Toole walked to load the bases. McFarland hit a single to left, scoring Snow and advancing all other runners safely. With the bases still loaded, Costello hit a single to center, scoring Alcorn, and keeping the bases loaded.
The Danes scored their fourth and final run in the top of the fifth. McFarland led off the inning with a double to left center, and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Costello worked a walk to put runners on the corners, and proceeded to steal second. McFarland scored on the play due to an error by the catcher. Hartford (7-21, 1-8) added their only run in the bottom of the inning, a two-out RBI triple, to bring the final score to 4-1 in UAlbany’s favor. McFarland hit 3-4 from the leadoff spot with one RBI and two runs scored. Costello batted 1-2 with one RBI and a walk. Castro hit 1-3 with one RBI.
UAlbany faces yet another quick turnaround, as the team will head on the road for doubleheaders Tuesday and Wednesday against Colgate and Cornell.