Bill Ziskin

UAlbany Softball Splits with UMBC in Doubleheader

UAlbany Sports Information   04-14-2017

ALBANY, N.Y.—The University at Albany Softball team faced UMBC in two games this afternoon. Both teams left the doubleheader with one win with scores of 4-2 in favor of UAlbany and 7-3 in favor of UMBC.

Tomorrow, the teams will meet again on University Field at 12 PM for the #AEFoodFrenzy game, which will close out the series.

After today’s games UAlbany stands 2-7 in conference play, while UMBC sits at 3-4.

GAME 1 (W 4-2)

Bailey Turner earned the win for the Great Danes this afternoon striking out three batters. The Great Danes took a back seat to UMBC in the first game allowing them to score first in the third inning. However, when put to the test, UAlbany countered with four.

In the bottom of the third, Shaye Swiatek singled to center field and Aliyah Wade walked to first. Then Donna Conrad reached first base on an error loading the bases to set Liz Snow up with a golden opportunity. At the plate, Snow shot the ball deep into centerfield scoring both runners to tie the score 2-2. Next up Chelsea Henige flied out to center field, which allowed Conrad to tag and score. Snow was then sent in by Kelly Barkevich’s single up the middle. Neither team was able to produce more runs after the third.

The final score read 4-2 in favor of the Great Danes.

GAME 2 (L 7-3)

In Game 2, Celeste Verdolivo stepped into the circle pitching five innings.

UMBC scored first once again in the top of the third, with one run caused by three Retriever hits.

In the bottom of the 4th, the momentum switched back to the Great Danes. Henige started the inning off with a single up the middle. However, it was McKenzie Bump that changed the pace with a long ball over the fence causing the Great Danes to take the lead 2-1.

In the 5th,  6th and 7th innings the Retrievers switched gears to add in six more runs. UAlbany made great defensive plays, but they were unable to catch UMBC’s lead.

At UAlbany’s last ups, Kelly Spear was the only Great Dane to get a hit with a homerun over the fence. This left the final score 7-3 in favor of the Retrievers.

UAlbany will face UMBC tomorrow for the final game of the series at 12 P.M.

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