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Softball to Face UMBC in #AEFoodFrenzy Game

UAlbany Sports Information   04-13-2017

ALBANY, N.Y.— UAlbany Softball will face the UMBC Retrievers this Friday and Saturday at home for a three game conference series. In this face off, UAlbany's America East Player of the Week will go head to head with UMBC's America East Pitcher of the Week.

GAME SCHEDULE:
Friday, April 14th: @ 1PM

                          @ 3 PM

Saturday, April 15th: @ 12 PM **

**#AEFoodFrenzy

LOOKING AT UALBANY
The UAlbany Softball Team will look to senior leader and the America East Player of the Week, Elizabeth Snow to reverse their three-game losing streak. Snow batted .600 last week including a 2-2 showing against UMass Lowell with home runs at each at bat.

The Great Danes are currently 1-6 in conference play. Their last conference matchup was against the Binghamton Bearcats where they fell (6-5, 4-0) in the doubleheader.

UAlbany continues to have impressive offensive statistics in the America East Conference leading the team batting average with .296.

Individual Offensive Category Leaders as of 4/13:

Runs Scored- Aliyah Wade (29)
Doubles- Elizabeth Snow (13)
Home Runs- Elizabeth Snow (9)
Total Bases- Elizabeth Snow (73)
Stolen Bases- Aliyah Wade (16-17)

SCOUTING UMBC
The UMBC Retrievers are currently 18-20 overall and 2-3 in conference play. Last time out they matched up with Maryland Eastern Shore with two wins (1-0, 5-0). In conference they faced the Stony Brook Seawolves in a three game series with a 2-1 record. In Game 3 against Stony Brook (5-3), UMBC was scoreless for five innings and pulled out 5 runs in the sixth with two home runs from Toni Santonastasso and Kaelin Jackson.

Player to Watch: The junior Kim Puccio was named the America East Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season. Last week, she went 2-0 with a .58 ERA, allowing one run against Stony Brook. She struck out 10 batters and walked no one.

2016 UMBC/UALBANY MATCH-UP
Last season, UMBC and the Great Danes met in Baltimore, MD on UMBC’s home field. As one game was cancelled, they only played one doubleheader in the 2016 season. The Great Danes swept UMBC in both games 6-2 and 5-1. In Game 1 it was Elizabeth Snow that set the tone going 2-3 with two RBIs and two runs. However, in Game 2 it was last year’s senior, Maggie Cocks who paved the way going 4-4 with three runs. Devin Durando totaled 11 strikeouts. 

#AEFoodFrenzy
The #AEFoodFrenzy is a conference-wide community service initiative designed to promote cohesion between America East’s member institutions while also providing significant donations to several charities in campus communities. The conference’s Student Athlete-Advisory Committee (SAAC) has put together this initiative taking place April 7-15 at one athletic contest on each of the conference’s nine campuses.

At Saturday’s game, UAlbany will donate one box of their collected goods to UMBC for them to donate to the charity of their choice, the Maryland Food Bank.

Spectators and fans can donate online via You Give Goods through May 26 to support the initiative. Since the project developed in the fall of 2015, 15,000 food items have been donated to local food pantries.

Follow America East’s social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram throughout the year for #AEFoodFrenzy photos, video, and other news and use the #AEFoodFrenzy, #AESAAC, and #3Pillars hashtags to get involved in the conversation.

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