Great Danes' Late Rally Falls Short at UMass Lowell, 7-6
Score: UMass Lowell 7, UAlbany 6
Records: UAlbany (25-14, 12-3 AE), UMass Lowell (26-17, 14-2 AE)
Location: River View Field – Lowell, Mass.
Short Story: Amelia Ely hit a three-run homerun to cap off a late six-run rally, but the University at Albany softball team’s comeback fell short, 7-6, at the hands of UMass Lowell on Friday afternoon.
- Amelia Ely went 1-for-3, including a three-run homerun that tied the game at 6-6.
- Chelsea Henige finished the game with one RBI.
- Aliyah Wade went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
- Katie Falotico hit 2-for-3 with a run scored.
- Sarah Petzold batted 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Amelia Ely hit a three-run homerun to cap off a late six-run rally, but the University at Albany softball team’s comeback fell short, 7-6, at the hands of UMass Lowell on Friday afternoon.
After a sixth-run sixth inning locked the game at 6-6 all, the River Hawks took the lead for good with a two-out solo shot by Christina Rizzi in the bottom of the sixth inning.
In the circle, Celeste Verdolivo falls to 17-5 on the year with the loss. She finished with five hits and two earned runs in 5.0 innings of work. Lovina Capria earned the win for the River Hawks, pitching the final two innings of relief, allowing just three hits and one earned run across 2.0 innings.
The River Hawks jumped out to an early 1-0 lead following a solo shot from Maria Moccio.
UAlbany would threaten with a pair of runners in top of the second and third but could not capitalize on either opportunity, stranding both runners.
UMass Lowell added to its lead with two runs in the home half of the third. After a hit by pitch and a defensive miscue helped to load the bases, a single by Moccio and a sacrifice fly by Sydney Barker would make it a 3-0 game.
The home team later stretched their lead to as many as six runs thanks to a three-spot in the fifth inning.
Never counting themselves out, the Great Danes tied the game at 6-6 with six-run rally in the sixth. Mariah Miramontez reached on an error, Wade singled and Falotico was hit by a pitch as the Great Danes loaded the bases with no outs, allowing UAlbany to plate a pair of runs off a UMass Lowell wild pitch. Petzold followed with a walk which allowed Ely to step into the batter’s box with runners on first and third, setting the sophomore up for a three-run shot that would cap off an exciting six-run inning.
The River Hawks soon regained the lead for good thanks to a solo homerun from Rizzi.
Up Next: UAlbany returns to action with a Saturday doubleheader. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. at River View Field.