Great Danes Split Pair of Decisions, Earn First Win of 2019
Softball Scores: Purdue 10, UAlbany 8 | UAlbany 6, Georgetown 3
Location: Madeira Beach Invitational – Madeira Beach, Fla.
Short Story: Katie Falotico batted .571 (4-7) with two RBI on Saturday, as the University at Albany softball team (1-3) split a pair of decisions and picked up its first win of the young 2019 season.
- Sarah Petzold logged three hits on the day.
- Falotico, Petzold, Maranda Jimenez, Shaye Swiatek and Kelly Barkevich led the team with two RBI.
- McKenzie Bump recorded a team-best three runs scored.
- Celeste Verdolivo fanned four batters in seven innings of work and picked up her first win of the season.
How It Happened:
In game one, the Great Danes plated the first two runs of the contest in the top of the second. In that inning, Maranda Jimenez stepped up to bat with a runner on and sent a two-run shot over the outfield field fence that scored Petzold.
Purdue would tie the game in the home half of the inning on an RBI single that brought two home. The Boilermakers would take the lead three batters later thanks to a base hit that made the score 3-2.
Purdue added more damage in the fourth, rallying for six runs on four hits, including a grand slam, that put the team ahead 9-2.
UAlbany would score in the fifth when Amelia Ely got on base with a double and Shaye Swiatek followed with a two bagger of her own. The squad then cut the different to 9-4 with a ground out by Kelly Spear. Purdue would get one back in the bottom of the inning with a solo homerun to make it a 10-4 game.
The six-run buffer stood until the fifth inning, but the Great Danes continued to battle, putting together a two-out rally that brought the squad with in two, 10-8. UAlbany looked to make some noise in the seventh but were retired in order by the Boilermaker bullpen.
Later that day, Georgetown jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first but the Great Danes would later knot the score 1-1 in the third.
The Hoyas regained the lead with a solo homerun in the fourth to make it 2-1. The one-run margin did not remain intact for long as Swiatek and Bump drove in a pair of runs with back-to-back singles. The scoring ended after Swiatek crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice.
The Great Danes pulled away for good in the sixth, rallying for two more runs. Barkevich earned her first two RBI’s of the day with a single that scored Bump and Chelsea Henige.
Georgetown threatened in the seventh, loading the bases with no outs. The Hoyas would score one but Verdolivo forced three straight outs to secure the victory.
Up Next: The Great Danes close out their weekend in Madeira Beach tomorrow, Sunday, February 24 against Middle Tennessee at 9 a.m.