Ely Leads Great Danes to Doubleheader Split
Game One: UMBC 3, UAlbany 2
Game Two: UAlbany 13, UMBC 5
Records: UAlbany (24-13, 11-2) | UMBC (24-20, 5-9)
Short Story: Amelia Ely batted .833 with five hits in a pair of split decisions for the University at Albany softball team against America East foe UMBC on Saturday afternoon.
After being edged, 3-2, by the Retrievers in game one, the Great Danes bounced back with a dominating 13-5 performance to retain sole possession of second place in the America East standings.
- Five different Great Danes logged a pair of hits in the twin bill.
- Amelia Ely (.833) and Katie Falotico (.333) paced the team with three RBI apiece.
- Alexis Phillips (2-for-5) added to the offense with two RBI and two runs scored.
- Celeste Verdolivo earned both decisions in the circle. She sits at 16-4 overall.
- Taylor Light pitched a scoreless 4.0 innings of relief in game one.
- UAlbany matched its season high in runs scored with 13 in game two.
The Retrievers did not waste any time jumping out to an early 2-0 when UMBC capitalized on a pair of defensive miscues.
Coming out of the pen, Taylor Light kept the UMBC offense at bay, pitching four scoreless innings, giving her team a chance to get back in the game.
The Great Danes would spark and exciting comeback effort in the seventh after Ely stepped into the batters box with a pair of runners on. It was Sarah Petzold who stood on second, advancing on a Shaye Swiatek sacrifice bunt, and Chelsea Henige on first. Two pitches later, Ely found the outfield grass, allowing Petzold to score as the Great Danes cut the lead to one, 3-2.
The Great Danes would strand the potential game-winning run after Courtney Coppersmith recorded the final two outs in order. Coppersmith went the distance in the circle, striking out five.
Five different Great Danes logged a pair of hits in game two to lead the team to a season-high 13 runs. Celeste Verdolivo recorded the victory in the circle as she improves to a league-best 16-4 record.
Verdolivo held the Retrievers to just two hits in each of their first three trips to the dish, allowing her team to pull ahead 8-0 after three.
UMBC chipped away at the difference with three consecutive RBI singles in the third, as well as a two-run double in the fifth, but Katie Falotico answered for the Great Danes with an RBI single to plate two and extend their lead to 12-5.
Chloe Lewis entered the circle in the top of the sixth inning, holding the Retrievers to just one hit before retiring the side, allowing UAlbany to rally for one final run, sealing the 13-5 victory in walk-off fashion as Kelly Barkevich was hit by a pitch with bases loaded.
Up Next: The series finale will take place on Sunday with first pitch at 12 p.m. The Great Danes will honor the 2019 Senior Class with a special pregame ceremony.