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UAlbany Softball Eliminated By Penn St In NCAA’s

Courtesy UAlbany Athletics

The UAlbany softball team had their season come to an end on Saturday as Penn State rolled to a 6-1 win in an elimination game of the NCAA Softball Regional Tournament in State College, Pa.

The Great Danes went 0-2 in the double elimination regional round. They lost to Oregon in their first tourney game on Friday, 3-1.

UAlbany was making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007. They finished the season with a 28-23 record.

Saturday’s game was close until the 4th inning. Penn State struck first, ending the scoreless tie in the fourth, as Alyssa Sovereign drove a two-run homer over the right field fence.

UAlbany got one run back in the bottom of the sixth on a solo homerun by Andrianna Walraven. With that hit, Walraven, a senior shortstop, finished her career with 146 hits and 100 runs scored.

Penn State broke the game open with four runs scored in the seventh.

Brittany MacFawn took the loss in the circle for the Great Danes, finishing a stellar freshman season with a 15-8 record. MacFawn struck out three while scattering five hits over six and one third innings.

“It was different with this group,” said UAlbany head coach Chris Cannata, who wraps up her 17th season at the helm of the Great Dane program. It was a good group of kids. This group played a lot when they were freshman. We thought we were going to be here a couple times. I’m so happy that we got here for their senior year.”

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