Area colleges: UAlbany earns No. 1 seed for AE softball tourney
VESTAL — Junior Lauren Alcorn drilled a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning Sunday to give the University at
Albany softball team a 2-1 win over Binghamton and the top seed for this weekend’s America East Conference tournament, which will be held at Binghamton.
The Danes (35-13, 15-2 AE) will face Stony Brook at 1 p.m. in the first round Thursday.
Junior Brittany MacFawn recorded her 26th win of the season for the Danes, pitching a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts. She also broke the school record for single-season innings pitched, upping her total to 2291⁄3, surpassing Casey Halloran’s record of 227 set in 2006. MacFawn also broke Halloran’s career strikeout record on Saturday.
Jessica Bump’s home run in the fourth was one of the two hits off MacFawn and gave the Bearcats (29-14 14-4 AE) the lead. But Charlise Castro singled in the sixth before Alcorn smashed her fourth home run of the season.
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MacFawn and Apostolina; Laney and Chaffee.
Siena 15-5, Marist 5-4
POUGHKEEPSIE — Jessika-Jo Sandrini broke the school record for victories when she recorded her 35th career win as the Saints won their first Metro Atlantic Athletic conference regular-season championship.
Sandrini came on in relief in the second game, after Marist had tied the game at 4-4, and worked out of two jams to ger her record-setting victory.
Jordan Sandrini hit her first career home run in the first game and finished with three RBI for the Saints (21-25, 12-4 MAAC).
Abby Carpenter and Paige Lloyd had RBI singles in the eighth inning to give the Saints a victory in the second game.
Siena 070 017 — 15 8 3
Marist 201 101 — 5 8 4
Lancaster, Je. Sandrini (2) and Volz; Psterhaus, White (2) and Carmody.
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Edwards, Je. Sandrini (6) and Volz; Lewis and Zahka.
RPI 4-6, Rochester 5-5
ROCHESTER — RPI rallied from a 4-1 deficit to defeat Rochester in the Liberty League championship game.
Pinch-hitter Morgan Ten Eyck doubled in Dani Grage to cap a three-run fifth inning that gave the Engineers the victory.
Aimee Konet doubled to start the rally, was bunted to third and scored on a double by Caitlyn McGivern, who then scored when Grage’s fly ball was dropped for a two-base error.
Grage went to third on Taylor Ten Eyck’s single, and Morgan Ten Eyck followed with her game-winning hit.
The Yellowjackets, who came out of the losers’ backet, took advantage of 11 walks and three hit batters to come away with the win of the first game.
Charlene Ormanski, who pitched 51⁄3 innings of hitless relief in the second game for RPI, was named the tournament MVP. The Engineers improved to 26-15, while the Yellowjackets finished at 23-19.
Siena 4, Canisius 0
LOUDONVILLE — Sophomore Matt Gage threw a three-hit shutout for the Saints, who shaved their heads following the game and raised over $8,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises awareness for childhood cancer.
Brian Fay’s two-out single in the third gave Gage the only run he needed. Larry Balkwill added an RBI double in the fifth.
The Saints improved to 11-7 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (21-26 overall), and remained in contention for a playoff berth with six games remaining.
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Stewart, Remillard (1); Stolzenburg (6), Rubenstein (1), Tolsma (8) and Booth; Gage and Balkwill.
Maine 7, UAlbany 3
ALBANY — First-place Maine scored four runs in the top of the first inning to stop the Great Danes and run its America East Conference record to 16-7.
UAlbany (21-19-1, 14-10 AE) broke up Mike Connolly’s no-hitter in the fifth, on Nolan Gaige’s RBI single.
The Danes scored the other two runs in the sixth on a bases-loaded walk to Matt Hinchey and a groundout.
Fran Whitten hit a solo home run for the Black Bears.
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Connolly, Voisine (7), Coughlin (9) and Selcedo; Carey, Zielinski (2), Jaurique (8), Stinar (8) and Lepre.
AIC 3-8, Saint Rose 2-1
ALBANY — The Golden Knights ended their season by dropping both ends of a Northeast-10 Conference double-header.
Senior Caleb Gleason and sophomore Lukas Nethaway each had two hits for the Knights (10-39, 7-22 NE-10) in the first, game, and senior A.J. Capone singled in the only run in the nightcap.
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Paige, Bailey (7), McCowat (9) and Fenton; Zdanowski, Johnson (6) and Capone.
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Azzopardi, Bailey (8), McCowat (9) and Fenton; Charron, Zareski (7), Schwartz (9) and Capone.
Hudson Valley 16-12.
CliNton CC 0-0
PLATTSBURGH — Mike Sunkes hit two home runs, including a grand slam and drove in seven runs in the opener as the Vikings swept a Region III double-header.
Sunkes also doubled and singled in the first game, and Alex Luskevich belted a three-run home run.
The Vikings (18-10 Region III) continued to go deep in the second game, as Anthony Scaccia belted his third home run of the season, and John Craig had a pair of doubles and an RBI.
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Kramer, McGowan (6) and Adams; Poscelli and Roenback.
Hudson Valley 123 33 — 12 9 1
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Sunkes, Ford (4), Gallup (5) and Adams; Rock, Leta (5) and Roenbeck.