Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information
DeLand, Fla. – Leah McIntosh recorded her second win of the season and Brittany Rose claimed her first victory as a collegian to help lead the UAlbany softball team to two wins on the second day of the Stetson Invitational at Patricia Wilson Field. The Great Danes defeated Western Michigan, 8-1, earlier in the day before posting a 1-0 victory over Stetson in the nightcap.
Rose tossed a complete game for the Great Danes against Western Michigan (5-4), fanning three and allowing just four hits. The Broncos, who defeated UAlbany in extra innings on Friday, scored their lone run of the game in the fifth inning on a home run by freshman right fielder Michelle Bendewald.
UAlbany had jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, as freshman Gina Mason drove in two runs on a double to left centerfield. The Great Danes tacked on two more runs in the third on a two-run blast by third baseman Meagan Butsch. UAlbany then had back-to-back singles in the fourth inning before Nicole Kothe drove a triple into right field to score Amber Maisonet and Kristine Bill. The Great Danes added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, as Jessica Bergin slammed her first career homer down the left field line.
In the second game of the day, the score remained knotted at 0-0 through six innings before UAlbany could break the scoring drought in the top of the seventh. Maisonet singled to left, scoring pinch runner Tara Dalton for the lone run of the game. McIntosh won the pitchers duel, striking out 11 while allowing just two hits. Junior Erica Demers took the loss for Stetson (13-8), fanning four UAlbany batters.
UAlbany, with a 3-1 record in the tournament, will advance to the championship game, taking place no Sunday at 12 p.m.
Western Michigan (5-4) 000 010 0 - 1 4 1
UAlbany 202 301 x - 8 8 0
Kelli Zache, Meghan Thomas (4), Molly Lange (5) and Becky Bartosz.
Brittany Rose and Kat Smith.
UAlbany (3-1) 000 000 1 - 1 3 0
Stetson (13-8) 000 000 0 - 0 2 1
Leah McIntosh and Kat Smith.
Erica Demers and Blythe Golden.