Wednesday, April 30, 2008

McIntosh Tosses No-Hitter To Lead UAlbany Softball to a Doubleheader Sweep of Manhattan

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Riverdale, N.Y. – Leah McIntosh took a perfect game into the seventh inning of game one to lead UAlbany to a doubleheader sweep of Manhattan in non-conference softball action on Wednesday, April 30. McIntosh’s second no-hitter of the season gave the Great Danes a 4-0 win in the early game, while Marissa Powell tossed a complete-game in the nightcap, leading UAlbany to a 7-2 victory.

McIntosh, who pitched to one hitter over the minimum, established the program’s Division I record by fanning 18 batters to improve to 13-5 on the season and record her fifth shutout. Andee Lindgren held the previous standard with 15 strikeouts against Vermont on April 30, 2003.

UAlbany (29-15) scored its first run of the game in the third inning, as Jess Bergin, who reached on a Manhattan error, was driven home on a ground out by Kristine Bill. The Great Danes added three runs in the top of the fourth, as Michelle Connors (Shenendehowa) drew a lead-off walk. Meagan Butsch followed with a single and advanced to second to put runners in scoring position. First baseman Gina Mason knocked a triple to plate a pair of runs before Nicole Kothe drove her in on a ground out to short.

Ashley Rampino took the loss in the circle for Manhattan, striking out two over five innings. Allison Smith tossed the final two innings in relief, fanning two opposing batters.

In game two, UAlbany recorded a four-run second inning to take the early advantage. The Great Danes had four consecutive singles, with Kothe driving in one run and Bergin sending two runs home. Left fielder Amber Maisonet knocked a single to score Bergin and give her team a 4-0 advantage.

The Great Danes added two runs in the third, as Connors belted a lead-off double and was driven home on a Butsch single. Butsch and Mason completed a double steal to advance on the basepaths, but Butsch was called out at the plate on a fielder’s choice that put Kothe on base. Mason and Kothe then pulled a double steal, with Mason crossing home plate.

UAlbany added a final insurance run in the top of the seventh, with Butsch recording an RBI double that scored Connors, who reached on a single to start the frame.

Manhattan (10-31) was able to avoid the shutout, scoring two runs in the bottom of the inning. Jaclyn Churilla led off with a single and advanced on a base hit by Kaitlin Rodriguez. After Kara Cokely drew a walk to load the bases, Lyndzie Phillips recorded an RBI single to score Churilla. Powell walked Nicole Michel to score the Jaspers’ second run before inducing a fly out by Jaci Rahey to end the game.

Powell finished with five strikeouts and scattered seven hits in her complete-game performance. Smith took the loss in the circle, allowing four runs in two innings of work. Rampino fanned three over five innings in the circle.

UAlbany will return home to host America East Conference-rival Boston University in the final league series of the regular season over the weekend, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.


UAlbany 001 300 0 - 4 6 1

Manhattan 000 000 0 - 0 0 1

UAlbany: Leah McIntosh and Kat Smith.

Manhattan: Ashley Rampino, Allison Smith (6) and Amanda Genovese.

UAlbany (29-15) 042 000 1 - 7 11 0

Manhattan (10-31) 000 000 2 - 2 7 2

UAlbany: Marissa Powell and Kat Smith.

Manhattan: Allison Smith, Ashley Rampino (3) and Amanda Genovese.

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