Wednesday, April 1, 2015

University of Albany: Snow’s Walk-Off Lifts Softball To 2-1 Win Over UConn - UAlbany Sports 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. – With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, sophomore Liz Snow played hero, belting a two-run walk-off home run over the left field wall, lifting the University at Albany softball team to a 2-1 victory over the visiting University of Connecticut Huskies. The home run also broke up UConn pitcher Kayla Doty’s no-hitter. With the win, the Great Danes improved to 13-7 on the season, while the Huskies fell to 10-21. “We had three, four, and five up, so we were just waiting for a good at-bat to keep us in the game,” said Head Coach Chris Cannata. “We were going to bunt, but decided to let the three kids take a swing at it and see what happened, and Liz put a good swing on that one.” “I felt it. As soon as the ball was off the bat, I was like ‘Dear goodness, I hope that goes over,’” said Snow on her game-winner. The walk-off was reminiscent of Snow’s three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning against Stony Brook in the America East Championship last spring. Those heroics forced a deciding game that the Danes went on to win for the program’s fifth conference tournament title. UConn took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, stringing together a pair of singles up the middle, but the Great Danes escaped the frame with minimal damage, turning a 6-4-3 double play. In the bottom of the fifth, UAlbany spoiled Doty’s perfect game, as Marlin Solano drew a leadoff walk and Snow was hit by a pitch, putting two on with no outs. However, the Huskies got out of the jam with a sac bunt and double play on a liner to short. Down to their final at-bats in the bottom of the seventh, Alexa Toole sparked the Great Danes’ rally, drawing a leadoff walk. After back-to-back flyouts to left, Snow proved clutch again with her game-winning dinger. In the circle, reliever Devin Durando (7-1) earned the win, tossing the final three innings, allowing no runs and one hit, while striking out three. Starter Erynn Sobieski threw the opening four frames, allowing one run and six scattered hits, while striking out four. Up next, the Great Danes open America East Conference play versus Maine, April 4-5.

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