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Softball Swept by Albany 9-1 and 12-2 in AE doubleheader
Bearcats and Great Danes to finish series with single game Saturday at noon
April 21, 2012Tweet
ALBANY, N.Y.—Kylie Apostolina homered twice and Charlise Castro drove in five runs, powering Albany (30-10, 11-3 AE) to a sweep over Binghamton (15-24, 6-8 AE) in an America East softball doubleheader on Friday afternoon at Albany Field. The Great Danes won the first game 9-1 in nine innings and took the night cap 12-2, also in five innings.
While Albany belted four home runs during the afternoon, the Bearcats struggled at the plate. After mustering just a single hit in game one, they were held to only three hits in the second game.
Castro put Albany up 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning of the opener. It was her conference-best 12th homer of the season.
Apostolina keyed a four-run bottom of the second inning with a two-run home run over the center field fence. Diane MacDowell tripled home the third run of the frame and later scored the final one.
One inning later, however, Taylor Franich tripled in a run and later scored on a fielding error, putting Albany up 9-1. The Bearcats then went down in order in the top of the fifth inning.
Brittany MacFawn improved her record to 15-4 with the win. She struck out five batters and issued only one walk. Sophomore pitcher Demi Laney fell to 6-8 with the loss.
Things started off better for the Bearcats in the night cap. Junior outfielder Jessica Phillips scored on a wild pitch in the top of the first inning, putting Binghamton ahead 1-0.
Albany, however, responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Castro had an RBI double during that inning.
Two innings later, Apostolina keyed another three-run inning with her second two-run home run of the day.
Friis cut the deficit to 6-2 with a RBI double in the top of the fourth inning. Once again, however, the Great Danes answered right back, reeling off six runs in the bottom of the frame. Castro knocked in her final run during that span on a fielder’s choice play.
Binghamton left the bases loaded in the top of the fifth inning.
On the mound, Brittany Swieger improved to 12-4 with the victory. The loss went to senior Kristen Emerling, who is now 4-7.
Friis finished the day 2-for-3 and scored a run.