For Immediate Release: April 9, 2011
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BU softball drops conference doubleheader against Albany
Bearcats lose 4-3 in opener and 8-0 in second game

Game 1 Box Score: Albany 4, Binghamton 3 (8 innings)
Game 2 Box Score: Albany 8, Binghamton 0 (5 innings)

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Brittany MacFawn saved the first game and tossed a perfect game in the nightcap, leading Albany (12-17, 5-0 AE) to a sweep of host Binghamton (12-11, 3-2 AE) in an America East doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at the East Gym Field. The Great Danes won the opener 4-3 in eight innings and the nightcap 8-0 in five innings.

MacFawn retired all 15 batters she faced in the finale, recording five strikeouts in the process. She is the first opposing pitcher to record a perfect game against the Bearcats during their 10-year NCAA Division I era and the first to throw a no-hitter against them since Alyssa Struzenberg of Stony Brook on April 19, 2008.

Albany gave MacFawn a five-run cushion in the top of the first inning. Kylie Apostolina doubled home a pair of runs and Melissa Herndon had a two-run single during that frame. Andrianna Walraven made it 6-0 in the second inning with a solo home run and the Great Danes tacked on two more runs in the top of the third inning.

With the win, MacFawn is now 7-4 while junior pitcher Kristen Emerling took the loss and is now 5-3.

In the opener, junior outfielder Meghan Tucker broke open a 1-1 tie with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. It was her third home run of the year.

Down to their last two outs in the top of the seventh inning, the Great Danes scraped up a pair of runs. In the bottom of the frame, however, Tucker struck again, singling home the tying run and forcing extra innings.

Herndon led off the top of the eighth inning with a solo home run and Albany sent in MacFawn to protect the lead. Although the Bearcats loaded the bases, MacFawn got out of the jam to notch her first save of the season.

Brittany Schweiger improved to 4-7 with the victory while sophomore pitcher Rhoda Marsteller, who went the full eight innings, dropped to 3-5.

Tucker, senior catcher Deannie Plemon and senior first baseman Stephanie DeLuca each had a pair of hits in the first game. Sophomore outfielder Jessica Phillips drew a pair of walks and scored a run.

Binghamton and Albany conclude their three-game series on Sunday at noon.

NOTES: Plemon, who ranks second on the team with 22 RBI, now has six multiple-hit games this season ... DeLuca has four multiple-hit games in Binghamton's last nine contests.

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