Baseball Splits Doubleheader against North Carolina A&T
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany baseball team (1-4, 0-0) picked up its first win of the 2016 season, with a complete domination over North Carolina A&T (1-5, 0-0), 14-3 in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader. The Great Danes dropped the second game to the Aggies, 13-4.
After only managing 10 hits to South Carolina last weekend, the Great Danes’ bats exploded for 14 hits in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday.
Following two one-run innings by the Aggies, Kevin Donati started the seven run third inning for UAlbany by laying down a bunt to get the bases loaded for Will Miller. Miller hit a single to bring in Patrick Lagravinese and Karson Canaday, tying the game at two. Connor Powers hit into a fielder’s choice that brought home Donati from third base to give UAlbany their first lead of the day at 3-2. With Evan Harasta being walked to load the bases, Matt Hinchy took the opportunity to open up the Danes lead even further, by clearing the bases with a grand slam and giving UAlbany a 7-2 advantage.
In the bottom of the third, the Aggies added one run to their deficit, as Milton Rivera hit his fifth home run of the season. UAlbany added two more runs in the top of the fourth with a single from Harasta to the left side of the field, allowing Canaday and Kyle Sacks to cross home plate from second and third.
In the sixth in seventh innings, Powers hit his second and third home run of the season with shots to right field, and increased UAlbany’s lead 13-3. Catcher Matt Codispoti scored the last of the Danes runs of game one thanks to a double down the right field line from Donati.
With his two home runs, Powers led the Danes bats going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI’s.
Stephen Woods (1-1) got the win for UAlbany in game one, going 5.0 innings with three earned runs, two walks and a season high 10 strikeouts.
Robert Peck (0-1) was given the loss, pitching only 2.0 innings, allowing five earned runs and four walks.
The Great Danes could have used some of their game one runs in the second outing of the day, losing 13-4 to the Aggies.
UAlbany jumped ahead 3-0 in the first inning with RBI’s from Harasta and Sacks.
In the bottom of the third inning, North Carolina A&T started with a home run from Kyle Clary. After singles from Joey Hill, Rivera and a walk from Myles Sowell, Adan Ordonez cleared the bases with a grand slam to take the lead at 6-3.
The Danes came within three runs in the top of the fifth with a single to left field from Hinchy, bringing in Powers from second base.
The Aggies responded in the bottom of the sixth with another six-run inning, increasing their lead to the final score of 13-4. After intentionally loading the bases with one out, the Danes got Keenan Herring to strikeout but the bases cleared after Jason King doubled to left center.
Marcus Failing (0-2) got the loss in the second game, going 2.2 innings with four hits, five earned runs and two walks.
Winning pitcher Tevelle Clark (1-0) went 5.2 innings with four earned runs and three strikeouts.
The Danes return to War Memorial Field tomorrow, as they complete their three game series starting at 1 p.m. Ryan Stinar (0-0) takes the mound for UAlbany as he faces off against Aggies RHP Kaeson Wilson (0-1).