Baseball Dominates in Game One, 7-2, Falls to NYIT, 4-0 in Game Two
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – After splitting the doubleheader on day one, Ryan Stinar led the University at Albany baseball team (4-6, 0-0) on the mound in game one of Sunday’s doubleheader, 7-2, while NYIT (4-4) were victorious in the series finale with a final score of 4-0.
The Great Danes got the bats going early in the top of the first inning with a Kyle Sacks single through the left side of the infield. After Connor Powers walked advancing Sacks to second base, Matt Hinchy sent the ball to centerfield through the middle of the infield, bringing home Sacks.
There was no action until the top of the fourth inning, when the Danes tacked on two more runs. Garret Longhurst walked with one out and then Pat Lagravinese reached on a close single to the Matt DeAngelis, advancing Longhurst to second. The two runners advanced from a fielder’s choice that got Karson Canaday out at first. Kevin Donati then hit a single to the Frank Sanacore and reached, which scored Longhurst from third. Sanacore threw the ball wide of David Kosakavich at first to send Lagravinese and gave the Danes a 3-0 lead.
In the top of the sixth inning, Hinchy started off with a single through the left side of the field, and later stole second during the next at bat. After Canaday reached on a fielder’s choice, Donati hit in Hinchy from third with a single to left field, increasing the lead, 4-0 for UAlbany.
Will Miller then was hit by a pitch, giving Sacks a bases loaded attempt. Sacks would take advantage of the opportunity in sending the ball to deep right center field, and cleared the bases, giving UAlbany a 7-0 lead.
The Bears attempted to come back in the bottom half of the inning with two runs of their own. Thomas Joannou singled to center and Joe Daru walked to start the inning. Anthony Cardonna hit home Joannou with a single to left field and Daru would score after a sacrifice fly to right field from Chris Rula.
Stinar (2-0) had a terrific outing, going 5.1 innings pitched with four hits, two earned runs, two walks and eight strikeouts.
Brendan Ryan came in for the Danes in bottom of the sixth going 1.2 innings with one hit, one walk and three strikeouts.
Frank Valentino (0-2) picked up the loss for NYIT, pitching 5.2 innings and allowing nine hits, six earned runs, and three walks.
Hinchy once again led the Danes on offense going 3-for4 with one run scored and one RBI. Behind him was Sacks, going 2-for-4 with one run scored and three RBI’s.
In the second game, the Danes failed to get any runs against the Bears. The Bears took advantage of Joe Romero in the first inning, putting up four runs and ending Romero’s afternoon after just one inning.
NYIT began the inning with two singles from Joannou and Anthony Martelli. Joannou would score from third on a passed ball. Caradonna sent in Martelli from second base with a single to left field, putting the Bears up 2-0.
Romero walked Rula to give NYIT first and second, and then Jeff Tabares hit a deep double to center field which allowed Caradonna to score. With runners on second and third, DeAngelis hit a single to right field, bringing in Rula and increasing NYIT’s lead to the final score of 4-0.
UAlbany had its best chance during their last at bats in the top of the seventh inning. After two straight walks to Connor Powers and Matt Codispoti, Pat Lagravinese loaded the bases with a nice hit to DeAngelis. But the Danes were unable to get any players to home, as the next three batters went down in order.
Romero (0-2) was given the loss, after only going 1.0 innings, and allowing five hits, four earned runs, one walk and two strikeouts.
Derek Balbierz came in for relief and pitched a solid 3.0 innings with just one hit, one walk and two strikeouts. Kenny McLean finished out the game for UAlbany, going 2.0 innings pitched with no hits, one walk and two strikeouts.
David Plotkin (1-0) pitched a complete game shutout, on just three hits, three walks and three strikeouts.
Hinchy, Codispoti and Lagravinese were all awarded with hits in game two.
Joannou led the Bears, going 2-for-3 with one run scored.
The Danes travel to Bowling Green, Ky. to take on Western Kentucky University for a three game series. Game one will begin on Friday with a start time of 4 p.m. at Nick Denes Field.