Paulino, Miller, Help Baseball Ease Past CCSU, 6-1
NEW BRITAIN, Conn.— Making the quick turnaround from this past weekend, the University at Albany baseball team (6-8, 0-0) took care of business from beginning to end and came away with the 6-1 win over Central Connecticut State University (5-7, 0-0).
The Danes took the lead right away in the top of the first inning. Will Miller was hit on the very first pitch of the game and stole second a few pitches later. The number two batter, Tre Todd, advanced Miller to third with a sacrifice fly to center field.
With Miller taking a decent lead at third, Kyle Sacks hit a grounder to the CCSU shortstop, which allowed Miller to easily cross home as Sacks was thrown out at first, giving the Danes the 1-0 lead.
In the top of the third, Sacks hit a double down the left field line to advance Todd to third from first. Todd scored when the next batter, Evan Harasta hit a single through the left side, giving UAlbany a 2-0 lead. Sacks would make it home when Kyle Anderson of CCSU pitched a tough ball that Connor Fitzsimons mishandled and turned into a passed ball, putting the Danes up 3-0.
In the bottom of the seventh Derek Balbierz came in relief of starter Brian Paulino, and the Blue Devils liked what he was pitching as they came within two, plating one run off a sacrifice fly by Dylan Maher with the bases loaded.
UAlbany secured its win with three more runs in the top of the eighth. After Kevin Donati and Garrett Longhurst both hit singles to opposite sides of the outfield, Joey Tracy walked to load the bases. With one out, Karson Canaday hit a sacrifice fly to right field, that brought in Donati, to increase the lead, 4-1, in favor of UAlbany.
Miller then picked up his first hit of the game with a deep triple to right center field that cleared the bases and gave the Danes their final score of 6-1.
In his first UAlbany start, Paulino (1-0) picked up the win going 6.0 innings and allowing no runs with two hits and one strikeout.
Hunter Torres and Dom Savino both pitched 1.1 dominant innings each, with Savino allowing just one hit and also adding a strikeout.
"Outstanding pitching performance all-around," said head coach Jon Mueller "We gave up three hits to a good baseball team today."
Anderson (0-1) was given the loss, after only pitching 2.1 innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits. The Blue Devils had seven total pitchers play in today’s game.
Sacks continued to preform excellent at bat, going 2-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored. Harasta also had a solid outing, with a 2-for-4 day with one RBI.
Fitzsimons was the only Blue Devil who could take advantage of the Danes, going 2-for-3 at the plate.
UAlbany will begin its America East Conference play with a weekend series against Hartford beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Fiondella Field.