Baseball Loses America East Opener on Walk-Off, 7-6

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn.— It took all nine innings of Friday’s game to determine a winner between the University at Albany (6-9, 0-1) and Hartford (8-4, 1-0) baseball teams. The Hawks hit a walk-off single to win the game in the bottom of the ninth with a final score of 7-6.

With runners on first and third and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Hartford shortstop Ben Bengston hit the ball to deep right center that scored Chris DelDebbio from third to give the Hawks the 7-6 victory over the Danes.  

"It was a difficult loss for the guys, but we have two more games tomorrow" said head coach Jon Mueller

UAlbany scored the first runs of the game in the top of the second inning. Matt Hinchy and Evan Harasta started the inning with a single to second and a double to left field respectively. Joey Tracy hit in Hinchy with an RBI single to right field. Harasta came in off a fielder’s choice hit by Kevin Donati that got Tracy out at second.

Donati would make his way to third with a stolen base to second and a failed pickoff attempt by Hartford to get to third. Patrick Lagravinese hit into a groundout to the second baseman to bring in Donati and give UAlbany a 3-0 lead.

With Will Miller on third base and one out, Kyle Sacks added to the lead with a deep shot over the right field fence to push the Danes lead at 5-0.

Down 5-1, Hartford added three runs in the sixth behind Ashton Bardzell’s two RBI single up the middle and two in the seventh off a similar hit up the middle by Bengston, tying the game at 6-6.

The Danes were led offensively by Sacks, who went 2-for-5, with two RBI’s and one run scored.

Bengston took control at the plate for Hartford, going 2-for-4 with three RBI’s and one run scored.

Dom Savino (0-1) who came in relief of Hunter Torres, went 3.0 innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits and three walks, but also struck out four Hawks in his outing.

Starter Marcus Failing pitched 5.0 innings and allowed three earned runs on three hits and struck out two batters.

Sam McKay (1-1) was awarded the win, pitching 2.0 innings and allowed no runs on just one hit and struck out one batter.

UAlbany was able to get to starter Kyle Gauthier who went 5.0 innings and allowed five earned runs on six hits.

UAlbany returns to Fiondella Field tomorrow at noon for a double header as Stephen Woods and Kenny McLean take the mound for the Danes, while David Drouin and Brian Murphy get the starts for Hartford.

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