Baseball Splits Doubleheader Against Hartford; 9-5, 3-6
WEST HARTFORD, Conn.— After losing on a walk-off the day before, the University at Albany baseball team (7-10, 1-2) rebounded offensively against the University of Hartford (9-5, 2-1), splitting the doubleheader with scores of 9-5 and 6-3.
"It was a battle today, where both teams competed hard" said head coach Jon Mueller
Following a Hartford comeback, that saw its lead diminish from 6-2 to 6-5, UAlbany pushed ahead in the top of the sixth inning with two more runs. Will Miller began the inning with a single to the shortstop, beating out the throw, then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. The next batter, Kevin Donati added his second RBI of the game with a single through the middle of the field to bring home Miller, putting the Danes up 7-5.
Kyle Sacks advanced Donati to second on a sacrifice bunt down the first base line and with two outs, Evan Harasta came up clutch with the double to left center that scored Donati and increased UAlbany’s lead to 8-5.
The Danes added an insurance run in the top of the eighth when Sacks hit a double to left center and came home when Matt Hinchy hit a double of his own down the left field line.
Matt Codispoti hit his first home run of his career in the fifth inning on a two-run shot over the left field fence that brought home Connor Powers who had reached on a throwing error by Hartford’s shortstop.
Also recording RBI’s for UAlbany were Joey Tracy in the top of the second on a fielder’s choice to third base that score Powers from third and Harasta in the third inning who hit a bases loaded single to right center to score Donati and Sacks.
Donati had another solid outing at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two RBI’s and two runs scored. Harasta also batted well, hitting 2-for-5 with three RBI’s.
Chris Sullivan and Ashton Bardzell both had two RBI’s for Hartford.
Brendan Ryan (1-0) was awarded the victory after coming in relief for Stephen Woods, pitching 4.1 innings and allowed no earned runs on one hit and struck out three batters. Woods went 4.2 innings and allowed five earned runs on four hits and six walks.
David Drouin (2-1) lost the game for Hartford, going 3.0 innings and allowed three earned runs on three hits and four walks.
Down, 6-1 in the top of the seventh, UAlbany looked to mount a comeback to remain in the game. Miller, Donati and Sacks were all put on base with no outs, but Hinchy struck out and Harasta hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Miller to give the Danes runners on second and third with two outs.
Tre Todd added an RBI with a single up the middle to score Donati all the way from second. Garret Longhurst came in as a pinch hitter but was unable to do anything as he flew out to center to end the game.
The Danes opened up the game with an early lead in the top of the first. With Donati on third base after stealing second and advancing on a wild pitch, Hinchy hit a single through the left side to score Donati, giving UAlbany a 1-0 lead.
Hartford answered in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run homerun by the second batter of the inning, David MacKinnon, to put the Hawks up 2-1.
Hartford added two more runs in the third inning, off a double to right center by Ben Bengston that scored Dalton Ruch and Chris DelDebbio. The Hawks also plated two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning with a double from T.J. Ward to score Nick Campana and Ward later scored from a sacrifice fly to right field off of Billy Walker.
Hartford was led offensively by Ruch who went 2-for-3 with one run scored.
Kenny McLean (1-1) lost his first game of his career, pitching 3.0 innings and allowed three earned runs on three hits and two walks.
Brian Murphy (2-1) was awarded the victory, going for 5.0 innings and allowed one earned run on five hits and struck out four Danes.
UAlbany returns to the field this weekend, when they travel to Connecticut once again for a single game against Fairfield on Friday and then head to Cambridge, Mass. to face Harvard for a double header on Sunday.