Baseball Loses Extra Inning Game to Fairfield, 5-4
FAIRFIELD, Conn.— For the second time this week, the University at Albany baseball team (7-11, 1-2) lost on the final pitch of the game. This time it was to Fairfield (5-12, 0-0) who scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the tenth inning.
“We had a lot of hits, but we didn’t string together a lot of runs.” said head coach Jon Mueller, “I still think we’re giving up too many free passes and we’re letting guys get around the bases too easily.”
After a full nine innings was unable to produce a winner, the Great Danes and Stags had to head to extras to see which team would add a game to their win column. UAlbany made no noise in the top of the tenth going down one, two, three in the top of their order.
Fairfield began their half of the inning with a single through the middle off of Troy Scocca, and after advancing to second on a wild pitch by Brendan Ryan, Tyler Gambardella came into the game as a pinch runner. Gambardella quickly made his presence known with a steal to third base.
Ryan, seemed unfazed as he struck out the next two Stag batters, but then intentionally walked Drew Arciuolo to give Fairfield runners at first and third. The next batter, Jack Gethings, had yet to get a hit in the afternoon, but wouldn’t get a chance to, as Ryan threw a pitch into the dirt that got away from Harasta and Gambardella was quick enough to score the winning run from third base, as Fairfield went on to win 5-4.
With the score tied 1-1 in the top of the fourth, the Danes began the inning with a Kyle Sacks single up the middle. Sacks looked to be out when Hinchy hit a grounder to third base, but the third baseman made a poor throw over the shortstop’s head and Sacks and Hinchy were both safe.
Evan Harasta once again was clutch as he smoked a doubled down the left field line to bring in Sacks and Hinchy, putting the Danes up 3-1.
Connor Powers began the top of the seventh inning with a single through the left side and advance to second off a groundout by Pat Lagravinese. Kenny Hayden then filled in for Powers at second and after two quick outs, Will Miller brought him home with a single to left field, giving the Danes a 4-1 lead.
However, Fairfield responded in the bottom half of the inning. Michael Conti started with a single up the middle and Tim Zeng was then walked and both runners advanced one base on a passed ball. After Dom Savino walked Kevin Radziewicz to load the bases, Jake Salpietro brought in Conti and Zeng with a single to left field. The next batter, Scocca hit a single through the right side to bring in Radziewicz to tie the game at four.
Powers led the Danes offensively, going 2-for-3 with one RBI. With Harasta going 1-for-4 with one RBI and current America East Rookie of the Week Kevin Donati went 2-for-5.
Scocca was the top batter for Fairfield, hitting 3-for-5 with one RBI, as well as Radziewicz batting 1-for-2 with one RBI and two runs scored.
Ryan (1-1) received the loss, after pitching 2.2 innings and allowed one earned run on two hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
Freshman Angelo Spedafino who started his first game for UAlbany went 5.0 innings and allowed one earned run on two hits and earned three strikeouts and walked five batters.
“I thought Angelo had a great first start in a Great Dane uniform,” said Mueller “He threw the ball extremely well in his five innings.”
Aaron Howell (2-2) picked up the win for Fairfield, going 3.0 innings and allowed no earned runs on one hit and stuck out two Danes.
Starter John Signore went 7.0 innings and allowed three earned runs on nine hits, while striking out six batters.
The Danes will return to the road once again on Sunday as they take on Harvard in a doubleheader beginning at 12:30 p.m.