Woods Dominates in Game One as Baseball Splits with Harvard
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— Stephen Woods looked unstoppable on the mound today for the University at Albany baseball team (8-12, 1-2) as he threw a complete game shutout against Harvard (7-9, 0-0) in game one, 3-0. The Danes fell to the Crimson in game two, 3-2.
"Woody pitched great, it was the best he pitched all year." said head coach Jon Mueller, "It was a nice W... complete game effort in the shutout."
The first game of the doubleheader turned into a pitching duel for the first five innings, as UAlbany was unable to get a hit against Harvard’s Ian Miller. While Woods gave up just two hits in the first five frames.
In the top of the sixth, Karson Canaday began the inning with a single through the middle of the infield and advanced to second on a Will Miller sacrifice bunt. The Crimson then brought in Nick Scahill and the Danes seemed to get a hold on anything he threw at them.
Kyle Sacks hit a double to right center that broke the scoreless tie as Canaday came home. Evan Harasta followed as the next batter with a double of his own to right center that scored Sacks. Harasta would advance to third off a groundout by Matt Hinchy to the second baseman.
With two outs, Connor Powers brought home Harasta with a single to right field, and gave the Danes a 3-0 lead.
Woods (3-1) went the full 7.0 innings and allowed three hits with four walks and struck out eight Harvard batters.
Miller (0-3) pitched 5.1 innings and gave up one earned run on one hit with three strikeouts and two walks.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the fourth, Hinchy began the inning, beating out the throw by the third baseman for a single. Harasta followed with a single of his own to right field, which advanced Hinchy to second. Garret Longhurst came up clutch with a double to right center field to score Hinchy and put Harasta on third.
Harasta would score on the next play when Joey Tracy hit a sacrifice fly to right field, to tie the game at 2-2.
The Crimson would respond in the bottom of the fifth, with Mitch Klug and Josh Ellis on second and first. Kenny McLean attempted to pick off Ellis at first, but the ball hit the dirt and got passed Hinchy and Klug was able to score the winning run.
The Danes had a chance to tie the game in the top of the eighth when Sacks hit a single up the middle and then stole second. However, Hinchy and Harasta were unable to make some noise in the inning.
McLean (1-2) picked up the loss for UAlbany, pitching 5.0 innings and allowed one earned run on six hits and struck out four batters.
Kevin Stone (2-1) earned the win for Harvard, pitching 7.0 innings with two earned runs on five hits.
Dylan Combs (1) was awarded the save after pitching 2.0 innings and only allowing one hit.
The Danes will play their home opener on Tuesday against Fordham for a single game. First pitch will begin at 3 p.m. at Varsity Field.