Baseball Swept by Binghamton, Lose 9-4, 8-6 in Doubleheader
BOX SCORE GAME 1 I BOX SCORE GAME 2
VESTAL, N.Y.— Looking to avoid being swept since their first series of the season, the University at Albany baseball team (8-15, 1-5) was unable to comeback from large deficits in each game of Saturday’s doubleheader losing to Binghamton (10-15, 6-0) 9-4 and 8-6.
Trailing 8-1 in the top of the fourth in game one, Matt Hinchy singled to right field and after the bases were loaded, Will Miller was walked to give the Danes their second run of the game.
Kyle Sacks began the top of the fifth with a double to right field, and after Evan Harasta walked and Hinchy single through the right side to load the bases, Joey Tracy hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Sacks. Harasta scored one batter later when Connor Powers singled into centerfield, which had the Danes only trailing 8-4.
Miller started the top of the sixth inning with a single to left field, then advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored off a Hinchy single to right field.
With their last chance to bat to tie the game, Joey Tracy singled up the middle to start the seventh, then Kenny Hayden came in to pinch run and scored two batters later when Matt Codispoti grounded out to third.
Already up 3-1, Binghamton exploded for five runs in the bottom up the third, when they had the bases loaded with no outs and Paul Rufo doubled to right center to clear the bases. Rufo and Darian Herncane later scored on a single by CJ Krowiak to put the Bearcats up 8-1.
Hinchy led the Danes offensively in game two, going 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored and Powers was behind him hitting 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Brendan Skidmore went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored for Binghamton.
Kenny McLean (1-3) earned his second loss in as many games, pitching just 2.1 innings and allowed five earned runs on seven hits.
Mike Bunal (2-3) picked up the win, pitching 4.0 innings and allowed four earned runs on six hits and walked four batters.
Already down 9-2, the Danes showed some spark in the top of the ninth in game one. Tracy began the inning with a single to center field, and was followed by a Garret Longhurst and Karson Canaday walk.
With the bases loaded, Miller hit into a fielder’s choice that got Canaday out at second but scored Lagravinese from third, who was pinch running for Tracy. Longhurst scored on the next play when Donati grounded out to the shortstop, which ended up being the final run for UAlbany and the game.
UAlbany tied the game in the top of third, when Powers started the inning with a single to second base and later scored when Donati hit into a groundout to third base. Canaday would also score after Harasta was walked with the bases loaded, to tie the game at 2-2.
Binghamton would answer with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Chris McGee and Krowiak both hit singles, with McGee scoring on a sacrifice fly from David Schanz. Skidmore later hit in Krowiak on a single up the middle and scored the next play when Eddie Posavec doubled into left centerfield.
Tracy powered UAlbany at bat in the first game, hitting 2-for-4 and Donati had two RBI’s in the game.
Stephen Woods (3-2) went just 4.0 innings and let in five earned runs on seven hits, but struck out six batters in the loss.
Jake Wloczewski (2-0) earned the win for Binghamton pitched 7.0 innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits and walked three Danes.
The Danes will travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to take on Marist for a doubleheader on Tuesday. The first game will begin at 2 p.m. at McCann Baseball Field.