Baseball Dominates UMBC in Series Opener, 10-4
ALBANY, N.Y.— Combining for seven runs early in the game, the University at Albany Great Danes (9-17, 2-5) took control of the series opener against UMBC (13-13, 4-2), winning 10-4.
“We did a nice job of getting to that bullpen early, with a really good offensive approach.” said head coach Jon Mueller “This was a game we sorely needed and now we go into tomorrow with a little momentum.”
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the third, with two outs, Kevin Donati hit a single up the middle to score Connor Powers from third base to tie the game. Kyle Sacks followed with a single to left field and then Matt Hinchy joined with a single of his own up the middle to score Donati from second.
Evan Harasta would then clear the bases on a deep double over the center fielder’s head that scored Sacks and Hinchy to put the Danes up 4-1.
In the bottom of the fourth, Powers led off with a home run over the right field fence, giving UAlbany a 5-1 lead. Karson Canaday and Will Miller later scored in the inning, when the UMBC shortstop threw the ball past first base attempting to get Hinchy out, allowing the runners to score.
UAlbany added one more run in the seventh and eighth inning with a bases loaded hit by pitch to Canaday that scored Harasta and a sacrifice fly to right field from Joey Tracy to bring home Sacks and gave the Danes a 10-4 lead.
UMBC put three runs on the board in the top of the eighth, after Jamie Switalski doubled to right center that brought in Kevin Lachance and Anthony Gatto. Switalski later scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Andrew Casali.
Powers led the Danes offensively, going 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored. Harasta added two RBI’s with a 2-for-5 day and scored a run.
Switalski had three of UMBC’s five hits on the day, with two RBI’s and one run scored.
Brendan Ryan (2-1) started in his first game of the season, and pitched 7.1 innings and allowed four earned runs on five hits and struck out two Retrievers.
“It was an outstanding performance from Brendan Ryan, he really stepped up by pitching into the eighth inning.” said Mueller
Sam Decelle closed out the game, pitching 1.2 innings and allowed no earned runs or hits.
Riley Stephenson (2-3) was given the loss, going just 3.0 innings and giving up five earned runs on eight hits.
The Danes and Retrievers will return to Varsity Field on Sunday for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Pitching for UAlbany will be RHP Ryan Stinar and LHP Marcus Failing. RHP Conrad Wozniak and RHP Jacob Christian take the mound for UMBC.