Baseball Dominates in Doubleheader Sweep Over St. Peter's; 5-0, 17-5
ALBANY, N.Y.— Playing in near perfect weather conditions, the University at Albany baseball team (12-19, 3-6) combined for 31 hits and 23 runs in their Saturday doubleheader sweep over St. Peter’s (5-25, 1-8), 5-0 and 17-5.
In the bottom of the second inning in game one, Matt Hinchy lead off with a single through the left side, followed by a single from Evan Harasta to center field. Connor Powers cleared the bases with his fifth home run of the season with a deep ball over the right field fence to put the Danes up 3-0.
The bottom of the eighth inning also started with Hinchy and Harasta getting on base, but this time Powers advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt towards third base.
Tre Todd was then intentionally walked to load the bases, which allowed Karson Canaday to hit a sacrifice fly into right field to score Hinchy from third. Patrick Lagravinese then picked up his third hit of the game with a single to left center that scored Harasta from second and gave the Danes a 5-0 lead.
Brendan Ryan (3-1) won his second straight game after pitching 7.0 innings and allowed five hits and struck out six batters. Dominic Savino had another terrific outing in relief, going for 2.0 innings and only allowing one hit and struck out two Peacocks.
John Leiter (2-5) pitched the full 8.0 innings in the loss and gave up five earned runs on 10 hits and struck out six Danes.
Only up 7-5 in the bottom of the fifth, Todd, Canaday and Lagravinese loaded the bases with three straight singles. Will Miller hit in Todd and Canaday with a single into left field and Lagravinese scored on a bunt by Kevin Donati who reached on the play for a single.
With one out in the same inning, Hinchy hit a double to left field that scored Miller and Donati and came home off a Harasta double to right center field. Harasta scored on wild pitch later in the inning to put the Danes up 14-5.
In the bottom of the sixth, Lagravinese hit a triple down the right field line to start the inning and scored a few batters later when Kenny Hayden reached on error. Joey Tracy and Garrett Longhurst both scored when Matt Codispoti hit a triple into the gap in left center, and gave UAlbany a 17-5 lead.
The Danes started the scoring outburst in the bottom of the second when Canaday scored all the way from first off a single into right field from Lagravinese, who scored the next play when Miller singled into left field.
Hinchy and Harasta both singled in the bottom of the third and scored two batters later off a Todd stand up triple down the right field line. Todd scored on the next play when Canaday hit a single down the left field line.
Miller began the home half of the fourth with a triple down the left field line and Donati hit him home with a single through the left side. Donati later scored from third on a sacrifice fly to left field from Hinchy.
Hunter Torres (1-1) earned his first career win as a Great Dane, after pitching 3.2 innings and allowed one earned run on four hits. Starter Marcus Failing went 3.1 innings and allowed four earned runs on five hits and struck out three batters.
Willie Krajnick (0-5) had a tough outing, pitching 4.0 innings and allowed 11 earned runs on 15 hits.
Lagravinese lead the Danes in hitting, going six-for-eight on the day with two RBI’s. Hinchy also put together a .750 afternoon with three RBI’s. As a team the Danes hit .476 in the doubleheader including a .662 slugging percentage.
“Hunter picked us up out of the bullpen in game two,” said Mueller “the bats came alive and a lot of our young guys are starting to really make some progress.”
The Danes and Peacocks will meet tomorrow at noon for the series fianale at Varsity Field. Tomorrow's game will be played for the Vs. Cancer Foundation.