Baseball Splits Doubleheader With UMass Lowell; 5-2, 6-1
LOWELL, Mass.— On a windy and sunny Saturday afternoon, the University at Albany baseball team (15-20, 4-7) split the doubleheader with UMass Lowell (17-18, 5-9) with scores of 5-2 and 6-1.
The Great Danes extended its win streak to five games in the 5-2 game one win, but the run eventually ended the next game with a 6-1 loss. Freshman RHP Dominic Savino moved into a tie for fifth for save in a season after picking up his fifth save in the game one victory.
Patrick Lagravinese started the top of the third inning with a walk and advanced to third after a sacrifice bunt from Will Miller and a fielder’s choice that got Kevin Donati out at first. Kyle Sacks then hit a triple to right center field, to give UAlbany an early 1-0 lead.
UMass Lowell opened up the bottom half of the third with a triple of their own by Joe Consolmagno and scored on the next play after Oscar Marchena hit into a 4-3 fielder’s choice to tie the game at one.
The Danes added two insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning with Miller and Donati starting off the inning with two singles. Miller scored on a sacrifice bunt off Sacks and Donati came home when Evan Harasta hit a double into right center field.
Brendan Ryan (4-1) earned the win, pitching 6.0 innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits. Savino earned his fifth save of the year, pitching 2.0 scoreless innings and allowed just two hits and struck out two batters.
Andrew Ryan (3-4) threw 5.0 innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits in the loss.
In game two, UAlbany opened up the scoring in the top of the fourth inning when Powers hit a single up the middle to score Sacks, who had also hit a single up the middle to start the inning.
The River Hawks took over in the bottom of the fifth, an inning in which all nine batters came up to bat against starter Stephen Woods.
Mark Tumosa, Ian Strom and Marchena all started the inning with singles. Turmosa scored on a single from Consolmagno, which was followed by a bases loaded walk to score Strom and a single by Michael Young brough home Marchena, putting UMass Lowell up 3-1.
The River Hawks added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth, two of them came off a Sacks error in right field when he was attempting to catch Consolmagno’s ball near the warning track. He would later score off a Tyler Noe single towards third base.
Woods (3-3) pitched 5.0 innings and allowed three earned runs on eight hits in the loss, but struck out seven River Hawks.
Steve Xirinachs (1-5) earned his first win of the season, pitching 5.1 innings and allowed one earned run on five hits.
Sacks powered the Danes on offense, with a .600 batting average on the day, including one RBI and one run scored. Powers also had an RBI and run, but finished with a .429 batting average.
The Danes and River Hawks will return to LeLacheur Field for the rubber match and series finale beginning at noon.