Baseball Takes Home Series Win Over UMass Lowell, 4-2
LOWELL, Mass.—Allowing just six hits in the rubber match, the University at Albany baseball team (16-20, 5-7) held off a late push by UMass Lowell (17-19, 5-10), winning the series and the game, 4-2
“It was a great series win today,” said head coach Jon Mueller “I felt as if the team that played cleaner defense would win the game.”
UMass Lowell scored in the home half of the first inning, after Ian Strom stole home after being walked and pushed over to third on two straight ground outs, to give the River Hawks a 1-0 lead.
Canaday would score again in the top of the fifth inning, when Patrick Lagravinese laid down a sacrifice bunt and was safe at first on a throwing error by the pitcher, to allow Canaday to score.
Lagravinese later scored on a sacrifice bunt from Donati and Miller, who had been hit by a pitch, came home off an Evan Harasta single into right field, to put UAlbany up 4-1.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Ian Strom led off with a single into right and scored a few batters later when Steve Passatempo singled into center field, giving UAlbany just a 4-2 lead.
UMass Lowell had runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth with two outs. Strom added another hit with a single through the right side, but pinch runner Tyler Noe got caught in a 9-2-6-2-5 pickle, when attempting to round third to end the game and give UAlbany the win.
Marcus Failing (1-4) won his first game as a Great Dane, going 6.0 innings and allowed one earned run on three hits and struck out three batters.
Hunter Torres and Dominic Savino both came in to pitch relief for Failing. Torres completed a perfect seventh inning after Failing had gave up a lead-off single. Savino (6) pitched the last 2.0 innings and allowed one earned run on three hits to get the save. With the save, Savino now is in tie for fourth for saves in a season.
“[Marucs] Failing gave us a great start and Torres and Savino both shortened the game.” Said Mueller
Nick Kuzia (2-5) pitched 5.0 innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits in the loss for the River Hawks.
The Great Danes return home for a non-conference matchup on Tuesday against Central Connecticut State University. The two teams have already played each other earlier in the season, with UAlbany winning 6-1. The game will begin at 3 p.m. at Varsity Field.