Baseball Drops Doubleheader to Hartford; 11-0, 6-1
ALBANY, N.Y.— After a week off from their series win over UMass Lowell, the University at Albany baseball team (16-22, 5-9) were unable to continue their hot streak as they lost both games of Saturday’s doubleheader to Hartford (28-12, 10-7); 11-0, 6-1.
The Hawks started off game one with a triple to right field by Aaron Wilson who later scored off an Erik Ostberg single through the right side, to put Hartford up 1-0 in the top of the first inning.
In the top of the third, Wilson began the inning with a single to center field and after a failed pick off attempt at second base, moved to third and scored after Chris DelDebbio doubled into right field. DelDebbio scored one batter later when Ostberg doubled into left center.
Hartford added two more runs in the top half of the fifth when Ben Bengston homered over the left center field fence to also score Ostberg, and put the Hawks up 5-0.
Hartford closed out the game with five runs in the top of the ninth, including a DelDebbio double into right field that scored Wilson and Joe Roberti, giving them their final score of 11-0.
Kyle Gauthier (4-2) pitched 8.0 innings and allowed no earned runs on six hits and struck out four batters in the win.
Brendan Ryan (4-2) earned the loss for UAlbany, going 5.0 innings and allowed five earned runs on eight hits and struck out five batters.
Hartford went up early in game two after David MacKinnon scored on an Ostberg sacrifice fly into left field to go up 1-0.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Hawks added two more runs, when DelDebbio scored after Bengston hit into a fielder’s choice and Ostberg crossed home from a single into center from T.J. Ward.
Trailing 4-0, in the bottom of the sixth inning the Danes would score their first run of the day when Matt Codispoti hit a double into left field to score Connor Powers all the way from first base, putting UAlbany behind by three runs.
Hartford responded with two runs in the top of the seventh off an error and a wild pitch, giving them the final score of 6-1.
Brian Murphy (6-2) earned the win, pitching 6.0 innings and allowed one earned run on five hits and struck out seven Danes.
Stephen Woods (3-4) pitched 4.2 innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits and struck out five batters in the loss. Freshman Hunter Torres put together a nice outing in relief, pitching 2.1 innings and allowed no earned runs on one hit.
The Danes and the Hawks are scheduled to close out the series with a single game, starting at noon on Sunday. Marcus Failing will get the start for UAlbany, while Sam McKay is likely to start for Hartford.