Baseball Dominates Manhattan in 21-9 Win
WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y.— Playing under the lights in cloudy and light rain conditions, the University at Albany Baseball team (17-22, 5-9) controlled the entirety of the game over Manhattan (15-27, 6-9), winning 21-9.
“We were hoping to get this thing kick-started after a tough weekend,” said head coach Jon Mueller “It was a tremendous offensive approach by the guys, Evan Harasta and a number of guys had a good day today.”
UAlbany started the night with Kyle Sacks hitting a single that scored Will Miller after the Manhattan centerfielder slipped in the outfield. Tre Todd scored the next play, when Matt Hinchy singled through the right side.
Sacks and Hinchy scored off a single into right center by Connor Powers, to put UAlbany up 4-0 in the top of the first. Evan Harasta and Powers later scored in the inning when Miller hit a ball to the third baseman who mishandled the ball, sending it to left field and giving the Danes the 6-0 lead after one.
In the top of the second inning, Hinchy tripled to deep right field with one out and scored on a Harasta single to short. Harasta scored a few batters later when Joey Tracy hit a double into right field, putting the Danes up 8-0 early in the game.
Trailing 12-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Manhattan put up five runs, giving UAlbany just a three run lead.
Tre Todd started the top of the fifth inning with a double into left field and scored when Powers walked with the bases loaded. Sacks scored on the next play after Tracy hit a sacrifice fly into center field. Canaday then hit a single into center to score Harasta and gave the Danes a 15-9 lead.
Leading 20-9 in the top of the eighth, Harasta hit his first home run of the season with a deep shot over the left field wall, giving the Danes a 12 run lead.
UAlbany starter, Sam DeCelle went 3.0 innings and allowed nine earned runs on nine hits and struck out four in his first career start.
Junior Joe Romero (1-2) went 4.0 shutout innings and allowed three hits and struck out two batters in the win.
“Joey Romero really picked us up in the middle of the game, he really settled the game down.” Said Mueller
Harasta led all batters with a 3-for-4 day with five RBI’s and five runs score. Powers put together a .500 night with four RBI’s and two runs scored. Hinchy batted 2-for-3 and had two RBI’s with three runs scored.
The Great Danes return home this weekend for an America East Conference series against the University of Maine. Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at noon on Varsity Field, and the team’s will play their finale on Sunday starting at noon.