Baseball Drops Rematch with St. John's, 3-2
QUEENS, N.Y.— Playing in a stalemate for the most part of nine innings, the University at Albany baseball team (20-26, 8-12) lost in the rematch with St. John’s (26-22-1, 8-7), 3-2.
"It was a great ball game, you had a bit of a pitcher's duel there," said head coach Jon Mueller "we were able to run a bunch of guys out there that hadn't been out there in a little bit.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the third and runners on second and third, Kevin Donati hit a grounder towards second base that scored Joey Tracy from third base. Kyle Sacks followed with a single through the left side, bringing home Karson Canaday from third, to tie the game at two.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Gavin Garay of St. John’s singled through the left side to score Josh Shaw from third, to give the Red Storm their final lead of the day at 3-2.
UAlbany used a platoon of pitchers in the game, starting with Marcus Failing who gave up the first two runs of the game to St. John’s. Angelo Spedafino then pitched 2.0 innings and allowed no earned runs and added on strikeout. Kenny McLean, Derek Balbielrz, Sam DeCelle, Joe Romero, Brian Paulino and Terry Dugdale all saw action in the game.
Paulino (1-4) pitched 0.2 innings and gave up one earned run and two hits, including the game winner to Garay, as well as two walks in the loss.
Thomas Hackimer (7-0) pitched the last 1.2 innings of the game and allowed no earned runs or hits, but walked two of the seven batters he faced. Hackimer, who is one of the nation’s top pitchers, dropped his ERA to 0.19 on the year.
The Danes will close out the regular season as they head down to Long Island to face the Stony Brook Seawolves in America East Conference play for a weekend series. Game one will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, with the teams closing out the series with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon.