Baseball Finishes Regular Season With a Doubleheader Split Against Stony Brook
STONY BROOK, N.Y.— Closing out the 2016 regular season, the University at Albany baseball team (21-28, 9-14) split the series finale doubleheader with Stony Brook (24-25, 13-9), 1-0 and 4-0.
“It was a hard fought split, I thought both teams threw the ball very well today.” Said head coach Jon Mueller “The last few games were more like a conference tournament type game, so I’m hoping that prepares for this Wednesday against UMBC.”
In the top of the fifth of game one, with Kyle Sacks and Kevin Donati on the corners, Sacks went to steal second, allowing Donati to run home and beat the throw from the second baseman, putting UAlbany up 1-0.
Starter Marcus Failing (2-4) went 4.1 innings and allowed no earned runs on four hits and struck out one batter in the win. Hunter Torres put together 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just one hit. Dominic Savino (8) closed out the game and now stands alone in third place for saves in a season with eight.
In the second game, already up 1-0, Stony Brook added three runs including a bases loaded single by Bobby Honeyman that scored Casey Baker and Johnny Caputo. The Seawolves went up 4-0 after Jeremy Giles beat out a throw from Joey Tracy that scored Malcom Nachmanoff.
UAlbany had a chance to put some runs on the board in the top of the ninth with the bases loaded and no outs, but were put down three batters in a row to end the game.
Freshman Kenny McLean (1-4) pitched 3.0 innings, giving up just one earned run on four hits, along with four strikeouts in the loss. Brian Paulino went 1.2 innings and gave up three earned runs on three hits. Terry Dugdale, Angelo Spedafino and Derek Balbierz all pitched shutout innings over the remainder of the game.
The Danes return to the America East Tournament for the first time since 2013 and will face fourth place UMBC. UAlbany took a 2-1 series victory over the Retrievers earlier this season at Varsity Field. The first round will begin at noon on Wednesday at LeLacheur Park.