Baseball Comes From Behind to Beat UMBC, 8-5
LOWELL, Mass. — The University at Albany baseball team (22-28) came back in the late innings to beat UMBC (28-22), 8-5. With outstanding pitching out of the bullpen, the Danes were able to take care of business and advance to play Binghamton on Friday.
“It was a great win for these guys, very proud of these guys at UAlbany.” Said head coach Jon Mueller
Trailing 5-3 in the top of the seventh inning, Will Miller put a streaming single past UMBC’s Mitchell Carroll to score Connor Powers from second base. Miller later scored to tie the game at five on a Tre Todd single into right field.
With Matt Hinchy on third in the top of the eighth, Evan Harasta singled to right field, scoring Hinchy. After Kevin Donati laid down a bunt and moved over to second on a wild pitch, Connor Powers came in clutch with a single up the middle scoring both Harasta and Donati, to give UAlbany their final lead of 8-5.
In the top of the second, with the bases loaded, Joey Tracy hit a sacrifice fly into right field to score Matt Hinchy from third, giving UAlbany an early 1-0 lead. The Danes extended their lead in the inning, after Kevin Donati scored on a passed ball and Connor Powers came home off a Karson Canaday single into left field, putting UAlbany up 3-0.
UMBC responded with three runs of their own of two hits in the bottom half of the inning, tying the game at three.
Brendan Ryan started the game, going 3.2 innings and allowed five earned runs on three hits while giving up five walks. Freshman Hunter Torres (2-1) showed true composure on the mound, coming to pitch 3.1 scoreless innings of relief and received the win. While Dominic Savino (9) earned his ninth save of the season pitching the final 2.0 innings, and put down two UMBC batters.
“We were tremendous out of the pen, Hunter was terrific and Dom was Dom,” added Mueller “Those guys have been terrific all year, they’ve been as good as anybody this year out of the pen in this conference.”
Patrick Phillips (1-1) was given the loss for UMBC going just 0.1 innings and allowed one earned run on two hits. Starter Conrad Wozniak went 6.2 innings and allowed four earned runs on six hits and had five strikeouts.
The Danes return to LeLacheur Park tomorrow at noon as they take on the top-seeded Binghamton Bearcats.