Baseball Takes Two From Longwood To Open Season
FARMVILLE, Va. – After splitting a doubleheader with host Longwood to open the season on Saturday, the University at Albany baseball program (2-1) faced the Lancers (2-6) for a Sunday afternoon rubber-match. For the second time in two games, the Great Danes put on an offensive display, defeating the Lancers 13-6 to take two out of three in the series.
“I think we came out today with a lot of energy,” said head coach Jon Mueller. “I think that was the key all weekend.”
The Great Danes opened up a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Longwood responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning. UAlbany scored twice more in the top of the second to take a 4-1 lead.
As they did in the first game yesterday, the Great Danes scored five runs in the top of the third, extending the lead to 9-1. A scoreless fourth gave way to four more UAlbany runs in the top of the fifth, bringing the lead to 13-1.
Longwood scored three in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to nine, and then two in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to seven. The Lancers would come no closer, with UAlbany taking the victory 13-6 to win the series.
UAlbany’s 13 runs came on 13 hits, and the defense committed one error in the field. Longwood scored six runs on seven hits, but committed six errors during the game.
UAlbany starter J.T. Genovese pitched 4.1 innings, giving up four runs on four hits, and recording five strikeouts next to four walks. Derek Balbierz relieved Genovese in the fifth, pitching 0.2 innings. Hunter Torres and Joe Romero pitched one inning each leading to Dominic Savino wrapping up the final two innings of the game.
“Offensively, we attacked early, putting up nine runs in the first three innings. We had some really quality at-bats by a lot of different guys. J.T. went out for the first time and gave us a good, solid start. And we were able to get Dom in there, and Romero, and Balbierz, and Torres.”
Next, the Great Danes will visit Conway, South Carolina for the Tidelands Health Classic from Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5. They will play four games, including one on Saturday against defending national champion Coastal Carolina.
“The great thing about a weekend like this is everybody got a chance to get on the field. We found out some answers, and we’ll find out more answers to our questions next week moving forward to a great weekend at Coastal, but I’m really excited about where this team is right now.”