Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader Against Hofstra
SALEM, Va. – After a week which saw six games cancelled due to Winter Storm Stella, the University at Albany baseball team (6-5) patched together a three-game series in Virginia with Hofstra (4-13), one of their scheduled opponents from the now-cancelled Fordham tournament originally scheduled for this weekend. The Great Danes won both games of Saturday’s doubleheader, bringing their season record back over .500.
"It was a long day for the guys," said head coach Jon Mueller. "I think we got to the field at 8:30 this morning, had two two-hour rain delays in that first game. But we really battled all day against a good Hofstra team. Hofstra played hard, we played hard, and we really grinded out that second game against a good arm. We still need to clean some things up, but when you're winning games and still need to clean things up that's a real good sign. A lot of people contributed today, tremendous job out of the bullpen by Hutch again, and things are starting to take shape nicely. We have a big game tomorrow so we're looking foward to that."
The first game took more than six hours to complete in its entirety due to rain delays. Hofstra got on the board first in the top of the first inning with one run. UAlbany tied the game in the bottom of the first, and then scored two more runs in the bottom of the second. After a scoreless third, UAlbany added a run in both the bottom of the fourth and the fifth to take a 5-1 lead.
Hofstra added three runs in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 5-4, before UAlbany added two in the bottom of the sixth. Hofstra scored one each in the top of the seventh and the top of the ninth, but the Pride’s rally ultimately fell short and UAlbany won the game 7-6.
Starting pitcher Jack McClure, who was named America East Pitcher of the Week last week, went 5.0 innings, giving up one run on three hits with one strikeout and three walks. McClure was relieved by Hunter Torres, who gave up three runs in 1.0 innings, and Dominic Savino, who gave up two runs on four hits in 3.0 innings.
The second game started at 6:45 p.m. Most of the scoring for both teams took place in the first inning. Hofstra once again got on the board early, scoring two runs before UAlbany came up to bat. UAlbany answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning.
The game went scoreless until the top of the fourth, when Hofstra scored one run to tie the game. Another scoring drought lasted into the bottom of the seventh, when UAlbany earned a walk-off win, 4-3. Connor Powers earned a leadoff walk to start the bottom of the seventh. Kenny Hayden earned a walk as well in the next at-bat. After Eric Mueller struck out swinging, a passed ball in Travis Collins’ at bad allowed Powers and Hayden to advance to third and second, respectively. Collins hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Powers to win the game.
Four Great Danes accounted for all four RBIs in the second game. Starting pitcher Brendan Smith lasted 6.0 innings, striking out five and giving up three runs. David Hutchison pitched 1.0 innings in relief, striking out one and giving up one hit.
The Great Danes will play one more game against Hofstra on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.