Baseball Takes First Of Three From Stony Brook
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Opening a three-game series with rival Stony Brook, the University at Albany baseball team (9-9, 2-2 AE) took the first game from the Seawolves (8-14, 2-2 AE) by a final score of 8-3. The series will conclude on Sunday with a doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m.
UAlbany opened up a quick lead in the top of the first inning with two runs, first from Kevin Donati crossing the plate on a fielder’s choice from Matt Hinchy, and then an RBI single to right from Kyle Sacks that scored Hinchy. The Great Danes added two more runs in the top of the second on an RBI single from Donati that scored Nick Kondo, and an RBI single up the middle from Connor Powers that scored Donati.
Stony Brook cut the lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the third, before UAlbany score two more runs in the top of the fifth. With runners on first and second, Sacks hit a two-RBI double to right center, scoring Marc Wangenstein and Evan Harasta to give UAlbany a 6-1 lead.
Stony Brook scored once in the bottom of the seventh before UAlbany scored its final two runs in the top of the eighth. Kondo hit a double down the right field line, scoring Harasta from third and Travis Collins from second. Stony Brook added one final run in the bottom of the inning, and a scoreless ninth brought the game to a close with UAlbany winning 8-3.
Harasta and Sacks led the team with two hits each, and Sacks drove in three runs to lead all Great Danes. Harasta and Donati each scored two runs.
UAlbany starter Jack McClure (3-0) lasted 6.0 innings, giving up one run on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Hunter Torres pitched the final 3.0 innings of the game, giving up two runs (one earned) on one hit with two strikeouts and one walk, earning his first save of the season.
“McClure was strong today and Torres followed him up with a good effort,” said head coach Jon Mueller. “We still have a lot of work left to do against a good ball club tomorrow.”
The Great Danes scored eight runs on eight hits with one error in the field. Stony Brook scored three runs on five hits, and also committed one error.
Sunday will feature the doubleheader originally scheduled for Saturday, but adjusted in anticipation of inclement weather. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.