STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The University at Albany baseball team (9-11, 2-4 AE) wrapped a three-game series with Stony Brook (10-14, 4-2 AE) on Sunday with a doubleheader. The Great Danes won the series opener on Saturday, but ultimately lost the series 2-1 after dropping both games this afternoon, 8-3 in the first game and 7-1 in the second. UAlbany has now lost its first two America East series 2-1.
The Great Danes struck first in the first game of the day, scoring one run in the top of the first inning. Evan Harasta drove in Connor Powers from second base with a base hit to right center. UAlbany extended its lead to 3-0 in the top of the second when Kevin Donati hit an RBI double to center and Marc Wangenstein worked a bases-loaded walk. The Danes would not score again in the game and Stony Brook would score the next eight to win 8-3, starting with three in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Eric Mueller recorded the only multi-hit game for UAlbany, going 2-4 with one run scored. The Danes’ starter, David Hutchison (0-2), lasted 5.0 innings, giving up five runs on six hits with four strikeouts and four walks. In relief, Dominic Savino pitched 2.0 innings, allowing just one hit against four strikeouts and one walk. Ryan Daugherty and J.T. Genovese combined for the remaining 1.0 inning, allowing one hit between them.
UAlbany scored three runs on eight hits while committing two errors. Stony Brook scored eight runs on nine hits with no errors.
The Great Danes fared no better in the second game. Despite once again scoring first, a solo home run from Travis Collins in the top of the second inning, UAlbany gave up seven runs in the next four innings to fall 7-1.
Powers had two hits to lead UAlbany in the second game. Brendan Smith (0-2) lasted 2.2 innings to start the game, giving up five runs on five hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Savino came in to pitch 2.1 innings, giving up two runs on five hits with one strikeout and one walk. Joe Romero pitched the final inning, striking out one and walking one.
“We had a disappointing couple of losses today,” said head coach Jon Mueller. “We struggled offensively all day.”
UAlbany scored one run on six hits with no errors. Stony Brook scored seven runs on 10 hits, also with no errors.
UAlbany will play its next five games at home, including its home opener on Tuesday, April 4 against Marist.