QUEENS, N.Y. – The University at Albany baseball team (10-14, 3-6 AE) played a regularly scheduled game for the first time in a week on Tuesday, visiting #22 St. John’s (23-5, 5-1 Big East) for a true road game to kick off five games this week. The Red Storm defeated UAlbany 9-3.
The home schedule for UAlbany has been delayed by more than a week, as the home games during the middle of last week were cancelled due to rain, and the home series against UMass Lowell was moved to the road due to unplayable conditions at University Field. Today, UAlbany played a true road game that had not been affected by the weather.
After a scoreless first inning, St. John’s struck first with four runs in the bottom of the second. The Red Storm added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth and one more in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-0 lead.
UAlbany scored all of its runs in the top of the sixth. Kevin Donati led off the inning with a solo home run to left field. The next batter, Kyle Sacks, was hit by a pitch and took first base. After Patrick Lagravinese flied to center, Matt Codispoti hit a two-run home run to left, cutting the lead to 7-3.
St. John’s responded with one run in the bottom of the sixth, and scored one final time in the bottom of the eight to win the game 9-3.
Starting pitcher Joe Romero (0-1) lasted 4.0 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and two walks. In relief, Marcus Failing, Ray Weber, and Dominic Savino combined for the final 4.0 innings, two runs, three hits, one strikeout and one walk.
UAlbany scored three runs on five hits with no errors. The Great Danes left 11 runners on base. St. John’s scored nine runs on 12 hits with three errors.
“We left a number of guys on base today,” said head coach Jon Mueller. “You have to take advantage of free bees when they are offered. There is a reason they are ranked so high.”
UAlbany will play another road game tomorrow, against Manhattan. This weekend, the Great Danes will host their home opener in a three-game series against Binghamton starting on Friday.