Baseball Rebounds To Beat UMBC 10-2
ALBANY, N.Y. – After falling in both games of Saturday's doubleheader, the University at Albany baseball team (15-22, 4-11 AE) regrouped Sunday to defeat visiting UMBC (16-18, 9-6 AE) 10-2 in the series finale.
The Great Danes committed errors in UMBC's second and third at-bats in the top of the first inning, resulting in a quick score for the Retrievers. UAlbany would respond to tie game at one in the bottom of the third inning behind a home run to right field by Travis Collins.
UAlbany broke open the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Kevin Donati, the inning's second batter, hit a single through the left side. In the next at-bat, Matt Hinchy doubled down the right field line, scoring Donati from first. With Marc Wangenstein at the plate, Hinchy advanced to third on a passed ball. Wangenstein next reached safely on an error by UMBC's shortstop, which also allowed Hinchy to cross the plate for another run. Kyle Sacks came up next, and grounded out to second, but Wangenstein was able to score on an error by UMBC's third baseman, bringing the score to 4-1 in favor of UAlbany.
The Danes added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Patrick Lagravinese drew a leadoff walk, followed by an RBI double down the left field line from Evan Harasta. Next, Connor Powers hit a double to left, allowing Harasta to score from second. The Great Danes now led 6-1.
After a scoreless sixth and seventh, UMBC finally broke through again with one run in the top of the eighth. UAlbany responded immediately, scoring four runs in the bottom of the inning. After Wangenstein fouled out to the UMBC catcher, Sacks hit a single to center. Travis Collins next took base after he was hit by a pitch. Nick Kondo came up to the plate and hit a single to left center that scored Sacks from second and advanced Collins to third. With Lagravinese at the plate, Kondo stole second before Lagravinese reached safely on an error by the UMBC shortstop which allowed Collins to score. Next, Harasta came up to bat. Lagravinese and Kondo pulled off a double steal, and advanced one base further each after the play at second was mishandled. The final run of the game scored when Lagravinese crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly to center from Harasta, bringing the final score to 10-2 in favor of UAlbany.
Powers and Donati each had two hits to lead UAlbany in Sunday's game. Harasta led the team with two RBIs. UAlbany starter, J.T. Genovese (2-1), lasted 7.0 innings, allowing one run (none earned) on seven hits with two strikeouts and five walks. Ray Weber pitched the final 2.0 innings in relief, allowing one run on two hits with one strikeout and one walk.
UAlbany scored 10 runs on nine hits while committing two errors in the field. UMBC scored two runs on nine hits, but committed five errors.
“I thought J.T. was really good today,” said head coach Jon Mueller. “He really picked us up in the last game of the series. We put up a bunch of runs in the middle and end of the game to give us a bit of breathing room. If we can pound the zone and play defense it will give us a chance to be more competitive than we've been. We're still searching for that series win, but we'll look for it against Stony Brook next weekend.”
UAlbany continues its eight-game home stand with mid-week games against Manhattan on Tuesday and Monmouth on Wednesday before hosting a rematch series against Stony Brook next weekend.