Baseball Defeats Manhattan 7-3
ALBANY, N.Y. – Playing in the fourth game of a season-long eight-game homestand, the University at Albany baseball team (16-22, 4-11 AE) defeated the visiting Manhattan Jaspers (13-29, 7-8 MAAC) 7-3.
The Jaspers scored one run in the top of the first inning, taking a quick 1-0 lead. UAlbany got on the board in the bottom of the second with two runs. Travis Collins kicked things off with a two-out solo home run to left field to tie the game at one. Next, Marc Wangenstein drew a walk and proceeded to steal second. Kyle Sacks hit a single through the left side that allowed Wangenstein to cross the plate for UAlbany's second run.
The Danes scored once in the bottom of the third, a solo home run to left from Connor Powers. After a scoreless fourth, UAlbany scored three times in the bottom of the fifth. Sacks led off the inning getting hit by a pitch. Stephen Loreng followed immediately earning a walk. Nick Kondo reached safely on an error by Manhattan's pitcher, loading the bases with no outs. Powers flied out to right field, and Evan Harasta next hit a single to center that scored Sacks from third and kept the bases loaded with no outs. Kevin Donati next hit a single to right, scoring Loreng. Matt Hinchy, the next batter, reached safely on a fielder's choice that saw Donati forced out at second and Kondo score to give the Danes a 6-1 lead.
UAlbany would score one more run in the bottom of the seventh after a scoreless sixth. Kondo led off the inning with a double to left, and Harasta took first after being hit by a pitch. Two batters later, Donati grounded out to second, allowing Kondo to score from third.
Manhattan scored once each in the top of the eighth and top of the ninth to bring the final score to 7-3. Collins led UAlbany with two hits, and Donati led with two RBIs. UAlbany starter Angelo Spedafino lasted 5.0 innings, allowing one run on five hits with two strikeouts. In relief, Joe Romero pitched 1.0 inning, allowing one hit and one walk. David Hutchison pitched 1.2 innings, allowing one hit and recording three strikeouts. Terry Dugdale pitched the final 1.1 innings of the game, allowing two runs on three hits.
UAlbany scored seven runs on eight hits and committed no errors. Manhattan scored three runs on 10 hits, committing two errors.
“The number one thing today was we made no errors,” said head coach Jon Mueller. “Any time you play clean baseball you give yourself a chance to win. I thought Angelo had a nice start, building off of his last few outings. And we had some guys get out there and do a good job after him. So, a nice win, we have another big game tomorrow, and we'll look forward to Stony Brook this weekend.”
The Great Danes will quickly retake the field to host Monmouth on Wednesday, May 3 at 3:00 p.m.