Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Hartford
Game One Score: UAlbany 10, Hartford 9 (10)
Game Two Score: Hartford 9, UAlbany 0 (6)
Location: Varsity Field in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (10-13, 2-6 AE); Hartford (8-18, 4-4 AE)
Short Story: UAlbany baseball splits a doubleheader with Hartford, walking off in the 10th in the early game to snap a six-game losing streak.
Coach Mueller: “We need to get off to a better start. I think in our last five conference games we’ve given up runs in the first inning. We just have to do a better job on the mound with that. At some point we have to go out and get some outs so we can play with a lead and establish a lead. Coming back in the first game was a great job by the guys, and gives us a chance for the series win tomorrow.”
- Game one – Brendan Smith lasted 3.2 innings, allowing six runs with four strikeouts and three walks
- Brad Malm hit 2-5 with a double and two RBIs
- Connor Powers hit 2-5 with a run scored
- Matt Codispoti hit 2-5 with a double and two RBIs
- Ryan Hernandez hit 2-5 with a double and one RBI
- Nick Kondo hit 2-5 with one RBI
- Kenny Hayden hit 2-5 with one RBI
- Seven Great Danes recorded at least one RBI
- Each position player in the starting lineup scored a run
- Dominic Savino earned his fourth win of the season
- UAlbany scored 10 runs on 14 hits
- The victory was UAlbany’s first at home this season
- The start of the game was delayed one hour to improve playing conditions on the field
- Game two – J.T. Genovese lasted 1.2 innings, allowing three runs on three hits
- Hartford’s Nicholas Dombkowski pitched a complete game shutout (6.0 innings), recording eight strikeouts
- Hartford scored nine runs on eight hits
- Hartford jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first
- UAlbany responded with one run in the bottom of the first. Patrick Lagravinese reached safely on an error by Hartford’s second baseman, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Matt Codispoti hit a single through the right side, driving in Lagravinese from second.
- UAlbany took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the second. With two outs and no one on, Nick Kondo bunted to reach safely, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Kenny Hayden singled through the right side, scoring Kondo. Hayden next stole second before Lagravinese drew a walk. With two on and two out, Brad Malm doubled to left center, clearing the bases.
- Hartford tied the game at four with one run in the top of the third
- Hartford retook their lead with two runs in the top of the fourth, and one each in the top of the fifth and top of the sixth
- Trailing 8-4, UAlbany scored one run in the bottom of the seventh. Travis Collins hit a leadoff double to right, and advanced to third when Marc Wangenstein flied out to right. Next, Ryan Hernandez drew a walk and Kondo was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded, a wild pitch allowed each runner to advance, with Collins crossing the plate.
- UAlbany took a 9-8 lead in the bottom of the eighth. Malm worked a leadoff walk ahead of Connor Powers singling to right, allowing Malm to advance to third. Codispoti drove in Malm with a double to left. A pitching change for Hartford led to Collins grounding out to second, allowing Powers to score and Codispoti to advance to second. Next, Wangenstein singled to second, allowing Codispoti to score. Wangenstein proceeded to steal second before Hernandez hit a double to left center, scoring Wangenstein.
- Hartford tied the game at nine in the top of the ninth, forcing extra innings.
- UAlbany walked off in the bottom of the 10th. With two outs and no one on, Hernandez singled to right, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Kondo next came up to bat and hit a walkoff single to center, scoring Hernandez from second base.
- Hartford scored two runs in the top of the first
- Hartford took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second
- Hartford added four runs in the top of the fourth
- Hartford scored the final two runs of the game in the top of the sixth to take a 9-0 lead
- UAlbany runners reached second base six times during the game but were never able to advance further
- The game was called after the sixth inning for darkness
Next: The Great Danes will play the series finale against Hartford tomorrow starting at noon.