Baseball Sweeps Stony Brook
Game One Score: UAlbany 16, Stony Brook 4
Game Two Score: UAlbany 4, Stony Brook 3
Location: Varsity Field in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (14-15, 5-7 AE); Stony Brook (19-15, 6-6 AE)
Short Story: UAlbany baseball walks off in the bottom of the seventh in Saturday’s second game to earn a three-game series sweep against the America East’s top team, Stony Brook, regaining momentum in the conference standings.
Coach Mueller: “A week ago I was really worried an concerned with Stony Brook coming in. We had lost some tough games and had some things not go our way. But this weekend we really swung the bats well against a very, very good baseball team. I thought that John Clayton was tremendous today. He’s done that all year long for us, keeping us in games. The bats exploded in that first game, and the second game was a typical nail-biter. Dom went seven innings and was an out away from finishing it off. We loaded the bases with a couple of gritty at bats off of perhaps the best closer in the conference. It completely changes things around for us and I’m so proud of the guys. It’s a really exciting win for us and it’s something to build on after this weekend.”
- Game one – John Clayton lasted 6.0 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts
- Brendan Cournoyer and Nick Bird combined for 3.0 shutout innings with four strikeouts
- Marc Wangenstien hit 2-5 with a double, a triple, three RBIs
- Connor Powers hit 2-5 with two doubles and two RBIs
- Matt Codispoti hit 1-4 with an RBI and three runs scored
- Patrick Lagravinese hit 2-3 with a double, and RBI, and three runs scored
- Brad Malm hit 1-4 with an RBI and two runs scored
- Josh Gurnack hit 4-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored
- UAlbany scored 16 runs of 14 hits
- Game two – Dominic Savino pitched a complete game (7.0 innings), allowing three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts
- Travis Collins hit 2-3
- Powers hit a walk-off RBI single with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh
- Codispoti hit 1-2 with a double
- Nick Kondo hit 1-3 with a double and an RBI
- Stony Brook scored one run in the top of the second
- UAlbany responded immediately to tie the game in the bottom of the second. With two outs and runners on second and third, Patrick Lagravinese scored on a wild pitch during Nick Kondo’s at bat.
- Stony Brook retook the lead in the top of the third with a home run off the top of the scoreboard in right field
- Marc Wangenstein robbed a home run from Stony Brook third baseman Bobby Honeyman on the right field warning track to end the top of the third
- UAlbany scored seven runs in the bottom of the third before an out was recorded, and eight total. Josh Gurnack led off with a single to third, and advanced to second when Travis Collins drew a walk. Wangenstein next hit a double down the left field line, allowing Gurnack to score. Wangenstein and Collins scored in the next at bat when Connor Powers hit a double down the right field line. Matt Codispoti singled to left and advance to second on a wild pitch that allowed Powers to score from third. Lagravinese next worked a walk before Ryan Hernandez hit a single through the left side scoring Codispoti. After Stony Brook made a pitching change, Brad Malm reached safely on an error by the new pitcher. With the bases loaded an no outs, Kondo worked a walk, forcing in Lagravinese. Gurnack came back up and hit a single to center, scoring Hernandez. Stony Brook finally recorded its first out of the inning when Collins flied out to right. UAlbany added one more run in the inning when Wangenstein reached safely on a fielder’s choice that saw allowed Malm to score before Kondo was doubled up at home after the double-play attempt at first.
- UAlbany added six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Powers led off with a double to left. Codispoti next reached safely on an error by Stony Brook’s right fielder, and advanced to second while Powers scored. Lagravinese next hit a double, scoring Codispoti. With one out and runners on first and third, Kondo reached on a failed fielder’s choice that saw Malm beat the throw at second, driving in Lagravinese. Gurnack hit an RBI single before Collins hit an RBI double to bring UAlbany’s total to 15 runs scored.
- Stony Brook scored twice in the top of the fifth to cut the lead to 15-4
- UAlbany scored once in the bottom of the fifth. With the bases loaded and no outs, Malm hit a sacrifice fly to deep left field, allowing Codispoti to tag and score from third.
- Wangenstein hit a triple to deep center off the center field fence with two outs in the bottom of the sixth
- UAlbany went on to win 16-4, matching the team’s season-high single-game scoring total from last year
- Stony Brook struck first early, scoring twice in the top of the first
- UAlbany loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the second, coming away with three runs. Codispoti led off reaching safely on an error by Stony Brook’s shortstop, and advanced to second when Lagravinese singled to right. Hernandez loaded the bases with a single through the left side. Malm hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Codispoti. Kondo came up and hit an RBI double to left. Two batters later, Hernandez scored from third on a wild pitch to give UAlbany the lead.
- Stony Brook tied the game at three with one run in the top of the seventh
- With one out and no one on in the bottom of the seventh, Kenny Hayden hit a single up the middle, and advanced to second when Collins singled to the pitcher. Wangenstein loaded the bases, beating out the throw to first from Stony Brook’s shortstop. Powers came to the plate and ripped a single off the pitcher’s leg and out of the reach of the second baseman to drive in Hayden and secure the series sweep, 4-3.
Next: UAlbany will play one mid-week game next week at Fairleigh Dickinson before visiting Binghamton for a three-game series next weekend.