Baseball Swept By Maine
Score: Maine 8, UAlbany 7
Location: Varsity Field in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (18-25, 8-13 AE); Maine (17-29, 11-10 AE)
Short Story: UAlbany falls late to Maine on Senior Day.
Coach Mueller: “Today we really had a good game plan. Jack was dynamite for six innings. Our Achilles heel the last few weeks has been who will get those last couple outs. We really struggled in the seventh, struggled a bit in the eighth, and had a passed ball in the ninth. We weren’t good enough on the back end today. It’s disappointing. Baseball mirrors life; it’s about struggle, it’s about journey, it’s about the highs, it’s about the lows, but at the end of the day it’s about how you respond. I feel good about what we’re going to do. We have Sacred Heart on Tuesday and this team will be ready to go next weekend at UMBC to fight for a playoff spot.”
- UAlbany took its first lead in the series with two runs in the bottom of the first
- Jack McClure lasted 6.0 innings, allowing one run on one hit with seven strikeouts
- Brendan Smith lasted 0.2 relief innings, allowing three runs on four hits
- Ben Brown pitched 0.1 innings, allowing one run on one hit
- Dan Yankowski pitched 1.0 inning, allowing one run on three hits
- Nick Bird pitched 0.1 innings, allowing one hit
- Connor Takacs and Brenden Smith combined to pitch the final 0.2 innings
- Ryan Hernandez hit 3-4 with two doubles and three runs scored
- Nick Kondo hit 2-2 with a double, a run scored, and one RBI
- Maine scored seven runs in the final three innings
How it happened
- Maine loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first and came away with one run to take an early lead
- With two outs and runners on the corners in the bottom of the first, Connor Powers hit a bloop RBI single to right to tie the game at one. Marc Wangenstein successfully stole home in the next at bat when Powers delayed getting tagged in a rundown.
- Nick Kondo hit a sacrifice fly to center in the bottom of the second to give UAlbany a 3-1 lead
- Jack McClure struck out the side in the top of the fourth
- Chris Turco hit an RBI single up the middle with one out in the bottom of the fourth to give UAlbany a 4-1 lead
- McClure retired his 11th-straight Black Bear to end the top of the sixth inning
- UAlbany loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth and came away with one run when Brad Malm drew a walk. After Maine’s pitching change, UAlbany scored two more runs to take a 7-1 lead.
- Maine loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs
- Maine loaded the bases with one out in the top of the eighth, scoring two runs to cut the lead to one
- Maine tied the game at seven with back-to-back doubles to lead off the top of the ninth, and then loaded the bases with one out and scored additional run to take an 8-7 lead
- UAlbany’s rally attempt in the bottom of the ninth saw Kenny Hayden reach third base with one out, but wind up scoreless after an inning-ending double play
Next: UAlbany wraps the 2018 home schedule going 6-10. The Great Danes will play their final four games of the regular season on the road, starting Tuesday at Sacred Heart and ending with a three-game series at UMBC next weekend.