Baseball Falls In Series Finale to Binghamton 15-3
Score: Binghamton 15, UAlbany 3
Location: Varsity Field in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (9-13, 2-4 AE); Binghamton (10-11, 3-2 AE)
Short Story: Nick Kondo hits his first home run of the season but UAlbany falls in the series finale with Binghamton 15-3.
Coach Mueller: “Hats off to Binghamton today. We struggled on the hill and we could not put together any big innings offensively.”
- UAlbany starter Ray Weber lasted 3.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with three strikeouts and three walks
- Nick Kondo hit 3-5 with a double, a home run, and two runs scored
- Patrick Lagravinese hit 1-4 with a triple
- Matt Codispoti hit 1-3 with a double
- Binghamton starter Thomas Babalis lasted 5.0 innings allowing two runs on four hits with two strikeouts
- Binghamton out-hit UAlbany 42-19 during the series
After splitting Saturday’s doubleheader with the visiting Binghamton Bearcats, the University at Albany took to Varsity Field Sunday afternoon looking to claim their first America East series victory of the season. The Great Danes ultimately stumbled Sunday against the Bearcats, falling by a final score of 15-3. Weather had pushed the start of the game from its original time of noon to 3:00 p.m., and the teams would fight with the cold and the high winds for the duration of the game.
After a scoreless first, UAlbany loaded the bases in the bottom of the second. Alex Thul singled to center and advanced to second two batters later when Matt Codispoti drew a full-count walk. Dolan Ocasal was hit during his at bat to load the bases with two outs. Binghamton’s defense came through to keep the Great Danes off the scoreboard, throwing out Kenny Hayden on a grounder to the second baseman.
Binghamton threatened for the first time in the top of the third, putting runners on first and third after a bloop single to shallow right field with two outs. UAlbany starting pitcher, Ray Weber, got the next batter to ground back to the mound, and Weber gathered the ball and tagged the runner out at first himself.
With two outs and none on in the bottom of the third, Patrick Lagravinese hit a triple down the right field line. The next batter, Marc Wangenstein, got hit to put runners on the corners with Thul coming up to bat. Thul lined out to shortstop to end the inning before the Danes could cross the plate.
Binghamton broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fourth. With one out and a runner on second, Binghamton crossed the plate on a hard liner to UAlbany third baseman Brad Malm, and then the Bearcats hit an RBI double to deep center to take a 2-0 lead.
After the Bearcats added four runs in the top of the fifth, Hayden led off the bottom of the inning with a single to left-center. Hayden advanced to third when Nick Kondo hit a double to deep left-center, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Hayden put UAlbany on the board during the next at bat, crossing the plate on a passed ball to cut the Bearcats’ lead to 6-1. Kondo scored on a sacrifice fly to left field from Jason Bottari, bringing UAlbany within four through five.
With two outs and runners on first and second in the top of the sixth, Binghamton hit a double off the wall in left-center to clear the bases and take an 8-2 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Codispoti hit a double to deep center with Malm on first and one out. Malm rounded third on the play trying to score, but was thrown out at the play by the Binghamton center fielder.
Binghamton added two runs in the top of the seventh to take a 10-2 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Kondo hit a one-out, solo home run to left field, his first homer of the season, to cut UAlbany’s deficit to seven.
The Bearcats scored five runs in the top of the eighth to take a 15-3 lead, kicking their scoring off with a two-run home run to straightaway center that cleared the high fencing.
The Great Danes could not field a baserunner in the bottom of the eighth. They avoided another score from Binghamotn in the top of the ninth, stranding one Bearcat on base. With two outs an no one on in the bottom of the ninth, Kondo legged out an infield single to shortstop, and then took second in the next at-bat to try and extend the game, but Bottaro lined out to first to end the game and give Binghamton the 15-3 victory.
Kondo finished the game hitting 3-5 with a double, a home run, and two runs scored. Bottari finished 1-4 with one RBI. Lagravinese hit 1-4 with a triple, and Codispoti hit 1-3 with a double. On the mound, Weber lasted 3.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with three strikeouts. Four UAlbany pitchers, Kenny McLean, Connor Takacs, Nick Bird, and Hunter Torres, combined to pitch the final 4.0 innings, allowing 12 run on 13 hits with five strikeouts.
Next: The Great Danes return to action on Tuesday, April 2 for one game at Marist, and will return to Varsity Field for a three-game set with UMBC starting Saturday, April 13.