Baseball Falls in UMass Lowell Series Finale 11-8
Score: UMass Lowell 11, UAlbany 8
Location: LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.
Records: UAlbany (12-14, 4-5 AE); UMass Lowell (7-23, 4-5 AE)
Short Story: UAlbany falls in a high-scoring series finale at UMass Lowell.
Coach Mueller: “We got off to a rocky start today and battled all day. We had our chances to get back in the game but we could not get over the hump. At the end of the day our goal was to win the series and we achieved that primary goal.”
- Nick Kondo hit 2-4 with two runs scored
- Patrick Lagravinese hit 0-2 with one RBI, two runs scored, and three walks
- Marc Wangenstein hit 2-4 with one RBI and one run scored
- Travis Collins hit 1-2 with two RBIs, one run scored, and two walks
- Brad Malm hit 1-5 with three RBIs
- Matt Codispoti hit 2-3 with a run scored off the bench
- UAlbany stranded 14 baserunners, compared to UMass Lowell’s six
- UAlbany drew 11 walks
The University at Albany baseball team won its first America East series of the season this weekend, sweeping a doubleheader at UMass Lowell on Saturday, clinching the series with the finale to play on Sunday. The Riverhawks rebounded to take the series finale and avoid the sweep, winning by a final score of 11-8.
UAlbany kicked off the game with two runs in the top of the first inning. Nick Kondo led off with a single up the middle, and advanced to second when Josh Loeffler took first after being hit by a pitch. Patrick Lagravinese worked a five-pitch walk to load the bases with no outs. Two batters later, Travis Collins drew a four-pitch, bases-loaded walk to force in Kondo and give UAlbany an early lead. Brad Malm, the next batter, grounded out to first, allowing Loeffler to score from third.
UMass Lowell responded with three runs to take the lead in the bottom of the inning, and three more in the bottom of the second. UAlbany responded with three runs in the top of the third to cut the Riverhawk lead to 6-5. Lagravinese, Marc Wangenstein, and Collins each walked to start the inning, loading the bases with no outs. Malm hit a single up the middle, scoring Lagravinese and Wangenstein. UMass Lowell made a pitching change, and two batters later Dolan Ocasal singled to center, scoring Collins.
The Riverhawks scored three more runs in the bottom of the third to go up 9-5. The Great Danes scored once in the top of the fourth. Lagravinese worked a two-out walk, and advanced to second when Wangenstein singled up the middle. Both runners advanced when Collins singled up the middle, with Lagravinese coming around to score.
The next two innings went by without either team scoring, before UAlbany crossed the plate twice in the top of the seventh. Coming off the bench, Matt Codispoti hit a one-out single to left, and advanced to second when Kondo singled to third. Loeffler worked a four-pitch walk, loading the bases. Lagravinese next hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Codispoti from third, and Kondo scored from second in the next at-bat when Wangenstein singled up the middle, bringing UAlbany within one.
UMass Lowell held UAlbany scoreless in the top of the eighth, and added two insurance runs in the bottom of the inning to go up three, 11-8. In the top of the ninth, the Riverhawks retired the side in order before UAlbany could mount a comeback.
Malm finished hitting 1-5 with three RBIs, while Kondo hit 2-4 and scored twice. Collins hit 1-2 with two RBIs and one run scored, and Wangenstein hit 2-5 with one RBI and one run scored. Codispoti came off the bench to hit 2-3 and score one run. In relief, Kenny McLean threw 4.0 innings, allowing one run on two hits with one strikeout and two walks.
Next: The Great Danes play one mid-week game at St. John’s on Tuesday, April 9 before hosting UMBC for three games starting Saturday, April 13.