Baseball Falls to Iona 13-1
Score: Iona 13, UAlbany 1
Location: Varsity Field in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (14-17, 6-6 AE); Iona (9-26, 3-6 MAAC)
Short Story: UAlbany falls big in a rematch with Iona, allowing nine walks to former Great Dane assistant coach Paul Panik’s new team.
Coach Mueller: “Today certainly wasn’t the teacher teaching the pupil but more the pupil teaching the teacher. I’m happy for Paul. His guys threw the ball very well. We didn’t take advantage of the walks they gave us, and we left 14 on base while handing out 12 free ones of our own. We didn’t do much offensively but these midweek games are always tough. You get guys out on the mound who haven’t been there in a week or two and get some guys in and out of the lineup to see what they can do during these games. When you win you feel great but when you don’t you have to learn from them, and we’re really excited about the challenge this weekend heading to Stony Brook.”
- Chris Turco hit 2-2 off the bench
- Kevin Donati hit 1-2 with three walks
- UAlbany and Iona combined to draw 19 walks in the game
- UAlbany left 14 runners on base; Iona left nine
Playing in a rematch with Iona, headed by former UAlbany assistant coach Paul Panik, the University at Albany baseball team fell 13-1 to the Gaels Wednesday in the final game before a series with Stony Brook this weekend.
After a scoreless first inning, Iona got on the board with two runs in the top of the second. The next three innings went by without a score before Iona broke open the game with four runs in the top of the sixth, and then five more in the top of the eighth to take an 11-0 lead. The Gaels scored two more in the top of the ninth for good measure.
The Great Danes loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning, but came away with no runs when catcher Josh Gurnack grounded into a 5-3 double play, the first of two in the game for UAlbany.
The Danes put runners on second and third in the bottom of the third with two outs with some aggressive baserunning but came away with no runs for the effort.
UAlbany finally scored in the bottom of the eight. Peter Torres, a substitute at catcher for Gurnack, worked a leadoff walk. He advanced to third two batters later when Patrick Lagravinese doubled to right. The next batter, Dolan Ocasal, grounded out to second, allowing Torres to cross the plate and Lagravinese to advance to third. It would be the Danes’ only run of the night.
By the end of the game, the teams combined to draw 19 walks. UAlbany starter Daniel St. Clair lasted 2.0 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Dan Yankowski pitched 3.0 relief innings, allowing just two hits on four strikeouts. Off the bench, Chris Turco hit 2-2, while starting designated hitter Kevin Donati hit 1-3 with three walks.
Next: UAlbany visits Stony Brook for three games starting Friday, April 19 before playing each of their next 10 at home.