Baseball Splits with Stony Brook
Game One Score: Stony Brook 8, UAlbany 3
Game Two Score: UAlbany 4, Stony Brook 3
Location: Joe Nathan Field in Stony Brook, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (15-18, 7-7 AE); Stony Brook (21-12, 10-4 AE)
Short Story: UAlbany splits the series-opening doubleheader against first-place Stony Brook after bouncing back to win game two.
- Dominic Savino lasted 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts
- Nick Kondo hit 2-4 with a triple and one run scored
- Brad Malm hit 2-4 with a double and a run scored
- Dolan Ocasal hit 2-4 with a double, one RBI, and one run scored
- Stony Brook stranded 13 baserunners
- John Clayton pitched 5.0 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with six strikeouts
- Joe Kruszka earned a two-inning save, his seventh of the season, allowing one run on one hit with three strikeouts
- Brad Malm hit 2-3 with a double, a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored
- Marc Wangenstein hit 2-3 with an RBI
Looking to bounce back from a lopsided midweek loss against Iona, the University at Albany baseball team headed south to take on America East rival and first place team Stony Brook for a double-header on Friday. UAlbany had won each of the last five meetings in the series, all of which had taken place in Albany.
Entering Friday’s matchup, Stony Brook led the America East in six team categories, including fielding percentage where they ranked fourth nationally. Additionally, the Seawolves boasted conference leaders in five individual categories.
Stony Brook got on the board first, scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning. They added three more in the bottom of the second before UAlbany broke onto the scoreboard with one run in the top of the third. Brad Malm hit a leadoff double to center, followed by Dolan Ocasal hitting an RBI double to right.
A scoreless fourth led to another UAlbany run in the top of the fifth. With two outs and no one on, Nick Kondo tripled to right-center, and scored when Travis Collins reached on a fielding error by the Stony Brook first baseman, cutting the Seawolves lead to 4-2.
UAlbany closed within 4-3 in the top of the seventh. Ocasal hit a leadoff single up the middle. Two batters later, Kondo and Collins hit back-to-back singles to load the bases with one out. Finally, Kevin Donati hit a single to short, scoring Ocasal and keeping the bases loaded. The Great Danes were unable to capitalize further, with the next two batters recording outs.
Stony Brook responded with three runs in the bottom of the seventh, and one final insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. In the top of the ninth, after Collins worked a one-out walk, Donati hit into a double play to end the game before UAlbany could mount a comeback.
UAlbany starter Dominic Savino lasted 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts and two walks. He threw 121 pitches. Stony Brook starter Greg Marino lasted 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with nine strikeouts.
The Great Danes turned their fortune around immediately in the second game, scoring three runs in the top of the first. Kondo opened the game taking first after being hit by a pitch, and stole second before Collins worked a full-count walk. Donati flied out, advancing Kondo to third, before Malm hit a three-run home run to left center to give the Danes an early lead.
Stony Brook responded right away, scoring twice in the bottom of the first. UAlbany scored again in the top of the third. Malm hit a two-out double to right-center, and scored in the next at-bat when Marc Wangenstein singled through the left side, putting UAlbany up 4-2.
The Seawolves cut the lead to one in the bottom of the sixth but would come no closer and UAlbany would take the second game by a final score of 4-3. John Clayton pitched 5.0 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with six strikeouts and one walk. Joe Kruzska earned his America East leading seventh save of the season, pitching the final 2.0 innings, allowing one run on one hit with three strikeouts. Malm finished the day hitting a combined 4-7 with two doubles, a home run, and three RBIs.
Stony Brook’s defense, ranked fourth in the nation entering Friday, combined for four errors in Friday’s two games.
Next: UAlbany faces off against Stony Brook in the series finale on Saturday, April 20 at 12:00 p.m.