UAlbany Baseball Wins First Game Of The Season With 7-6 Extra-Inning Win Over Fordham
Bronx, N.Y. - Freshman Gordon Madej went 4-for-5 with two RBI, including the game-winning run, while Nolan Gaige hit his first home run of the season to lead UAlbany to a 7-6 extra-inning win over Fordham. It was the Great Danes' first win of the young season, as they improve to 1-6, while the Rams drop to 4-8.
UAlbany got on the scoreboard first, as Gaige hit a long ball to right center in the top of the first inning. Fordham responded, however, as Brian Kwonacki tripled and came home on an RBI single by Ryan Lee in the bottom of the frame. UAlbany kept swinging the bats in the second, with Mike Tirri leading off with a double. After a Fordham error loaded the bases, and an out at home, the Great Danes got two runs across home plate - Brian Bullard was walked in before D.J. Hoagboon scored on a sacrifice fly by Madej.
Fordham got one run back in the bottom of the third, when Matthew Cianci recorded a stolen base before getting home on an RBI single by Lee. The Rams took a one-run lead in the bottom of the fifth, getting a sac fly by Cianci and an RBI single by Kownacki, both with two outs, putting Fordham on top, 4-3. However, the Great Danes jumped back out on top in the top of the seventh, plating three runs in the inning. Madej singled through the left side and advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt by Fordham. The shortstop came home in the next at-bat, as Joey Tracy ripped a triple to right center. Gaige drew a walk to put runners at the corners, and made it to third on a Fordham error, which also allowed Tracy to score. Gaige give the Great Danes a 6-4 lead as he made it home on a wild pitch.
However, Fordham was not giving in, and tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, getting two more runs from Cianci and Kownacki. The teams battled for two more scoreless innings, ending regulation with a 6-6 tie. In the top of the 10th, Josh Nethaway singled to right, and advanced to second on a bunt single by Vincent Martorelli before coming home on Fordham's fourth error of the day. Nethaway scored the go-ahead run on a single by Madej, the Great Danes' 13th hit of the game. Reliever Greg Lutton got three quick outs in the bottom of the inning to earn the win on the mound and seal up the UAlbany victory.
Lutton earned the win after three and two thirds innings of work. He scattered four hits, without allowing a run, and struck out two opposing batters. Starter Austin Chase went six and a third innings in the no-decision, striking out one. Rich Anastasi took the loss for Fordham, striking out four in two innings.
UAlbany will return to action over the weekend with a three-game series at NYIT, starting Friday at noon.