Albany, N.Y. - Josh Nethaway and Joey Tracy recorded two hits apiece, while Nethaway and Greg Muller scored two runs each, leading UAlbany to a 10-3 win over Marist in non-conference baseball action in the Great Danes' home opener at Varsity Field.
UAlbany kicked off the scoring with five runs on five hits in the second inning. Brian Bullard sent Nethaway home for the first run, while Craig Lepre drove in Muller on a sacrifice fly. Nolan Gaige drove in Bullard with a double, before Tracy singled to right with the bases loaded, sending two runs home to give UAlbany a 5-0 lead. The Great Danes added two runs to their total in the third, as Nethaway scored his second run of the day after hitting a double and coming home on a fielder's choice. Muller came home on a Marist error on the same play.
UAlbany tacked two more runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth, while pitcher Austin Chase continued to hold Marist scoreless. Tracy doubled to get on base and then scored an unearned run due to another Marist error. A bases-loaded walk issued to Bullard brought home DiResta to put UAlbany up, 9-0.
The Red Foxes ended their scoring drought in the fifth with two runs on two hits, getting an RBI single from Chris Napolitano and a second run in on a fielder's choice by Nick McQuail. Marist added its third run in the sixth, as Pat Welsh doubled down the left field line, driving in Mark Swertfager. UAlbany was not done on the scoreboard, however, closing out scoring in the seventh, as D.J. Hoagboon came home on a no-out double play.
Chase earned the win on the mound for UAlbany, going seven innings and striking out three. Stephen Carey and Pat O'Connell each threw one inning of relief for the Great Danes. Starter Dan Zlotnick took the loss for Marist (4-10), as he allowed nine earned runs, despite issuing four strikeouts. Chris Thorsen went four full innings, fanning two, but allowing four walks.
UAlbany (5-12) will return to action over the weekend, visiting Coastal Carolina for a three-game series.