UAlbany Drops Both Ends Of Non-Conference Baseball Doubleheader At Coastal Carolina
Conway, S.C. - Senior designated hitter Mike Tirri finished with four hits on the day, while pitcher Zach Kraham threw his first complete game of the season, but UAlbany lost both ends of a doubleheader with Coastal Carolina in non-conference baseball action on Friday at Watson Stadium. Coastal claimed a 3-2 victory in the first game, before posting a 7-4 win in the nightcap.
Kraham went the distance in the first game, scattering eight hits in 35 batters faced, while striking out two. The Great Danes took an early lead with single runs scored in each of the first two innings to give their hurler support, before Coastal Carolina cut the lead in half with a run in the bottom of the third. UAlbany was unable to get any other runs scored in the game, despite putting seven hits on the board, including a triple from Nolan Gaige. The Chanticleers tied the game in the fifth before taking a 3-2 advantage in the bottom of the eighth. Coastal Carolina reliever Aaron Burke earned the save on the mound for the Chanticleers with a shut-out ninth.
Tirri was the only Great Dane with multiple hits in the first game, while Joey Tracy and Gordon Madej each finished with one hit and one run scored.
In the second game, UAlbany got on the board first again, scoring one run in the first inning. Coastal Carolina responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame, however, to take a lead. The Great Danes cut the advantage back to one run in the third, but the Chanticleers put two runs on the board in the fourth to hold onto a 5-2 lead. UAlbany rallied in the following frame, scoring two more, but that would be as close as the Great Danes would get, as Coastal tacked on two more in the eighth to set the final score.
UAlbany got multiple hits from Tirri once again, including a double, while Gaige knocked his second triple of the day for one of his two hits in the game. Freshman catcher Craig Lepre also recorded two hits in the contest. On the mound, starter Sean Lucas went six innings, scattering six hits and striking out three opposing batters. Greg Lutton and Kevin Archbold each threw one inning in relief, with Lutton also issuing one strikeout.
Due to impending weather in the Conway area, Saturday's game has been cancelled. The Great Danes will wrap up their three-game series with the Chanticleers on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.