West Hartford, Conn. - Zach Kraham pitched a complete game to lead UAlbany to a 2-1 win in game one, while Sean Lucas and Austin Chase combined for nine strikeouts in the nightcap as the Great Danes posted a 3-2 victory, leading UAlbany to a doubleheader sweep of Hartford in America East Conference baseball action at Fiondella Field on Saturday afternoon. The Great Danes improve to 8-19-1 overall, with a 2-0 record in league play.
In game one, Hartford struck first, scoring a single run in the bottom of the first. It would be the only run that Kraham would allow in his complete-game performance on the mound for the Great Danes, as he scattered nine hits and fanned three opposing batters. UAlbany was led offensively by Josh Nethaway, who went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and a homer, and scored both Great Dane runs. The left fielder hit a double in the second inning and came home on a base hit by Greg Muller, before knocking a long ball in the fourth to seal up the win for UAlbany.
Hartford also had strong pitching in game one, getting four innings from Alex Gouin, who allowed three hits and struck out two and three frames of work from Austin Barnes. The Hawks got multiple hits from James Alfonso, who also scored Hartford's lone run, along with Brian Hunter and Brian Estevez.
Hartford scored first in the nightcap, plating two runs in the second inning. However, UAlbany responded in the third, and got a single run in the sixth to set the final score. After allowing the pair of runs early on, Lucas pitched four scoreless frames, fanning six opposing batters. Chase entered in the seventh and finished out the game for the Great Danes, striking out three while allowing just two hits.
Designated hitter Mike Tirri scored the single run in the sixth with a solo homer. UAlbany also got two hits and an RBI from Nolan Gaige, while Pete DiResta knocked out a double in the game. Hartford's Andy Drexel finished with two hits to lead the Hawks offensively. Hunter Englehart went seven innings on the mound for Hartford (7-21, AE 0-2), issuing one strikeout, while Freddy Andujar tossed the final two innings with two strikeouts.
UAlbany and Hartford will conclude the three-game series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch.