Baltimore, Md. - UAlbany scored 24 runs over two games to complete a doubleheader sweep of UMBC in America East Conference baseball action on Saturday afternoon. The Great Danes posted a 13-3 win in the early game before defeating the Retrievers 11-4 in the nightcap, which was delayed for an hour and 46 minutes after the first inning due to rain.
UAlbany racked up 16 hits in the early game, getting three from Mike Tirri, including two home runs. Left fielder D.J. Hoagboon also recorded three hits for the Great Danes, scoring three runs and driving in two more, and also stole a base. Greg Muller knocked out a double for the third straight game, while Nolan Gaige recorded a triple. All but two position players recorded multiple hits for the Great Danes in the game.
Starter Zach Kraham went the full seven innings on the mound, scattering six hits and allowing just one earned run, while striking out four in the win.
In the nightcap, the Great Danes scored two runs in the top of the first, before the game was suspended because of rain. After resuming, the teams played four scoreless innings before UAlbany exploded for nine runs in the top of the sixth. UAlbany held UMBC off the scoreboard until the bottom of the ninth, when the Retrievers plated four runs.
Muller led the Great Dane offense in game two, going 4-for-5 with a double, scoring two runs and sending three more home. Gaige recorded two hits, both doubles, coming home twice, while Tirri also cleared the bases with a double. Shortstop Gordon Madej also went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.
Austin Chase earned the win, going eight innings with only four hits and no runs. He struck out a season-high eight and did not issue a walk in the performance. Matt Dybus threw the final inning for the Great Danes, fanning two, and allowing all four runs.UAlbany (12-25-1, AE 6-5) will return to action on Wednesday, hosting Manhattan at 3 p.m.