Great Danes Sweep Maine In America East Baseball Doubleheader Action
Orono, Maine - Zach Kraham pitched a seven-inning complete game, allowing just three hits in the first game, while Craig Lepre sent an RBI triple down the right field line to send the winning run home in the nightcap, as UAlbany swept Maine in an America East Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday at Mahaney Diamond. The Great Danes posted a 4-2 victory in game one, and recorded a 1-0 win in 10 innings in game two for the sweep.
UAlbany got on the board first in the early game, plating three runs in the top of the fifth. Joey Tracy led off with a walk, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jeff Welsh. Tracy moved over to third on a ground out, and the Great Danes got runners on the corners after a walk issued to Gordon Madej. Nolan Gaige recorded one of his three hits with an RBI single to score Tracy, before coming home himself on a two-run triple by D.J. Hoagboon to give the Great Danes a 3-0 lead. Maine responded in the bottom of the inning, getting two runs. Mike Fransoso recorded an RBI double, while Troy Black came home on a fielder's choice. Kraham got Scott Heath to strike out swinging to end the inning and preserve the Great Danes' one-run lead.
UAlbany added an insurance run in the top of the seventh, as Lepre came home on a sacrifice fly by Pete DiResta. Kraham went back to work in the bottom of the inning, getting three groundouts to end the game with a UAlbany victory. Kraham struck out four opposing batters in the game. Stephen Perakslis went six innings on the mound for Maine, fanning five while scattering five hits and allowing all four runs.
The second game was a pitcher's duel between UAlbany's Sean Lucas and Maine's Shaun Coughlin. Both starters went eight innings for their respective teams without allowing a run. Lucas scattered eight hits and struck out six without issuing a walk. Coughlin allowed just three hits to the Great Danes, while striking out one and issuing one walk.
Neither team could get on the scoreboard in regulation innings, sending the game to the tenth. UAlbany broke the 0-0 tie in the top of the frame, as Brian Bullard singled to right center with two outs on the board. Lepre got ahold of a pitch in the next at bat, sending a triple sailing down the right field line, and sending Bullard across home plate. The Black Bears got a baserunner in the bottom of the inning, but the Great Danes turned a double play to end the frame and come away with the 1-0 victory.UAlbany (14-26-1, AE 8-5) and Maine (21-19, AE 7-4) will return to action on Sunday for the conclusion of the three-game series.