Albany, N.Y. - D.J. Hoagboon went 3-for-4 with three runs scored in game one, while Jeff Welsh went 3-for-4 with five RBI, and was just a single short of the cycle in game two, leading UAlbany to a doubleheader sweep of Maine in America East Conference baseball action on Saturday afternoon at Varsity Field. UAlbany posted a 9-5 victory in the early game and a 12-2 win in the nightcap to complete the sweep.
In the first game of the day, UAlbany took a 2-1 lead after one inning, before Maine scored three runs in the top of the third to take a one-run advantage. After the Black Bears plated one run in the fifth, the Great Danes scored two in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit to 5-4, and then exploded for five runs in the bottom of the sixth to seal up the victory.
Zach Kraham went five innings on the mound in a start, striking out two, while scattering eight hits. Ryan White tossed the final two innings in relief, allowing just one hit. Senior Pete DiResta finished with two hits, scoring two runs and driving in four more, while Mike Tirri recorded two hits and two RBI. Gordon Madej also went 2-for-3 with one run scored and one RBi.
It was all UAlbany in the nightcap, as the Great Danes smacked 12 hits, and held Maine scoreless for five innings. UAlbany plated four runs to start the game and two in the bottom of the fifth to hold a 6-0 lead before the Black Bears got on the board. Maine scored single runs in the sixth and seventh, but UAlbany plated two runs in the seventh and four in the eighth to complete the scoring.
Sean Lucas went seven innings on the mound for UAlbany, scattering six hits and striking out four. Greg Lutton came in for the final two innings, allowing just one hit. Tirri continued his hot bat, going 2-for-4 with two hits and two RBI, while DiResta also recorded two hits, two runs and two RBI.
UAlbany (16-27-1, AE 10-6) and Maine (22-21, AE 8-6) will complete the three-game series on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.