UAlbany Baseball Completes Weekend Sweep Of Binghamton With Doubleheader Wins
Albany, N.Y. - Junior Austin Chase pitched a seven-inning complete-game, leading UAlbany to a 4-1 win in the first, while Nolan Gaige went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and one RBI to pace the Great Danes to a 9-8 win in the nightcap, as UAlbany recorded the second doubleheader sweep in as many days over Binghamton, completing a four-game sweep of the Bearcats on the weekend. UAlbany improves to 20-29-1 overall, with a 14-7 record in America East play.
In game one, both teams scored one run in the first inning, while UAlbany completed its scoring in the first three innings. Pete DiResta send home Gaige in the first inning, while Gordon Madej smacked a single into right field to send home Jeff Welsh in the second. Madej, who went 2-for-3 on the day, recorded two RBI in the third with a single through the left side, scoring Welsh and Mike Tirri.
Chase scattered five hits in his seven-inning outing, allowing just one unearned run, and striking out four in the win. Jay Lynch took the loss for Binghamton, going six innings with eight hits, three walks and five strikeouts. Dave Ciocchi had the only extra-base hit for the Bearcats, with a double in the sixth inning.
Binghamton looked to avoid the sweep in the second game, playing the Great Danes tight until the end. The Bearcats scored first with a single run in the first inning, before UAlbany took a 2-1 lead with two runs in the third. Craig Lepre scored on a fielder's choice, while Tirri send home Gaige with a sacrifice fly. Binghamton responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame to regain the advantage, but UAlbany scored a single run in the top of the fourth on a solo homer from Brian Bullard. The Bearcats came back to score once in the bottom of the fourth and again in the fifth, to take a 5-3 lead.
The Great Danes cut the deficit back to one run with a single run in the top of the sixth on a ground out RBI by Greg Muller. UAlbany then took a 6-5 lead with two runs in the seventh, getting an RBI single by Josh Nethaway, before DiResta made it home on a Binghamton fielding error. The Bearcats responded in the bottom of the inning to take an 8-6 lead, but the Great Danes wrapped up the scoring with three runs in the top of the eighth to set the 9-8 final score. Gaige knocked a single through the left side to score Vincent Martorelli before D.J. Hoagboon sent two runners home with a single into center.
Ryan White came in for the final two innings of work on the mound to pick up the save, allowing just one hit. Greg Lutton earned the win for the Great Danes with his relief work in the seventh. Mike Urbanski took the loss for Binghamton, allowing the final three runs.UAlbany will wrap up the conference season with a three-game series against Hartford next weekend at home. The teams will play a doubleheader on Friday before the season finale on Saturday.