Baseball Splits First Two At UMBC
BALTIMORE – On the road to America East play this weekend, the University at Albany baseball team (8-7, 1-1 AE) earned a split of the series-opening doubleheader at UMBC (3-11, 1-1 AE). The Great Danes fell in a close matchup in the first game 7-6, but rebounded to win big in the second game, 9-1.
The Great Danes took the lead early in the first game of the day, scoring two runs in the top of the second inning. After adding a third run in the top of the third, UMBC got on the board with one run in the bottom of the inning. A scoreless fourth and fifth inning led to UAlbany scoring two more runs in the top of the sixth.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, UMBC’s offense came alive to the tune of four runs scored, tying the game at five. The Retrievers took a 6-5 lead with one run in the bottom of the seventh, and UAlbany tied the game at six in the top of the eighth. In the bottom of the ninth, UMBC earned a walk-off win, a single to right-center that scored UMBC’s runner on second base. The final score was 7-6.
Marc Wangenstein and Connor Powers led UAlbany in the first game with two hits each. Matt Hinchy hit three RBIs, and Wangenstein scored three runs. Additionally, Wangenstein and Hinchy each hit a home run.
UAlbany scored six runs on 10 hits with one error, compared to UMBC’s seven runs on 12 hits with no errors.
UAlbany’s starter, Jack McClure, lasted 5.0 innings, giving up two runs on five hits with a walk. In relief, J.T. Genovese gave up three runs on two hits, before being relieved himself by Dominic Savino, who pitched 3.1 innings, giving up two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
The second game played out more favorably for the Great Danes. After neither team managed to score a single run through the first three innings, UAlbany put up three runs in the top of the third. UMBC responded with one run in the bottom of the inning, which would prove to be the Retrievers’ only run of the game.
UAlbany scored two runs in each of the next three innings to bring the final score to 9-1. UAlbany scored its nine runs on 10 hits with one error, while UMBC scored one run on seven hits with two errors.
The Great Danes’ starter in the second game was Brendan Smith, who pitched a complete game (7.0 innings) giving up one run on seven hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
“I thought that we had two good starts today,” said head coach Jon Mueller. “Brendan really picked us up in that second game, and Jack gave us a good start in the first game. Give UMBC credit, they fought back. It’s tough to win games on the road in college baseball. We weren’t able to put runs together in that first game when they responded, and I’m really proud we bounced back the way we did. I thought the guys showed some real character in that second game. We came down here to win this series and tomorrow we have that opportunity, so we’re looking forward to that.”
UAlbany will close out the three-game series with the Retrievers on Sunday at noon.