Baseball Puts On Offensive Clinic At Manhattan, Wins 16-5
WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. – The University at Albany baseball team (11-14, 3-6 AE) snapped a two-game losing streak at the end of a 2-7 stretch Wednesday in the second day of a back-to-back with St. John’s and Manhattan. UAlbany defeated Manhattan (8-20, 4-5 MAAC) by a score of 16-5. The Danes’ 16 runs are more than they had scored in the previous six games combined, and the highest single-game offensive output of the season.
UAlbany struck first with four runs in the top of the first inning. Evan Harasta hit a two-RBI double to center, scoring Connor Powers and Patrick Lagravinese. Harasta crossed the plate himself when the next batter, Kevin Donati, hit an RBI triple. Donati scored when the next batter, Travis Collins, grounded out to second.
The Danes added three more runs in the top of the second to take a 7-0 lead. Harasta hit another RBI double, scoring Powers from second base. Later in the inning, Collins hit a two-run home run to right, scoring Harasta.
The Jaspers cut the lead to 7-1 when they got on the board in the bottom of the inning. A scoreless third led to three more runs for UAlbany in the top of the fourth. Donati hit his second triple of the day, scoring Powers and Harasta. Donati scored again on a wild pitch in the following at-bat.
The Great Danes scored three more runs in the top of the fifth to take a 13-1 lead. Lagravinese hit a triple down the right field line, scoring Marc Wangenstein, who led off the inning with a single, and Alex Thul, who drew a walk in the inning’s second at-bat. Later, Collins hit a single to center that scored Lagravinese, after Harasta and Donati each reached base again.
Manhattan scored twice in the bottom of the inning, bringing the game to 13-3. The sixth and seventh innings went by without a score, before UAlbany added two more runs in the top of the eighth. Powers hit a double to right field scoring Stephen Loreng and Kyle Sacks. The Great Danes added one final run in the top of the ninth when Loreng hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Donati. Manhattan scored twice in the bottom of the inning to bring the final score to 16-5.
Powers, Collins, and Sacks each recorded three hits for UAlbany against Manhattan. Collins led the team with four RBIs, and Harasta and Donati had three RBIs apiece. Powers, Harasta, and Donati each crossed the plate three times.
UAlbany starter J.T. Genovese (1-1) lasted 6.0 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on two hits with four strikeouts and four walks. Derek Balbierz pitched 2.0 innings in relief, allowing one hit. Terry Dugdale pitched the final inning, allowing two runs on three hits with one strikeout.
The Great Danes scored 16 runs on 16 hits with two errors in the field. Manhattan scored five runs on six hits while also committing two errors.
“I think today was an important game for these guys,” said head coach Jon Mueller. “J.T. was very good today, and it was good to see Derek get out there and get a couple innings of work, and have Terry come in and finish it up. Today was a very good day offensively for this group. We got a little bit sloppy in the middle of the game defensively, but a very good effort on a short week with a lot of travel.”
UAlbany will start a three-game series at home against Binghamton on Friday, and will play a doubleheader against the Bearcats on Saturday, in the Great Danes’ long-awaited 2017 home opener.