Baseball Falls In Doubleheader vs. UMBC
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany baseball team (14-22, 3-11 AE) kicked off an eight-game home stand on Saturday with a doubleheader in a rematch series against UMBC (16-17, 9-5 AE). Last time out the Great Danes lost two of three games to the Retrievers. Saturday, UAlbany dropped the first game 15-8, and dropped the second 5-2.
UAlbany struck first in the first game in the bottom of the first inning with a leadoff home run from Patrick Lagravinese. UMBC didn't score until the top of the third inning, during which six Retriever runs crossed the plate. UMBC added one run in the top of the fourth and two runs in the top of the fifth to take a 9-1 lead.
UMBC scored once more, in the top of the seventh, before UAlbany scored again. In the bottom of the seventh, UAlbany's offense came alive to the tune of four runs, cutting the UMBC lead to 10-5. Kyle Sacks led off the inning with a high pop single to center that fell between two UMBC fielders. The next two batters, Matt Hinchy and Nick Kondo ripped singles up the middle and into left field, respectively, to load the bases. Lagravinese next hit a double down the right field line, scoring Sacks and Hinchy, and advancing Kondo to third. In the next at-bat, Connor Powers hit a bases-clearing single to center, scoring Lagravinese and Kondo.
UMBC responded immediately with five runs in the top of the eighth, to extend the lead to 15-5. In the bottom of the eighth, Sacks reached base safely on an error by the UMBC shortstop, and Hinchy drew a walk in the next at-bat to put runners on first and second. Kondo grounded out to first base, allowing Sacks and Hinchy to advance. Lagravanese next grounded out to second, allowing Sacks to score and Hinchy to advance to third.
The Great Danes scored two final runs in the bottom of the ninth. Powers led off the inning with a single to right center. After Kevin Donati flied out to center, and Travis Collins struck out looking, Marc Wangenstein hit a single through the left side. Eric Mueller came in to pinch run for Powers, who had advanced to second. Sacks came up to the plate and was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Hinchy drove in UAlbany's final two runs of the game with a single up the middle, bringing the final score of the first game to 15-8 in favor of UMBC.
Powers and Hinchy led UAlbany with three hits each in the first game. Lagravinese drive in four runs to lead the Great Danes. UAlbany starter, Jack McClure, lasted 2.2 innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on five hits with two strikeouts and five walks. Dominic Savino pitched 2.1 innings in relief, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits with two walks. Charlie Peltz relieved Savino, lasting 1.1 innings and allowing one run on one hit with one strikeout. David Hutchison next lasted 1.0 inning, giving up three runs (one earned) on three hits with one strikeout and one walk. Derek Balbierz and Terry Dugdale combined for the final 1.2 innings of the game, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits with three strikeouts and one walk between them.
UAlbany scored eight runs on 13 hits and committed three errors in the field. UMBC scored 15 runs on 15 hits, committing one error.
In the second game, UMBC erupted for four runs, including a bizarre play where two runners scored on a double play, in the fifth inning to hold off the Great Danes 5-2.
The Retrievers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when leadoff hitter Andrew Casoli tripled to left and scored on Christian Torres' single to center.
UAlbany knotted the score at 1-1 in the bottom of that inning on freshman left fielder Wangenstein's sixth home run of the season, a deep shot to straight-away centerfield.
UMBC broke the game open in that big fifth inning. A.J. Wright and Jamie Switalski each walked off UAlbany sophomore starting pitcher Brendan Smith, and Hunter Dolshun singled to right to load the bases. Torres hit a sacrifice to right, scoring Wright, before designated hitter Zack Bright singled to right to plate Switalski.
After Raven Beeman walked to reload the bases, Mitchell Carroll ripped a hard grounder back to the mound. Smith fired to first to retire Carroll, and then UAlbany first baseman Hinchy threw out Beeman at third just after both Solshun and pinch runner Collin Stack, running aggressively on the play, scored ahead of the throw.
The Great Danes tacked on their second run in the bottom of the fifth, when Hinchy singled to left, advanced to second when Sacks reached on a walk, and scored on Kondo's single to right.
Junior right-hander Matt Chanin (3-4) picked up the win for the Retrievers. Smith (2-4) was the losing pitcher for the Great Danes.
The series finale will take place Sunday at 12:00 p.m.