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Baseball Falls to UMBC, Moves To Elimination Bracket

UAlbany Sports Information   05-27-2017

LOWELL, Mass. – Following schedule adjustments due to inclement weather, the University at Albany baseball team (26-25) took the field against two-seed UMBC (22-23) after an impromptu off day during the America East tournament.  The Great Danes fell behind early to the Retrievers, ultimately falling by a final score of 9-0.  The Great Danes now move into the elimination bracket, and UMBC has clinched a spot in Sunday's championship game.

UMBC scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning, and then five more in the bottom of the third to take a 9-0 lead.  UAlbany had threatened in the top of the first and top of the third with runners in scoring position but came away with no runs in each instance.

Patrick Lagravinese and Evan Harasta each had two hits to lead the team.  UAlbany starter J.T. Genovese lasted 1.0 inning, allowing four runs on four hits.  Hunter Torres pitched the next 1.1 innings, allowing five runs on five hits.  Brendan Smith stopped the bleeding, pitching the next 3.2 shutout innings, allowing five hits.  Charlie Peltz and Joe Romero combined for the last 2.0 innings, allowing no hits between them.

“It was a disappointing start for us,” said head coach Jon Mueller.  “I thought that the key today would be getting out of those first few innings, and unfortunately we weren't able to do that.  The biggest thing for us now is to flush this one out, just like you flush out a good win, come back tonight and give a great effort to get to that game tomorrow.”

UAlbany will play an elimination game tonight at 6:00 p.m. against the winner of the next game between top-seed Binghamton and five-seed Maine.

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