Baseball Splits With UMBC
Game One Score: UMBC 7, UAlbany 1
Game Two Score: UAlbany 4, UMBC 3
Location: Varsity Field in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (13-16, 5-6 AE); UMBC (16-15, 3-8 AE)
Short Story: Strong outings on the mound from Savino and Weber result in a doubleheader split with UMBC.
Coach Mueller: “There was a critical time in the first game where we could have taken advantage and gotten some runs on the board for Dom, but we weren’t able to do that today. Anytime UMBC brings Schoch in the game with a lead he’s really tough to hit. We really struggled offensively in the first game. In the second game, I thought Ray was the highlight. He was really good, and had some explosion on his fastball and he was mixing three pitches for pretty much the whole afternoon. We did enough offensively to get through that second game and set up tomorrow’s important rubber match.”
- Dominic Savino lasted 7.1 innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks
- Travis Collins hit 1-4 with one RBI
- Dolan Ocasal hit 1-3 with a run scored
- UMBC starter Cooper Adams lasted 5.2 innings, allowing one run on three hits with one strikeout and one walk
- Ray Weber lasted 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with two strikeouts and no walks
- Kevin Donati hit 1-3 with a double and a run scored
- Patrick Lagravinese hit 1-3 with a double and an RBI
- Josh Gurnack hit 1-3 with one RBI
- Joe Kruszka recorded his sixth save of the season
The first three innings passed without either team mustering a run, before UMBC broke the scoreless tie with a solo home run in the top of the fourth. UAlbany did not tie the game until the bottom of the sixth. Dolan Ocasal led off with a single to left center, and advanced to second when Nick Kondo laid down a sacrifice bunt. A throwing error by UMBC’s pitcher on a pickoff attempt against Ocasal at second allowed Ocasal to advance to third. Travis Collins next hit a single to right, scoring Ocasal from third to tie the game.
A scoreless seventh led to UMBC breaking open the game in the top of the eighth with six runs to take a 7-1 lead. UAlbany put one runner on base in the bottom of the eight, Kondo, who was hit by a pitch. The next two Danes, Ocasal and Josh Loeffler, each struck out to end the inning.
The Great Dane defense held UMBC scoreless in the top of the ninth, setting up a comeback opportunity in the bottom of the inning. UMBC brought in their third pitcher of the game to finished things out, resulting in a leadoff strikeout against Patrick Lagravinese. Next up, Matt Codispoti worked a walk, and was replaced on first by pinch-runner Marshall Winn. Marc Wangenstein came to bat and singled to left, advancing Winn to second and into scoring position. The scoring threat ended there, however, after Will Feil and Brad Malm each recorded outs to end the game.
UAlbany starter Dominic Savino lasted 7.1 innings, allowing four runs, just two of which were earned. He also struck out six and did not give up a walk. In relief, Kenny McClean pitched the final 1.2 innings, striking out one while allowing three runs on two hits.
The Great Danes broke open the second game right away, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Kondo was hit on the first pitch of the game, taking first right away. Kevin Donati hit a double down the left field line, advancing Kondo to third. The next batter, Collins, hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring condo to put UAlbany on the board with one out.
Wangenstein net hit a single to left, allowing Donati to take third. Donati scored during the next at-bat when the UMBC starter was called for a balk. Finally, Lagravinese doubled to right, scoring Wangenstein from second to give the Danes a 3-0 lead after one.
Two-and-a-half scoreless innings went by before UAlbany notched one more run in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Loeffler was hit by a pitch, and was replaced at first by pinch-runner Kenny Hayden, who advanced to second in the next at-bat on a passed ball. Hayden advanced to third when Ocasal singled to right, and scored when Josh Gurnack singled down the left field line, putting UAlbany up 4-1.
Two more innings went by without a run before UMBC mounted a ferocious comeback attempt in the top of the seventh. A leadoff single and a stolen base led to a two-out RBI double to get UMBC on the board for the first time. UAlbany replaced starter Ray Weber with closer Joe Kruszka to get the final two outs of the game. After recording the first out, Kruszka allowed a walk with the replacement pitch runner stealing second. With runners on second and third and two outs, UMBC scored two runs on a passed ball to cut the lead to one. The Retrievers next hit a bases-empty double to right center, before Kruszka struck out the final batter to end the game.
Weber lasted 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with two strikeouts and no walks. Neither Savino nor Weber walked a batter in their appearances. Donati finished hitting 1-3 with a double and a run scored, while Lagravinese hit 1-3 with a double and one RBI.
Next: UAlbany wraps the series with UMBC with one game Sunday at 11:30 a.m.