Baseball Wins Doubleheader vs. LIU Brooklyn
Game One Score: UAlbany 10, LIU Brooklyn 1
Game Two Score: UAlbany 4, LIU Brooklyn 2
Location: Varsity Field in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (21-21, 9-9 AE); LIU Brooklyn (18-26, 8-10 NEC)
Short Story: UAlbany baseball allows just three runs in two games to take both in a doubleheader against LIU Brooklyn behind an explosive performance at the plate from Marc Wangenstein.
Coach Mueller: “Today was a solid performance throughout. We played defense, attacked on the mound, and were consistent with our offensive approach. Wangenstein provided momentum with the two home runs today.”
- Nick Kondo hit 4-5 with three doubles, two RBIs and one run scored
- Marc Wangenstein hit 3-5 with a triple, a home run, three RBIs, and two runs scored
- Kevin Donati hit 1-4 with a triple, two RBIs and one run scored
- Dominic Savino lasted 7.0 innings, allowing one run on four hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk
- Travis Collins hit 3-3 with a home run and two RBIs
- Marc Wangenstein hit 3-3 with a double, a home run, and two RBIs
- John Clayton won his fifth game of the season
- Joe Kruszka earned his eighth save of the season
The University at Albany baseball team welcomed LIU Brooklyn to Varsity Field this weekend for a non-conference series while the Great Danes enjoyed their America East bye. UAlbany powered past the Blackbirds in both games on Saturday, setting up a potential series sweep with a victory in the finale on Sunday.
UAlbany broke through first in the first game in the bottom of the third inning. With one out and no one on, Dolan Ocasal and Nick Kondo hit back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners. Kondo advanced to second on a passed ball before Travis Collins struck out. Kevin Donati and Marc Wangenstein next hit back-to-back triples, driving in three runs to put UAlbany up 3-0.
The Great Danes added two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Josh Loeffler drew a leadoff walk and stole second before advancing to third on a passed ball. Matt Codispoti grounded out to short, allowing Loeffler to score to put UAlbany up 4-1. Two batters later, Kondo doubled to left, and scored when Collins hit an RBI single to center.
LIU Brooklyn got on the board with one run in the top of the sixth, an RBI double to center. UAlbany went back up by five with one run in the bottom of the seventh. With a runner on third and two outs, Lagravinese hit an RBI single to left to put UAlbany up 6-1.
The Great Danes lit up the scoreboard for four runs in the bottom of the eighth. Codispoti hit a leadoff double before Ocasal drew a four-pitch walk. Kondo hit a bases clearing double to left center. Two batters later, Wangenstein hit a two-run home run to put UAlbany up 10-1, which would prove to be the final score.
UAlbany starter Dominic Savino earned his second win of the season, lasting 7.0 innings and allowing one run on four hits with eight strikeouts. In relief, Dan Yankowski pitched 2.0 innings, allowing one hit and striking out two. As a team, UAlbany hit 7-16 with two outs in the first game.
LIU Brooklyn scored first in the second game, putting up one run in the top of the second. UAlbany responded right away in the bottom of the inning when Wangenstein hit a leadoff home run.
The Great Danes scored three times in the bottom of the third. After the first two batters in the inning recorded outs, Kondo hit a single to center, right before Collins hit a two-run home run to put UAlbany up 3-1. Next, Donati hit a double to left center, and scored when Wangenstein singled to left.
LIU Brooklyn scored once in the top of the seventh, the but Blackbirds’ rally effort fell short and UAlbany won 4-2. Starter John Clayton lasted 5.0 innings, earning his fifth win of the season and allowing one run on two hits with three strikeouts. Joe Kruszka pitched the final 2.0 innings, striking out five while allowing one run on two hits.
Wangenstein finished the day batting 6-8 with a double, a triple, two home runs, and five RBIs. Kruszka earned his America East-leading eighth save onf the season.
Next: The Great Danes conclude the series against LIU Brooklyn and host their annual vs. Cancer game on Sunday, May 5 at 12:00 p.m.