Baseball Defeats Manhattan 3-2
Score: UAlbany 3, Manhattan 2
Location: Varsity Field in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (11-15, 2-7 AE); Manhattan (16-16, 5-1 MAAC)
Short Story: UAlbany baseball snapped a three-game losing streak with a hard-fought, 3-2 victory over Manhattan Wednesday at Varsity Field.
Coach Mueller: “Nothing has been easy for us. I’m really proud of the way the guys hung in there. I know both teams were a little shorthanded with playing multiple games this week. It was a really well pitched game to be honest. I thought Manhattan did a great job keeping us off-balance with the guys they brought in. I’m really happy with the way our guys threw the ball today. One earned run in nine innings is a testament to that. Offensively we have to keep working, but I think one of these weekends we’re going to erupt and we hope that it’s this weekend when Stony Brook rolls in.”
- Patrick Lagravinese started the game, pitching 2.0 shutout innings
- The UAlbany bullpen, Connor Takacs, Brendan Smith, Connor Morrisroe, and Dan Yankowski combined for the final 7.0 innings of the game, allowing two runs on five hits
- Lagravinese hit 2-3 with two runs scored
- Marshall Winn hit 2-4
- Kenny Hayden drove in two runs
How it happened
- With one out in the bottom of the third, Marshall Winn hit a triple to left center. Travis Collins and Brad Malm worked consecutive walks to load the bases with two outs. Manhattan escaped the inning unscathed when Connor Powers grounded out to second.
- After loading the bases with two outs in the top of the fifth, Brendan Smith escaped the inning without allowing a run.
- UAlbany loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Kenny Hayden hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Pat Lagravinese* from third base.
- With runners on second and third and two outs in the top of the seventh, Dan Yankowski came in to record the third out without allowing a run to score
- Manhattan took the lead after scoring two runs in the top of the eighth
- UAlbany responded immediately, retaking the lead with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Patrick Lagravinese led off with a single through the right side. Ryan Hernandez next laid down a sacrifice bunt, but reached base safely and advanced to second while Lagravinese advanced to third when Manhattan’s pitcher overthrew his toss to first base. Nick Kondo hit a sacrifice fly to right field, allowing Lagravinese to score to tie the game at two. With two outs in the inning, Hayden reached safely on an error by Manhattan’s shortstop, which allowed Hernandez to score from third, bringing the final score to 3-2 in favor of the Great Danes.
Next: UAlbany will host a three-game series against Stony Brook this weekend. Due to inclement weather, the series has been moved to Friday/Saturday from Saturday/Sunday.