Baseball Hosts Hartford in Final Regular-Season Series
ALBANY, N.Y. – Riding a six-game winning streak, the University at Albany baseball team will wrap up the 2019 regular season with a home series against defending America East champion Hartford on Friday and Saturday.
Before Saturday’s series finale, UAlbany will hold a brief ceremony honoring the seniors on the 2019 roster: Nick Bird, Matt Codispoti, Travis Collins, Kevin Donati, Kenny Hayden, Patrick Lagravinese, Dominic Savino, Brendan Smith, Peter Torres, and Dan Yankowski.
The Great Danes (25-21, 11-9 AE) continued its hot streak on Tuesday, defeating Sacred Heart on the road in the team’s final non-conference game of the regular season. UAlbany used eight pitchers in the final mid-week opportunity, and freshman Daniel St. Clair earned his first collegiate victory. At the plate, despite the Danes collectively stranding 15 baserunners during the game, Nick Kondo drove in two runs and drew two walks, while Marc Wangenstein, Lagravinese, and Brad Malm each recorded two hits.
Hartford last played LIU Brooklyn, defeating the Blackbirds 16-5. Last weekend, the Hawks took two of three games from Maine, losing the opener 11-10 and winning the final two 5-4 in extras and 3-1. Since getting swept at Binghamton, Hartford has gone 4-2 against conference opponents.
Earlier this season, the Great Danes and the Hawks opened their America East schedules against one another in West Hartford, Conn. The Great Danes won the first game, 8-6, before falling narrowly in the next two, 6-5 and 7-6. In the series, Wangenstein hit .545 with a double, a triple, and three RBIs, and Kevin Donati his .455 with a double, a triple, and six RBIs.
Last season, Hartford earned the America East regular season title, winning 13 of their final 18 conference matchups, before sweeping through the America East Tournament in three games to claim their first-ever America East title. The Hawks went on to the NCAA Regional in DeLand, Fla, falling to #1 Stetson and #2 South Florida in elimination.
During the team’s six-game winning streak, UAlbany has outscored its opponents 29-8. Savino and John Clayton have each earned two wins and recorded ERAs of 0.56 and 0.84, respectively. Wangenstein has batted .391 with a double, a triple, three home runs, and 10 RBIs while slugging .913. Kondo his batting .409 with four doubles and five RBIs, with an on base percentage of .462 and a slugging percentage of .591.
Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, the six-team tournament field has been set, with UMBC getting swept by UMass Lowell. Stony Brook is first at 14-7 in-conference, followed by Binghamton at 10-8. UAlbany narrowly trails Binghamton by mere percentage points in third, just outside a position for a first-round bye. Hartford is fourth, one game in the loss column behind UAlbany. Maine (10-10) and UMass Lowell (10-11) round out the top six.
Following the series, the Great Danes will compete in the America East Tournament for the fourth-straight season, seeking their first title since 2007.
THE OUTLOOK: HARTFORD (20-29, 11-10 AE) | Friday-Saturday May 17-18 | Albany, N.Y.
May 17, 12:00 p.m. | Savino, RHP (3-4, 2.88 ERA) vs. Dombkowski, LHP (2-5, 5.32 ERA)
May 17, 3:00 p.m. | Weber, RHP (6-2, 3.96 ERA) vs. DiMauro, RHP (3-3, 4.78 ERA)
May 18, 12:00 p.m. | Clayton, RHP (6-3, 5.16 ERA) vs. DeVito, RHP (3-3, 7.15 ERA)
Last we met: L, 7-6, March 17, 2019, West Hartford, Conn.
Tale of the Tape
- UAlbany is 10-6 at home this season
- Hartford is 7-20 on the road
- UAlbany has won 11 of 14
- Hartford has won six of seven
- Against common opponents, UAlbany is 17-8 and Hartford is 12-10
- UAlbany ranks third in the America East in batting (.266), pitching (5.38) and fielding (.973)
- Marc Wangenstein leads in RBIs (47)
- Patrick Lagravinese leads in triples (7)
- Joe Kruszka leads in saves (9)
2018 Record: 26-31, (16-8 AE); 1st place AE, AE Champions, 0-2 NCAA Regional
Top Offensive Player: Jackson Olson, Jr., SS, (.319/.363/.420, 12 2B, 2 3B, HR, 18 RBIs)
Top Pitcher: Nicholas Dombkowski, So., LHP, (2-5, 5.32 ERA, 69.1 IP, 62 K, 21 BB)