Baseball Wins Series At UMBC With 6-4 Victory
BALTIMORE – Rallying from a 4-0 deficit, the University at Albany baseball team scored six unanswered runs Sunday afternoon at Alumni Field, overcoming the hosting UMBC Retrievers, 6-4, to win the first America East series of the season. With the victory, UAlbany improved to 3-7 overall and 2-1 in conference play, while UMBC fell to 3-8 on the season and 1-2 in America East play.
After taking the save in Saturday’s triumphant nightcap, junior reliever Matt Gallup (1-0) earned the win for UAlbany on the mound, tossing the final three innings. Gallup held the Retrievers scoreless, allowing just two hits, while striking out three. Starter Stephen Woods went two innings, allowing four runs and three hits before sophomore Brendan Ryan relieved the freshman on the hill. Ryan did not allow a run and gave up just one hit with two strikeouts in four innings of work.
Offensively, UAlbany totaled nine hits, led by sophomore Matt Hinchy and freshman Charlie Peltz’s 2-for-5 performances. Junior Craig Lepre and redshirt senior Josh Nethaway each knocked in two runs, while Evan Harasta and Hinchy each had one RBI.
For the third straight game, UMBC took the initial lead, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first, as well as two in the second. The Retrievers drew two walks in the opening frame, and Mark Esposito drove both runners home with a two-out RBI single to centerfield.
In the second, Ryan Sliwak led off with a triple to the centerfield gap and scored on a fielder’s choice. Connor Hax also crossed the plate in the inning on Kevin Lachance’s RBI single.
However, that would be UMBC’s last run of the game, as the Great Dane pitching staff shut the Retriever offense down, not allowing a runner past second base the rest of the way.
UAlbany got the bats going in the top of the fifth, scoring two unearned runs off starter Riley Stephenson. Richard Bacon reached base on a leadoff fielding error and advanced to second on Brian Bullard’s single through the right side. With two outs, Nethaway brought both runs in with a double to centerfield, cutting the deficit to two runs, 4-2.
In the seventh, the Great Danes struck again, plating three runs for a 5-4 advantage. Adam Mund and Bullard led off the inning with a hit by pitch and a walk, respectively. With two outs, Hinchy knocked home Mund with a double down the left field line, and Lepre followed immediately with a two-run scoring double to center.
UAlbany tacked on an insurance run in the eighth, as Cory Kingston was hit by a pitch in the leadoff position and moved to second on Bacon’s sac bunt. Again with two outs, the Danes pulled through with Harasta ripping an RBI single to centerfield for the final 6-4 score.
Cam Maxey (1-1) took the loss for UMBC, throwing 1.2 frames out of the pen. He allowed three earned runs and two hits. Stephenson tossed the first 5.1 innings, allowing two run (none earned) and five hits.