Old Westbury, N.Y. – Christian Dienna went 4-for-7 with three RBI to lead New York Tech to a doubleheader sweep of seven inning contests over the UAlbany baseball team on Saturday, March 15 at President’s Field. The Bears took game one 11-4 and rallied for a 9-8 victory in game two.

In game one, NYIT jumped out to an 11-0 lead after three innings. Effrey Valdez tallied the first run with a two-out solo home run in the first inning. The Bears blew the game open in the second inning with nine runs. Julian Richards plated Brian Smith with a single to open the scoring. Following a run-scoring balk, Bob Garland walked and Denten Neill reached on an error to load the bases with no outs. Jerry Smith walked and Valdez was hit by a pitch to force in a pair of runs. Following a strikeout, Mike LaLuna plated Neill and Jerry Smith with a single to knock UAlbany starter Nate Novak out of the game. Brian Smith and Tom Leonick greeted relief pitcher Jeff Kaier with their second hits of the inning to close out the scoring. NYIT tallied its final run of the game with an RBI single in the third by Dienna to score Neill from second.

UAlbany cut into the deficit with three unearned runs in the top of the fifth inning. Junior center fielder Dave West recorded a one-out single and scored when junior shortstop Sean Donovan reached on an error. Following a groundout, junior designated hitter Ryan Gugel plated Donovan and senior Mike Konstanty with a double.

The Great Danes closed out the game’s scoring with a single run in the top of the seventh inning. After consecutive errors to load the bases with one out, Pete Eichner registered a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in senior catcher Tom Zink.

Novak suffered his third loss of the season, allowing nine runs (eight earned) on six hits over just an inning and one-third. Kaier allowed two runs on four hits in one and two-third innings on the mound. Senior Marco Rivera and junior Chris Ott combined for three strikeouts and just one hit over the final three innings.

In the nightcap, the Great Danes plated four runs in the opening inning. Sophomore second baseman Brendan Rowland led off the inning with a double. Two batters later, West reached on an error to load the bases. Konstanty knocked in Rowland with a fielder’s choice. After West was thrown out trying to steal third, Zink singled and Donovan walked to re-load the bases. Freshman designated hitter Jamie Liebowitz plated Konstanty with a single and was followed up by a Gugel two-run single to cap the frame.

NYIT (4-3) responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Brian Smith knocked in Neill with a single to start the inning. Jerry Smith plated his twin brother with a fielder’s choice and Joe Lucente followed with a run-scoring single.

UAlbany (3-10-1) got one run back in the second inning on a one-out solo homer by junior left fielder Gary Pitcheralle. The Bears took a 6-5 lead with three runs in the bottom of the frame. George Carroll scored the first run on an error by Rowland. Following a strikeout, Dienna recorded a two-run single to give the Bears the edge.

The Great Danes retook the lead in the fifth inning on a pair of unearned runs. With the bases loaded, Gugel reached on a throwing error by the first baseman to allow Zink and Konstanty to score. The lead was short-lived as NYIT went ahead for good in the bottom of the inning on a three-run blast by Lucente.

Gugel got the Great Danes within one in the seventh inning with a single to plate Zink, but Preston Wasmund induced a game-ending groundout.

Junior Cory Warrings took the loss for UAlbany, striking out five over five innings, but yielding nine runs (three earned) on six hits. Wasmund earned the win in relief for the Bears, striking out three over two and one-third innings, allowing just an unearned run. Andrew Guarrasi allowed seven runs (two earned) over the first four and two-third innings for NYIT, registering five strikeouts.

Zink and Gugel each recorded three hits for the Great Danes, with Zink scoring three times and Gugel driving in three runs.

UAlbany returns to action on Tuesday, March 18 for a 1:30 doubleheader at Hofstra.

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UAlbany (3-9-1) 000 030 1 - 4 3 2
New York Tech (3-3) 191 000 X - 11 11 5

UAlbany: Nate Novak (L, 0-3), Jeff Kaier (2), Marco Rivera (4), Chris Ott (6) and Tom Zink.
New York Tech: Frank Ryan (W, 1-0), Chris Colleran (6), Bobby Tesseyman (6), Jon Costa (7) and Tom Leonick,
George Carroll (6), John Grilli (7).

UAlbany (3-10-1) 410 020 1 - 8 10 5
New York Tech (4-3) 330 030 X - 9 6 2

UAlbany: Cory Warrings (L, 0-2), Sean Gregory (6) and Ryan Gugel.
New York Tech: Andrew Guarrasi, Preston Wasmund (5, W, 1-0) and George Carroll.

Game 1
New York Tech 11, UAlbany 4 (Mar 15, 2008)


Box Score

                             2008 UAlbany Baseball
Albany at New York Inst. Tech. (Game 1)
Mar 15, 2008 at Old Westbury, NY (President's Field)

Albany 4 (3-9-1)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
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Brendan Rowland 2b....... 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 5
Gary Pitcheralle lf...... 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Dave West cf............. 2 1 1 0 1 0 3 0 0
Mike Konstanty rf........ 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 3
Sean Donovan ss.......... 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 0
Tom Zink c............... 2 1 0 0 2 0 6 0 0
Ryan Gugel dh............ 4 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3
Zac Halloran 3b.......... 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Dan Koegel 1b............ 1 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 0
Pete Eichner ph/1b...... 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Nate Novak p............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jeff Kaier p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marco Rivera p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Chris Ott p............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals................... 28 4 3 3 7 3 18 5 12

New York Inst. Tech. 11 (3-3)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
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Neill 3b................. 4 2 1 0 1 0 0 3 0
Smith, J. cf............. 4 1 0 1 1 2 6 0 3
Valdez rf................ 1 2 1 2 2 0 1 0 0
Dienna dh................ 4 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
LaLuna ss................ 4 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 3
Smith, B. 2b............. 4 2 2 1 0 1 2 2 2
Leonick c................ 3 1 2 2 0 0 3 0 0
Carroll c............... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Grilli ph/c............. 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Richards 1b.............. 4 1 1 1 0 0 7 0 0
Garland lf............... 2 1 0 0 2 1 2 0 1
Ryan p................... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Colleran p.............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tesseyman p............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Costa p................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals................... 31 11 11 10 6 6 21 8 9

Score by Innings R H E
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Albany.............. 000 030 1 - 4 3 2
New York Inst. Tech. 191 000 X - 11 11 5
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E - Rowland, B.; Novak, N.; LaLuna; Smith, B.; Richards 2; Costa. LOB -
Albany 12; NYIT 9. 2B - Gugel, R.; Leonick. HR - Valdez. HBP - West, D.;
Valdez. SF - Eichner, P..

Albany IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP
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Nate Novak.......... 1.1 6 9 8 2 2 11 14 -
Jeff Kaier.......... 1.2 4 2 2 1 1 9 10 -
Marco Rivera........ 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 7 8 -
Chris Ott........... 1.0 0 0 0 2 1 4 6 -

New York Inst. Tech. IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP
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Ryan................ 5.0 3 3 0 5 3 20 26 -
Colleran............ 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 3 4 -
Tesseyman........... 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 -
Costa............... 1.0 0 1 0 1 0 4 6 -

Win - Ryan (1-0). Loss - Novak, N. (0-3). Save - None.
HBP - by Novak, N. (Valdez); by Ryan (West, D.). BK - Novak, N.. PB - Zink, T..
Inherited runners/scored: Kaier, J. 2/2; Tesseyman 2/0; Costa 2/0.
Pitches/strikes: None.
Umpires -
Start: 12:20 Time: 3:05 Attendance: 65

Game Two
New York Tech 9, UAlbany 8 (Mar 15, 2008)



Box Score


                             2008 UAlbany Baseball
Albany at New York Inst. Tech. (Game 2)
Mar 15, 2008 at Old Westbury, NY (President's Field)

Albany 8 (3-10-1)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
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Brendan Rowland 2b....... 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 2
Gary Pitcheralle lf...... 3 1 1 1 1 2 0 0 0
Dave West cf............. 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Mike Konstanty 1b........ 3 2 0 1 1 0 8 0 0
Tom Zink rf.............. 4 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
Sean Donovan ss.......... 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 3 0
Jamie Liebowitz dh....... 4 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0
Ryan Gugel c............. 4 0 3 3 0 0 6 0 0
Zac Halloran 3b.......... 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 5
Cory Warrings p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Sean Gregory p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals................... 32 8 10 6 3 8 18 7 7

New York Inst. Tech. 9 (4-3)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
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Neill 3b................. 3 2 1 0 1 0 2 2 0
Smith, B. 2b............. 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0
Valdez rf................ 4 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 0
LaLuna ss................ 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 3 0
Dienna 1b................ 3 0 1 2 0 0 4 0 0
Smith, J. cf............. 3 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 1
Lucente lf............... 3 1 3 4 0 0 2 0 0
Grilli dh................ 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Gilroy ph............... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carroll c................ 3 1 0 0 0 0 7 2 0
Guarrasi p............... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wasmund p............... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals................... 28 9 6 8 2 7 21 7 3

Score by Innings R H E
-----------------------------------------
Albany.............. 410 020 1 - 8 10 5
New York Inst. Tech. 330 030 X - 9 6 2
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E - Rowland, B. 3; Gugel, R.; Halloran, Z.; Smith, B.; Dienna. LOB - Albany
7; NYIT 3. 2B - Rowland, B.; Neill. HR - Pitcheralle; Lucente. HBP -
Donovan, S.. CS - West, D..

Albany IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP
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Cory Warrings....... 5.0 6 9 3 2 5 25 27 -
Sean Gregory........ 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 3 3 -

New York Inst. Tech. IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP
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Guarrasi............ 4.2 8 7 2 3 5 23 27 -
Wasmund............. 2.1 2 1 0 0 3 9 9 -

Win - Wasmund (1-0). Loss - Warrings, C. (0-2). Save - None.
HBP - by Guarrasi (Donovan, S.). PB - Carroll 2. Inherited runners/scored:
Wasmund 2/0. Pitches/strikes: None.
Umpires -
Start: 3:35 Time: 6:05 Attendance: 64