Baseball Announces Team Captains
ALBANY, N.Y. – Ahead of the 2017 spring season, the University at Albany baseball team has announced its selections for team captains. Three student-athletes, Kyle Sacks, Terry Dugdale, and Matt Hinchy, were selected to lead the Great Danes through the upcoming 2017 campaign.
“These three student-athletes are tremendous students in the classroom,” said head coach Jon Mueller. “They set a real positive example for the rest of the guys off the field, in the weight room, during practice. They are all really good extensions of the coaching staff. They have performed well throughout their careers here, and they are each examples of what we want our players to be in terms of people and in terms of student-athletes. All three of them work hard and have all the great characteristics you look for in leaders.”
Sacks is a redshirt-senior outfielder and local product from Clifton Park, New York. Sacks was second on the team last season in batting average, hitting .311 while starting all 53 games for UAlbany. He hit two home runs and drove in 30 RBIs while slugging .404. He was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team in 2016.
Dugdale is a redshirt-senior right-handed pitcher from Amherst, New Hampshire. In 16 relief appearances last season, Dugdale posted a 5.87 ERA with 12 strikeouts and 18 walks, and an opposing batting average of .222. He made the second-most relief appearances on the team last year.
Hinchy is a redshirt-senior infielder from Miller Place, New York. Hinchy is the only repeat selection among this year’s group of three captains, having served in the role since 2014. Last year, he led the Great Danes in 2016 with a .349 batting average, a .429 slugging percentage and 61 hits, and was second on the team with 34 RBIs and a .402 on base percentage. Hinchy also recorded a fielding percentage of .989. He started all 48 games in which he played for UAlbany in 2016.
The Great Danes open the 2017 season on February 25 in Virginia with a double-header against Longwood University, before visiting South Carolina for an early-season tournament hosted by defending College World Series champion Coastal Carolina. The first home game will be April 4, a single-header against in-state rival Marist.