ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany baseball team (11-14, 3-6 AE) has played 25 straight games on the road to open the 2017 season, and will finally play the home opener on Friday against Binghamton in the team’s fourth America East series.
The Great Danes expected to play their home opener against Marist last Tuesday, in the first of five scheduled home games to kick off the home schedule. Instead, all five games were altered due to inclement weather. The single game against Marist on Tuesday and LIU Brooklyn on Wednesday were cancelled due to rain, and unplayable field conditions on University Field forced the series against UMass Lowell to be moved to the Riverhawks’ facility.
One week and two additional true road games later, UAlbany now expects to play on its home field for the first time all season.
So far this week, the Great Danes have split two road games. First, the team lost 9-3 at #22 St. John’s on Tuesday, but followed up with a huge 16-5 win over Manhattan on Wednesday. The team set a season-high for runs scored, and came out of an offensive slump in which they scored more runs against Manhattan than they had in the previous six games combined.
The Bearcats have played two games this week, winning at Penn State on Monday and losing at Cornell on Wednesday. Earlier in the season, after beating Virginia Tech on March 5, Binghamton suffered a stretch of 20 days without games, as seven of the team’s games in a row were cancelled.
Binghamton has played four fewer games this season, 20, than any other team in the America East. Yet the Bearcats rank third in the conference standings behind Stony Brook and UMass Lowell. UAlbany still ranks sixth in the standings.
The comforts of home will be short-lived for the Great Danes, who will hit the road once more to play Army next Tuesday. Afterwards, the team will visit Marist for a doubleheader next Saturday, before returning home to play Marist next Sunday.
2016 Record: 30-25, (19-5 AE); First place America East; America East Champion Top Offensive Player: Paul Rufo, Jr., SS, (.353/.389/.518, 4 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 19 RBIs, 3 SB) Top Pitcher: Nick Gallagher, So., RHP, (3-1, 1.08 ERA, 33.1 IP, 29 K, 14 BB)