Baseball Defeats Stony Brook 5-4
Score: UAlbany 5, Stony Brook 4
Location: Varsity Field in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (12-15, 3-7 AE); Stony Brook (19-13, 6-4 AE)
Short Story: UAlbany pitchers hold Stony Brook in check to take the first game in the series 5-4.
Coach Mueller: “I thought it was a big challenge for sure. After Sunday’s devastating loss I thought it was important that we try. Ben made his first start today and gave us a chance early against a good Stony Brook team. Brendan was almost unhittable for four-plus innings. And when Jack gets in the game we have a chance. I think everyone sees if he can get going we’re going to be a different team.”
- Ben Brown lasted 3.0 innings, allowing three runs on two hits
- Brendan Smith pitched 4.1 relief innings, allowing no hits and no runs with five strikeouts
- Jack McClure earned a five-out save, allowing one run and striking out two
- Travis Collis hit 2-4 with a home run
- Marc Wangenstein hit 2-4
- Matt Codispoti hit 1-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored
- Patrick Lagravinese hit 3-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored
- Nick Kondo hit 2-3
- UAlbany held Stony Brook to just three hits
How it happened
- After Travis Collins hit a bloop single to shallow left to lead off the bottom of the first, Matt Codispoti hit a two-out RBI double to deep center. Next, Patrick Lagravinese hit a single through the right side, allowing Codispoti to score from second, giving UAlbany an early 2-0 lead.
- Stony Brook scored three runs in the top of the third to take the lead
- UAlbany tied the game at three in the bottom of the fourth. Lagravinese led off the inning with a single through the right side, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With one out, Brad Malm reached safely on an error by Stony Brook’s third baseman, while Lagravinese advanced to third. Lagravinese scored in the ensuing at bat when Marshall Winn hit a single through the left side.
- Collins hit a leadoff home run to right field in the bottom of the fifth to give UAlbany a 4-3 lead
- UAlbany added a run in the bottom of the seventh. Nick Kondo led off the inning with a single to third, and advanced to second when Collins grounded out to Stony Brook’s pitcher. Kondo advanced to third when Marc Wangenstein hit a single to third that bounced off third base, and scored on a safety squeeze by Connor Powers.
- Stony Brook attempted a comeback in the top of the ninth, scoring one run, but ultimately falling short by a final score of 5-4
Next: The Great Danes will wrap the three-game series against Stony Brook on Saturday with a doubleheader starting at noon.