Baseball Hosts UMBC
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany baseball team returns to Varsity Field this weekend to kick off a four-game home stand with a three-game set against UMBC for the team’s fourth America East series of the season.
UAlbany (12-15, 4-5 AE) won its first America East series last weekend, taking two of three games from UMass Lowell on the road. Most recently, the Great Danes visited St. John’s, falling to the Red Storm late, 5-4. In their latest game, Matt Codispoti and Nick Kondo each hit home runs, and Kondo has stretched his hitting streak to six games.
UMBC played two mid-week games this week, starting at home in a loss against George Washington, 11-6, and concluding on the road at Delaware, where the Retrievers won 7-4. UMBC has won just two of their last five games after rolling off an eight-game winning streak.
Last season, UAlbany visited UMBC in the final weekend, needing to win two of three games to qualify for the America East Tournament. The first game I the series was cancelled due to inclement weather, and UAlbany needed only to split the two games remaining to be played. UAlbany won the first game in 11 innings, clinching the six-seed in the tournament and eliminating Binghamton, who just the year before was the top team in the conference. UAlbany drew UMBC immediately in the opening game of the tournament, sending the Retrievers into the elimination bracket with an 8-5 victory.
UAlbany is currently in fourth place in the America East standings at 4-5 in-conference, tied with UMass Lowell but holding a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Riverhawks. Stony Brook leads all teams at 7-2, having recently dropped from the ranks of the unbeaten by falling in two of three games against second-place Hartford, who remains one game back of the Seawolves. Binghamton is third at 3-2, having played one fewer series so far this season. UMBC is currently in last place at 2-7.
Following the series against UMBC, the Great Danes will host Iona on Tuesday, April 16 at 3:00 p.m. Seventeen of UAlbany’s next 24 games will be played at home.
THE OUTLOOK: UMBC (15-14, 2-7 AE) | Saturday-Sunday April 13-14 | Albany, N.Y.
April 13, 12:00 p.m. | Adams, RHP (0-1, 4.62 ERA) vs. Savino, RHP (0-2, 3.26 ERA)
April 13, 3:00 p.m. | Trabacchi, RHP (2-2, 4.79 ERA) vs. Weber, RHP (3-2, 6.16 ERA)
April 14, 12:00 p.m. | Esposito, RHP (1-0, 6.14 ERA) vs. Morrisroe, RHP (0-2, 6.60 ERA)
Tale of the Tape
- UAlbany is 2-1 at home this season
- UMBC is 8-9 on the road
- Nick Kondo has a six-game hitting streak
- UMBC went 1-2 against UMass Lowell; UAlbany went 2-1
- UMBC defeated Coppin State 16-2; UAlbany went 1-2
- UMBC has lost two of three after winning nine of 10
- Joe Kruszka leads the America East in saves (5)
- UMBC leads in walks (135) and stolen bases (50) and ranks second in runs scored (172)
- UMBC and UAlbany rank second and third respectively in on base percentage
- UMBC’s Terrance Pinkston leads in stolen bases (15)
2018 Record: 22-29, (12-11 AE); third place AE, 0-2 AE tournament
Top Offensive Player: Christian Torres, Jr., INF, (.381/.456./610, 9 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 32 RBis)
Top Pitcher: Nick Trabacchi, So., RHP, (2-2, 4.79 ERA, 35.2 IP, 21 K, 11 BB)