Albany, Binghamton, Hartford Win Weekend Series
After weather washed out most of last weekend, the America East baseball conference season looks ahead to a full weekend of games beginning on Saturday. Beyond the three conference series, Stony Brook will play some non-conference games in the Dodd Stadium college Baseball Classic. Here's a look ahead to the weekend:
UMBC (6-18, 3-6 AE) at Binghamton (9-13, 4-4 AE)
Game 1: Binghamton 16, UMBC 3
- The Bearcats plated 16 runs on 14 hits to get past UMBC, 16-3, in the series opener.
- Jack Rogalla scattered four hits, allowing two runs and striking out six to get the win on the mound.
- Freshman catcher Eddie Posavec went 4-for-4 with three RBI and senior second baseman Daniel Nevares and sophomore third baseman David Schanz added three RBI apiece to ignite BU’s highest scoring output of the season.
- With the game tied at 1 in the second inning, the Bearcats sent nine men to the plate, scoring five runs to take control of the game.
Game 2:Binghamton 7, UMBC 3
- Behind three more RBI from freshman catcher Eddie Posavec, Binghamton won the second game of the series over UMBC, 7-3.
- Jake Cryts threw seven shutout innings on the hill for the Bearcats.
- Binghamton broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth, scoring four times.
- Posavec gave BU a 4-3 lead with a perfectly placed safety squeeze bunt to the right of the mound. After a fly out, Bereszniewicz laced a two-out RBI single to left and Howell just sidestepped the catcher with BU’s fifth run scored. A botched fly ball in center gave the Bearcats their final two runs.
Game 3: Binghamton 8, UMBC 4
- Jake Thomas capped a stellar doubleheader with another home run, finishing Sunday 6-for-8 over a two game stretch and helping Binghamton cmplete the sweep with an 8-4 win over UMBC.
- Trailing 1-0, Binghamton scored four times in the third.
- Thomas hit a 3-run blast in the fourth and then a solo home run in the sixth to give the Bearcats some cushion.
UMass Lowell (9-10, 3-2 AE) at Albany (6-16, 4-5 AE)
Game 1: Albany 8, UMass Lowell 7
- Albany's Evan Harasta hit a walk-off three-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning to help complete a comeback and give Albany an 8-7 win in game one of the series.
- The Great Danes erased a 7-1 deficit in the final three innings. Craig Lepre put life back into the dugout, launching a grand slam to right with one out in the seventh to cut the deficit to 7-5.
- Harasta played hero in the ninth, taking a pitch over the left field fence with two-on and two-out to give the Danes the win.
Game 2: UMass Lowell 11, Albany 4
- UMass Lowell score five times in the fifth inning to even the series with an 11-4 win in game two of the doubleheader.
- Mottola had four hits and Strom drove in three runs to pace the offensive attack.
- The River Hawks scored in four of the seven innings to help Calzetta earn the win on the mound.
Game 3: Albany 3, UMass Lowell 2
- The rubber match of the three-game series went in Albany's favor, giving the Great Danes their second series win of the conference season.
- UAlbany took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, as set the tone with a leadoff triple to the centerfield gap. Senior brought him home with a sacrifice fly, also to center. With two outs, junior kept the inning alive with a single to right-center and followed with an RBI single through the right side.
- UMass Lowell tied the game with two runs in the sixth. Lining three straight hits, Matthew Sanchez led off with a single to left field, Jimmy Ricoy followed with a double down the left field line, and Danny Mendick capped the rally with a two-run single down the left field line.
- Stephen Woods earned his first collegiate win, shutting out the River Hawks for the final three innings.
- The Great Danes scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth without the need for a hit, as Lushkevich drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on ’s sacrifice bunt, and scored on a pair of wild pitches.
Hartford (16-10, 6-2 AE) at Maine (8-19, 1-5 AE)
Game 1: Hartford 6, Maine 4 (11 inn.)
- Hartford and Maine needed extra innings to decide game one, with the Hawks scoring twice in the 11th inning for a 6-4 victory.
- Hartford capitalized on a leadoff walk in top of the 11th to score what was the eventual game-winning run. Roberti earned the free pass, his second of the game, and scored thanks to an infield hit from Trey Stover with the throw home off the mark allowing Roberti to score without a play at the plate. Left fielder Adam Touhey would then punch home what would prove to be an insurance run as Brian Estevez scored on a fielder's choice that erased Stover at second base for the second out of the inning.
- Maine became the first team to score and earned run off Hartford starter Sean Newcomb, scoring four times in 6.1 innings.
- The Black Bears battled back from a 4-1 deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth. Salcedo had the big hit in the inning, lining a two-out single that plated two runs to tie the game.
Game 2: Hartford 2, Maine 1
- Brian Hunter pitched his third-straight complete game, helping Hartford a 2-1 win in game two and clinch the series.
- All three runs in the game came in the first inning.
- In the top of the first, the Hawks relied on a hit from Ryan Lukach and a sacrifice from James Alfonso to drive in their two runs, the latter of which drove home first baseman Brady Sheetz as the game-winning tally.
- Colin Gay drove in the only run for Maine with a ground out in the bottom of the first.
Game 3: Hartford 2, Maine 1
- Hartford scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to complete a three-game sweep of Maine in Orono.
- James Alfonso drove in the game-winning run with a one-out double to left that plated Brady Sheetz.
- David Drouin allowed only one run over seven innings on the mound for Hartford in a no-decision. MacKay got the win in one scoreless inning of relief while Gouin picked-up his seventh save of the year.
Stony Brook at Dodd Stadium College Baseball Classic
Game 1: Stony Brook 8, Bryant 5
Stony Brook had an impressive weekend at the Dodd Stadium College Baseball Classic, sweeping a doubleheader from Bryant and UConn on Saturday before losing a closely contested battle with Bryant on Sunday.
The Seawolves won the first game of the tournament, 8-5, over Bryant thanks to a three-run home run by Cole Peragine that broke a 5-5 tie in the top of the ninth.
Stony Brook fell behind the Huskies 3-1, but the Seawolves persevered with a run in the third inning and then bursted out with four runs in the fifth inning.
Stony Brook took care of the rest on the mound as Tim Knesnik delivered a stellar relief outing. He scattered six hits over five innings and struck out six while not walking a batter.