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Baseball Splits With Maine; Nethaway Joins 200-Hits Club

BOX ONE  I  BOX TWO

ORONO, Maine – Recording three hits, including a pair of doubles, Saturday at Mahaney Diamond, senior Josh Nethaway became the University at Albany baseball program’s seventh member of the 200-hits club, as the Great Danes split the America East Conference doubleheader against the hosting Maine Black Bears. Maine won the series-opener, 9-4, but UAlbany rebounded to take the nightcap, 6-4.

Sophomore Brendan Ryan (2-2) earned the win in game two, tossing six innings, allowing four runs and seven hits, while striking out four. Classmate Terry Dugdale picked up the save, coming out of the pen in the seventh inning.

Totaling 12 hits as a team in the victory, senior Brian Bullard led the Danes with his 3-for-4 performance, including two runs batted in and two runs scored. He finished the day with a combined six hits. Junior Cory Kingston also knocked three hits and scored two runs, while Nethaway went 2-for-4 with a team-high three RBIs.

While Maine took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second, stringing together a walk and three hits, UAlbany bounced back to take a 3-2 advantage in the top of the third. With two outs, Kingston, D.J. Hoagboon, and Bullard lined three consecutive singles, plating one. After sophomore Evan Harasta walked, Nethaway kept the rally alive with a two-run scoring single to left field.

The Great Danes added three more runs in the top of the fifth sparked again by Kingston. The junior transfer led off the frame with a single to centerfield and Bullard brought him around with a double to right-center. Harasta and Nethaway followed suit, each belting a two-bagger of their own to give UAlbany a 6-2 lead.

Maine answered with a run in the bottom of the inning, playing small ball, and looked to rally in their final at-bats. The Black Bears drew a leadoff walk, forcing the Great Danes to go to the pen. A single and a two-out double scored one, but Dugdale stranded two runners, forcing a groundout to end the game.

Jeff Gelinas (3-4) took the loss for Maine, throwing 4.1 innings, allowing six runs and seven hits.

In game one, Maine scored all nine of its runs in its final two turns at the plate. The Great Danes held a 3-0 lead through six innings, but Maine scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh and then batted around the order in the eighth, scoring six more for a 9-3 advantage.

In the fourth, Nethaway recorded his 200th career hit, knocking a double down the left field line. With two outs, Richard Bacon brought him home with a single to the right side.

The Danes added two more runs in the fifth as Jeff VonMoser was hit in the leadoff spot, Bullard singled, and Harasta knocked both in with a single to right field.

However, Maine got their bats going in the seventh, using three hits and two walks to score three, tying it up.

In the eighth, the Black Bears used a leadoff hit by pitch and four singles to score four runs before Alex Calbick capped the inning with a two-run home run, giving Maine a 9-3 lead.

UAlbany managed to get one run back in the ninth, as Bacon doubled to right-center and scored on VonMoser’s single to shortstop. However, Maine’s Tommy Lawrence closed out the complete game, recording back-to-back groundouts to end the contest.

Lawrence (7-4) earned the victory, throwing all nine innings, allowing four runs and eight his, while striking out four.

UAlbany’s Daniel Castro (0-2) took the loss in relief, throwing the last 1.1 innings. He was tagged for six runs and five hits with one strikeout. Starter Kevin Archbold tossed 6.2 innings, including six full frames before allowing a run. Archbold was credited three runs and six hits, while striking out six.

Offensively, Brian Bullard went 3-for-4 with a run scored and Bacon went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run to lead the Danes.

Sunday’s series rubbermatch between Maine (20-26, 7-10) and UAlbany (10-31, 5-15) is slated for 1:00 p.m.


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