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Baseball To Battle At Binghamton In Conference Series


ALBANY, N.Y. — The University at Albany baseball program continues America East Conference play this weekend, traveling to Binghamton for a three game series.  Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 1:00 p.m., followed by a single game Sunday, also at 1:00 p.m.

In two evenly matched non-conference clashes Tuesday, UAlbany edged the hosting Marist Red Foxes, 5-4, before darkness fell on the nightcap’s extra-inning 6-6 draw. UAlbany will take a 12-13-1 record into the weekend.

SCOUTING THE GREAT DANES (12-13-1, 7-5 America East)
With a 7-5 America East Conference record, UAlbany is tied for second in the standings, along with Hartford. In their last league outing, the Great Danes swept 2012 College World Series participant Stony Brook by scores of 5-4, 9-6, and 4-3. For their performance, the Danes were named an honorable mention CollegeBaseballInsider.com Louisville Slugger Team of the Week. On the season, UAlbany is batting .260 collectively led by Matt Hinchy (.347), Josh Nethaway (.313), Jeff Welsh (.299), and Gordon Madej (.292). Defensively, the squad owns a .960 fielding percentage, while the pitching staff has a combined 5.04 ERA.

THE UALBANY COACH: Jon Mueller (14th season, Eckerd College ‘92)
Jon Mueller is in his 14th season as the head coach of the University at Albany baseball program. The Stillwater, N.Y. native has had proven success as both a player and coach throughout his career. Mueller ranks first among UAlbany’s career leaders with 291 coaching victories, and was named the America East Coach of the Year in 2004. He also led the Danes to the program’s first America East Conference tournament championship title and NCAA appearance in 2007. Mueller has produced dozens of all-conference standouts and has had six players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft under his direction, including one in each of the past two seasons.

SCOUTING THE BEARCATS (14-11, 5-6 America East)
Binghamton is currently alone in fourth place in the America East standings with a 5-6 record. The Bearcats went 1-2 vs. UMBC, 2-1 vs. Stony Brook, 2-1 vs. Hartford, and most recently 0-2 vs. Maine. Yet to play a home game since the 2011 season due to renovations on Bearcat Sports Complex, Binghamton will play on their own diamond for the first time in 80 games Saturday against UAlbany. Batting a collective .271, Jake Thomas (.380, 25 RBI) and Daniel Nevares (.327, 9 doubles) lead the squad. Defensively, the Bearcats are fielding .974 with a 4.04 earned run average.

THE BEARCAT COACH: Tim Sinicki (21st season, Western Carolina ’88)
Tim Sinicki has been named the America East Coach of the Year four times in the last eight seasons (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010), leading Binghamton to four straight regular season conference titles from 2007-10. Sinicki began his collegiate playing career as a freshman all-conference pitcher at Binghamton in 1985. One year later, he was named to the All-Region III team while pitching at nearby Broome Community College, where he was tabbed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Major League Baseball amateur draft. He finished his playing career at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., where the Catamounts captured back-to-back Southern Conference titles and competed in the NCAA Division I Championship both seasons. In his 21st season at the helm, Sinicki owns a 445-454-6 all-time record.

Leading UAlbany to a 3-0 series sweep over conference foe Stony Brook, junior Josh Nethaway has been named the America East Player of the Week, announced by the league office Monday. Nethaway led UAlbany with a team-best .455 batting average and .727 slugging percentage, logging a home run, three RBI, and four runs scored. The Fonda, N.Y. native crossed the plate and lined at least one hit in each game, including a pair of multi-hit performances. Facing a 4-0 deficit in game one, Nethaway capped the Danes’ sixth inning rally with a game-tying two-run home run with two outs. Nethaway recorded two hits in each of the final two games, including driving in the game-tying run in the series finale, as well as scoring what would become the game-winning run.

With the series sweep over Stony Brook and win against Marist, UAlbany head coach Jon Mueller now has 291 career wins. Mueller is in his 14th season at the helm and ranks first in UAlbany baseball coaching victories with a 291-396-5 record.

With 219 career hits, senior Nolan Gaige ranks first in UAlbany’s Division I program history and is tied for second all-time with Steve Checksfield (219: 1998-2001). He is well on pace to become the Great Danes’ all-time leader, currently 11 away from Michael Oliva’s record (229: 1997-01).

UAlbany’s 6-6 tie with Marist Tueday marked the program’s 12th in 54 seasons and the fifth tie in the Jon Mueller era. The scheduled seven inning contest went nine full frames before being called on account of darkness.

While there were no decisions on the mound in Tuesday’s nightcap at Marist, freshman southpaw Sam DeCelle had an outstanding outing for UAlbany, hurling eight and a third innings, allowing just one run, five hits, while striking out one.

Coming out of the bullpen for three and two-thirds innings, junior Kevin Archbold (1-0) recorded his first career win, holding Stony Brook to just two singles and two runs (none earned), while tying his career-high with six strikeouts. Archbold led the Great Danes to the program’s first series sweep over Stony Brook, as UAlbany won Sunday’s finale, 4-3. In two conference outings this season, Archbold has yet to give up an earned run.

UAlbany’s active career doubles leader redshirt junior
Josh Nethaway has belted 34 in his three-year tenure. With eight already this season, Nethaway is one double away from breaking into UAlbany’s top-5 all-time. Teammate Nolan Gaige is not far behind with 31 career two-baggers.

Announced by the league office March 6th, the America East Conference will take its 2013 baseball championship to LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass., home of Boston Red Sox Single A affiliate Lowell Spinners. The state of the art facility was tabbed to host the entire championship, marking the first time it has been held at a predetermined minor-league facility since 2001. The 2013 America East Championship will begin on Wednesday May 22, and conclude on either May 24 or May 25.

UAlbany travels to St. Johns Tuesday for a non-conference clash beginning at 3:00 p.m. The game will air on ESPN3.

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