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Baseball Trips, 9-7, After Manhattan Ninth-Inning Rally

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Baseball Trips, 9-7, After Manhattan Ninth-Inning Rally

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ALBANY, N.Y, — The University at Albany baseball team carried a two-run lead into the top of the ninth inning Wednesday afternoon at Varsity Field, but the visiting Manhattan College Jaspers rallied for four unanswered runs in the frame to steal a 9-7 win over the Great Danes. With the non-conference loss, UAlbany falls to 7-23 overall on the season, while the Jaspers improve to 9-27.

Offensively, senior Josh Nethaway piloted the Danes, going 3-for-5 with a home run and two doubles. He now has hit 50 doubles in his career and is just one away from tying the program record. Sophomore Evan Harasta also had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs, and a run scored, while Alex Lushkevich (2-for-4) also had multiple hits, knocking a pair of singles. UAlbany totaled 10 hits in the contest.

It was staff day on the mound, as the Great Danes rotated through nine arms. Cameron Sorgie (2-3) took the loss, coming out of the bullpen in the ninth in search of a save. Sam DeCelle, Matt Gallup, and Daniel Castro highlighted the staff, all tossing one perfect inning.

The Jaspers jumped out to a quick lead in the top of the first, using a leadoff walk and five consecutive hits to score three runs.

However, the Great Danes answered back immediately, taking a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the first. Jeff VonMoser and Brian Bullard drew back-to-back walks at the top of the order, and D.J. Hoagboon followed with a single through the right side. With the bases loaded, Harasta came through with a double down the left field line, plating three. With two outs, Luskevich gave the Danes the lead with an RBI single up the middle.

Manhattan knotted the score, 4-4, in the third, on a pair of walks and an RBI groundout.

In the bottom of the fifth, Hoagboon reached base for the third time in as many at-bats with a walk, and Nethaway followed immediately with a two-run blast over the left field wall, giving UAlbany a 6-4 lead.

Both teams added a run in the eighth, as Lushkevich crossed home plate on a double steal, making the score 7-5.

The Great Danes were three outs away from chalking up the win, but the Jaspers sparked a ninth-inning rally. A leadoff walk and single to center, followed by a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt loaded the bases with no outs. Chris Kalousdian brought one run in with a single to short and Jose Carrera knocked the tying run in with a fielder’s choice RBI. UAlbany intentionally walked the bases full, but Brendan Slattery took advantage with a two-run single to centerfield, giving the Jaspers a 9-7 lead. Out of the pen, Terry Dugdale got the Danes out of the inning with a pair of strikeouts.

In the bottom of the ninth, Bullard led off the inning with a hit by pitch and Harasta reached with a two-out walk. However, Manhattan closer Joey Rocchietti drew a flyout to end the game.

Maxx Feldman (1-1) earned the win for the Jaspers, throwing three innings of relief, while Rocchietti picked up the save.

Up next, UAlbany hosts America East Conference rival Stony Brook for a three-game series this weekend at Varsity Field. Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at noon.


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