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Baseball Wins And Draws In Marist Twin Bill

GAME ONE BOX  I  GAME TWO BOX  I  SEASON STATS

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – In two evenly matched non-conference clashes Tuesday, the University at Albany baseball team edged the hosting Marist Red Foxes, 5-4, before darkness fell on the nightcap’s extra-inning 6-6 draw. UAlbany now owns a 12-13-1 record on the season, while Marist fell to 15-12-1.

In game one, UAlbany jumped out to a 4-0 lead, scoring one run in the top of the first and three runs in the second. Senior Nolan Gaige led off the doubleheader with a double to left centerfield. With two outs, D.J. Hoagboon knocked him home with a single to left. In the Great Danes’ second at-bats, Joey Tracy and Gaige reached on a walk and fielding error, respectively, setting up senior Greg Muller’s three-run blast over the left field wall.

The Red Foxes answered in the bottom of the third, making it a one-run game, 4-3. While UAlbany starter Austin Chase sat down the first two hitters, Marist strung together four singles and a hit batsman with two outs to score three runs.

Marist tied it up in the fifth, 4-4, as Zach Shank walked with one out, moved to third on a single to right-center and scored on a fielder’s choice.

Nearing crunch time of the scheduled seven-inning game, the Great Danes took a 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth. With one out, UAlbany loaded the bases after Tracy walked, a pitch hit Craig Lepre and Gaige also walked. Patient at the plate, Muller drew four balls for his fourth RBI of the game, plating the go-ahead run. Still with the bases loaded, reliever Jordan Eich forced a double play to end the inning.

Marist nearly tied it in the bottom of the sixth, but with two outs, UAlbany forced the Red Foxes’ lead runner into a run-down between home and third for out number three.

On the mound, closer Andrew Jaurique sat Marist down in order, earning the save. Freshman Brendan Ryan (1-1) earned the win, throwing three middle-relief innings, holding Marist to one run and three hits, while striking out two.

Looking for revenge in the nightcap, the Red Foxes exploded for five runs in the bottom of the first for a 5-1 lead. After Josh Nethaway put UAlbany on the board with an RBI double, Marist batted through the order, tagging starter Brian Gauthier for three singles and four walks. Despite two runners on base, reliever Sam DeCelle limited the damage with a groundout.

Not discouraged, UAlbany battled back immediately in the third, plating three runs. Freshman Evan Harasta and Tracy both took pitches to the body, setting up Luke Burns’ RBI double to right centerfield. Gaige followed up with a two-run scoring single to right, making it a one-run game, 5-4.

Continuing to scrap, the Great Danes took the lead in the fourth. Freshman Matt Hinchy sparked the rally with a double to left-centerfield, and Gaige capped it with a two-run plating two-bagger to right-center.

Trailing, 6-5, the hosts evened the score in the sixth, as Steve Laurino led off with a triple and crossed the plate on Graham McIntire’s single to left. Marist looked to take the lead, but DeCelle forced three consecutive outs, stranding McIntire at third.

Likewise, UAlbany put a runner on third in the top of the seventh, but the Red Foxes got out of the jam. With the score tied, 6-6, the squads went into extras.

Three innings later, the score remained at six-all and darkness fell, forcing a stalemate.

While there were no decisions on the mound, DeCelle had an outstanding outing for UAlbany, hurling eight and a third innings, allowing just one run, five hits, while striking out one.

Offensively, Nethaway (3-for-5), Gaige (2-for-5), and Burns (2-for-4) led the squad with multi-hit performances. Gaige also had a game-high four RBI.

Up next, UAlbany travels to face Binghamton in a three-game America East Conference series. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at noon.


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