Danes sweep Seawolves
By Zach DeJesus
The University at Albany baseball team defeated the Stony Brook Seawolves on Sunday afternoon, 4-3, taking the weekend series three games to none and improving their record to 11-13 overall and 7-5 in the American East Conference.
The Seawolves struck first with a run in the first inning as Cole Peragine managed to make it around the bases on passed balls and wild pitches, after coming up with a one out single against UAlbany’s starting pitcher Ryan Stinar. After walking two more batters Stinar was able to get out of his early jam by striking out Stony Brook’s Johnny Caputo and inducing a fly ball to right field off the bat of Michael Hubbard.
The Danes were held hitless over the first 3 innings as David Zamora, Stony Brook’s starting pitcher, struck out five batters and induced three groundball outs.
The tide of the game started to change in the top of the fourth inning when Kevin Archbold replaced Stinar with men on first and third and one out. Archbold, a hard throwing lefty, managed a flyout to right field and a strikeout.
Coach Mueller’s decision to sub Archbold with one out and two on paid off.
“The staff and I agreed that Archbold and Carey were going to be a part of this game today no matter what, and we look smart now because of it,” Mueller said.
“I just needed to keep focused, go pitch by pitch, and make sure I threw strikes,” Archbold said.
The Danes continued to roll in the bottom of the fourth inning when David Zamora made one too many hiccups, hitting leadoff man Nolan Gaige in the back, walking Greg Muller, and fumbling a bunt attempt by Gordon Madej, which allowed all runners to advance safely. Josh Nethaway then hit a line drive single into left center scoring Gaige.
Muller would then score on a wild pitch and Madej on a throwing error by second baseman Austin Shives. UAlbany’s last run of the inning and game would come via a groundout fielder’s choice to the shortstop allowing Nethaway to score.
Sloppy play and poor weather conditions would lead to two more tallies for the Seawolves over the fifth and sixth innings. Archbold allowed one run in the fifth inning after a single and two passed balls allowed a runner to score on a fielder’s choice. The second run was scored after an error by second baseman, Jeff Welsh, allowed Shives to reach first. He would eventually score on an RBI single from Peragine, making the score 4-3 in favor of UAlbany.
Archbold would go on to strike out the last batter of the inning and end his day going two and two-thirds innings, striking out six and allowing two runs, none of which were earned on his way to earning the win.
The rest of the game would be left to Stephen Carey, who through two innings of work struck out a batter and allowed one hit and no runs. Carey earned the save.
There was a scary moment in the bottom of the eighth inning when UAlbany’s Nethaway and Stony Brook’s Courtney collided at first base. Mason, Stony Brook’s pitcher in the eighth inning, fielded the ball and as he slipped to the floor threw to first base. Courtney, to avoid letting the ball get away from him, stretched into the baseline as Nethaway was crossing the base.
Both players were laying on the field for several minutes as the coaches talked to them to make sure they were able to continue playing. Courtney and Nethaway would stay in for the remainder of the game and there were no apparent injuries to either player.
After the game coach Mueller had a few things to say about the weekend series and emphasized his team’s ability to move forward from the strong sweep.
“We swept a great team. How do I feel? How can I feel bad? They’ve (the Danes) struggled so much, so when they succeed you’re happy for them. These are teenage kids and they’re working their butts off.”
Coach Muller hopes that they can keep the ball rolling as they travel to Marist this Wednesday.