Danes Take Series Against Binghamton
By Bryan Torres
The Great Danes managed to win two of three games in their series with Binghamton last weekend and have now won seven of their last eight.
The teams split a doubleheader on Saturday with the Danes taking the victory in the first game and Binghamton winning the second.
The first game resulted in a 3-2 UAlbany win. The Danes struck first in the game with an RBI double from freshman Ryan Hernandez scoring Matt Codispoti in the top of the fourth inning.
The University at Albany extended their lead in the top of the sixth inning as Hernandez singled to score Codispoti again and a sacrifice fly from Brad Malm scored Patrick Lagravinese to make it 3-0.
The Danes’ pitching held off the Binghamton offense as John Clayton pitched 6.2 innings while letting only one run on three hits while striking out three to get the win. Redshirt senior Jack McClure pitched the remaining 2.1 innings allowing one run on one hit to get the save.
The win was the Danes’ second straight against 2017 America East Pitcher of the Year Nick Gallagher.
The second game of the day was not as good for UAlbany as they were unable to capitalize on a quality start by junior Dominic Savino who pitched six innings, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out four. The offense was shut out by Binghamton leading to a 2-0 defeat.
The third game on Sunday saw the Danes rally to take the series, winning by a score of 6-4.
Binghamton jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. UAlbany took their time answering, but finally did in the sixth inning,
Junior Travis Collins hit into a fielder’s choice which allowed redshirt senior Connor Powers to score the Danes’ first run. Collins then scored on an RBI double to center by Malm to cut the lead to one run. A bases loaded, two run single from Lagravinese later in the inning gave the Danes a 4-3 lead.
Binghamton answered right back in the bottom of the sixth, scoring a run to tie the game at 4-4.
The game remained tie until the top of the eight when Lagravinese struck again, hitting an RBI single to right field to give UAlbany a lead they would not relinquish in the game.
The Danes added an insurance run in the top of the ninth as Hernandez and Codispoti teamed up again to produce a run when Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly to left.
Savino, pitching on consecutive days, was once again solid for the Danes as he came in to silence the Binghamton offense, throwing three solid innings while allowing just one hit to earn his sixth win of the season.
The Danes will host three games this week, starting with Central Connecticut State on Tuesday and then a doubleheader against Iona on Wednesday before getting the weekend off.