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University at Albany baseball had a picture perfect week.

The Danes (12-13, 4-4 AE) knocked the Marist College Red Foxes (12-16, 3-2 MAAC) 10-2 on Wednesday and swept a double header at UMass Lowell (6-23, 3-5 AE) on Saturday, winning the first game 5-3 and the second 11-3.

In the first game, the Danes traveled to Poughkeepsie, NY to take on the Red Foxes, and were led by junior infielder Nick Kondo. Kondo was two for three at the plate with two RBIs, while freshman Jason Bottari knocked in a run and scored two.

Marist was lead by freshman pitcher Zane Kmietek, who tossed five shut-out innings and fanned three UAlbany batters. At the plate, senior Randy Taveras went two for four with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base.

“Our pitchers today were steady throughout the game, and the defense was solid,” said UAlbany Coach Jon Muller. “Offensively, we put together consecutive at bats which led to the two big innings at the end.”

Marist scored first, crossing the plate twice in the bottom of the second.

UAlbany was shut out through the first five innings of the game. Kmietek proved dominant, holding the Danes to only two hits during his outing.

In the sixth with runners on first and second, Bottari stepped up to the plate for the Danes, and knocked in the runner on second with a line-drive single, putting the Danes on the board.

UAlbany tied the game 2-2, scoring on a Marist error.

The Danes took the lead on a Bottari score, and extended their lead to two runs on a sacrifice fly.

With a six run ninth inning, UAlbany put the finishing touches on the route, making the final score 10-2.

The Danes would continue their winning ways, as they traveled to Lowell, M.A. for an America East double header on Saturday.

The double headers first pitch would be thrown at noon.

On the mound for the Danes was senior RHP Dominic Savino. Savino would last six and two thirds innings, giving up only two runs. At the plate the Danes were led by junior outfielder Marc Wangenstein who slapped a double, drove in a run, and scored a run.

The UMass Lowell Riverhawks were driven at the plate by junior catcher Ciaran Devenney who had a perfect two for two slash line and drove in a run.

Coach Muller said: “We put together a full day of quality pitching and fundamental defense.  The offense stuck to the game plan and we flourished because of our approach” when asked about the success of the double header.

“Obviously its tough when you get swept at home” said UMass Lowell head coach Ken Harring

The Riverhawks struck first in the bottom of the third, making the score 1-0. In the fifth inning, UMass Lowell would tack on another run.  

The Danes wouldn’t touch home for the first time until the seventh.

The game would open up in the eighth inning for the Danes. Senior Travis Collins got the rally started with a lead off base hit. The flood gates would open as the Danes would score four runs in the inning.

UAlbany would hold off UMass Lowell to win the first game 5-2.

In the second game, Kondo would again lead the Danes, going three for four with three RBIs and senior Patrick Lagravinese crushing a first inning homerun lead the Danes offense.

The Riverhawks were lead by redshirt junior infielder Oscar Marchena who went two for three at the plate, and sophomore infielder Joey Castellanos, who was also two for three at the plate.

The Danes were propelled by the first inning bomb from Lagravinese, putting the Danes on top in the first.

The bases were loaded early in the third inning when Lagravinese walked to force in the first run of the inning. The last run of the rally was capped by redshirt sophomore Josh Loeffler’s bases clearing triple, putting the Danes 5-0.

UMass Lowell would score two more runs in a two-out rally in the third, and another in the fourth, cutting the Danes’ lead was cut to 5-3.

In the top of the sixth, redshirt junior Kevin Donati drew a bases loaded walk to force in the first run of the inning. After, the Danes would take advantage of poor Riverhawks pitching, and would end the sixth with a 9-3 lead.

The Danes would add on two more insurance runs in the seventh. Freshman Dolan Ocasal doubled to drive in Bottari. Kondo would single to drive in Ocasal to put the Danes up 11-3.

After their perfect week in which they outscored their opponents 26-7, UAlbany will finish up the series against UMass Lowell on Sunday. Next week, the Danes will battle St. Johns on Tuesday, and finish America East weekend series against UMBC.

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