Stony Brook baseball sweeps series at UAlbany
By Carl Straut-Collard
April 28, 2015
The University at Albany baseball team (11-19, 5-6 AE) came into three game weekend series at Varsity Field against Stony Brook University (23-12, 12-2 AE) with the hopes of challenging the Seawolves for first place in the America East standings. The challenge was denied as UAlbany fell three times to its top in-conference rival and remained in second place.
Saturday’s first game of the doubleheader could not have gone any worse for the Great Danes, who allowed 15 runs on 18 hits by the Seawolves, in a 15-3 beating.
“We did not pitch well in game one,” said head coach Jon Mueller. “We knew it was going to be difficult sledding and we really struggled with our bullpen’s effort.”
Stony Brook opened up the scoring in the fourth inning with a two-run double by Andruw Gazzola that sailed over a diving Will Miller in deep left-center field to drive in the first two runs. Jeremy Giles followed with another Stony Brook run in the fifth inning after hitting a sacrifice fly to centerfield, allowing Casey Baker to score from third.
With the bases loaded and one out, UAlbany responded with a two-run double into the left-center field gap by Shawn Blake to put the Danes within one. In the same half inning, Trevor DeMerritt followed with an RBI groundout to tie the game at three.
The Seawolves lineup, however, would not let up the run production. Stony Brook ensued with two runs in the sixth, three runs in the seventh, four runs in the eighth, and three runs in the ninth, outscoring the Danes 12-0 over the final four innings.
UAlbany’s starter, Brendan Ryan, was pulled after allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits over 5.1 innings. Terry Dugdale, Sam DeCelle and Cameron Sorgie appeared in relief from the Danes bullpen and surrendered a combined ten runs over just 3.2 innings of work.
Stony Brook’s Toby Handley led all hitters with four hits and three runs batted in, while Jack Parenty ended the first game with five runs batted in on two hits, including a three-run double in the ninth inning.
Eight of Stony Brook’s nine hitters recorded at least one run batted in and all nine recorded at least one base hit apiece.
In game two, the Great Danes hoped to keep the scoring from the opposing side at a minimum with Stephen Woods on the mound. Fortunately for Stony Brook, starting pitcher Daniel Zamora went head-to-head with Woods deep into the game, allowing just one run over four hits and seven strikeouts in Stony Brook’s 2-1 victory.
Woods got off to a quick start, striking out six batters over his first four innings of work.
Zamora matched Woods and was even more dominant with seven punch-outs and no runs allowed over the first four frames.
In the second inning, Stony Brook brought home the first run of the game on a fielder’s choice groundout that allowed Gazzola to score from third.
Two innings later, Woods struck out the first two batters he faced before giving up a solo homer to Gazzola that put Stony Brook up 2-0.
In the bottom half of that inning, Trevor DeMerritt stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded, but grounded out to the pitcher and stranded all three runners for the Danes.
After lead off hits by Eric Mueller and Karson Canaday to kickoff the fifth inning, UAlbany had another opportunity to score with runners in scoring position. With one out and runners on second and third, Alex Luskavich hit a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield that allowed Mueller to score the Danes’ first run of game two.
But that would be all the run support for Woods’ outing of seven innings, two runs allowed on three hits, and seven strikeouts. The Danes would strikeout ten times in game two and strand six base runners in the one run loss.
“You tell me your pitcher gives up three hits and strikes out seven guys over seven and you think you’re going to win that game, but [Stony Brook] pitched a little bit better than us,” said Mueller after the pair of defeats. “We had a tough time against these Stony Brook pitchers today. We didn’t protect the plate good enough and we failed to cash in with runners on base.”
In the third game of their series on Sunday afternoon, Stony Brook continued the offensive onslaught, beating UAlbany 12-2 to finish off a three game sweep.
After a doubleheader at NYIT on Tuesday, UAlbany will continue America East play at home for a three game series vs UMass Lowell this weekend.