Albany Sweeps Rain Soaked Doubleheader to Claim Series over UMBC

Brian Klukowicz was named to the All-Region Second Team
Brian Klukowicz was named to the All-Region Second Team
 

BALTIMORE – Despite an almost two hour rain delay in the second game, Albany (12-25-1, 6-5 America East) swept both games to clinch the four-game series over the UMBC baseball team (8-29, 1-10 America East), Saturday evening at the Baseball Factory Field. The Great Danes claimed the first game of the day, 13-3, in seven innings before holding of a late Retriever charge and winning the second game 11-4.

Senior outfielder Brian Klukowicz (Clifton, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) went 3-for-7 on the day for UMBC while driving in two runs and scoring one as well.  He finished the series with four hits, three of them for extra bases and three RBIs.

In game one, the Retrievers got out of the gate quickly, plating a run in the bottom of the first as freshman Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) scored on Klukowicz's RBI single to right. UMBC managed just one hit in the next three innings however, a lead-off single by freshman Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) in the second.

After being held scoreless in the first two innings by UMBC starter Mac Gill (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson), the Great Danes crossed the plate six times in the top of the third to take a five-run lead. Mike Tirri had the big blow for the visitors, depositing a pitch over the right field fence for a grand slam.

Gill (1-6) took the loss for the Retrievers while Zach Kraham (2-5) threw a complete game to earn the win for the visitors.

Albany tacked on two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to build an eight run lead, 9-1.

The Retriever clawed back into the game in the fifth scoring two runs, cutting the deficit to six, 9-3, but could not get any closer.

The Great Danes scored four more runs in the top of the seventh to provide the final margin in the doubleheader seven inning contest.

Albany continued its hot stretch in the second game, scoring two runs in the top of the first.  And then the rains came suspending play for one hour and 46 minutes.

After the break, both starters, UMBC's Steve Miller (Newark, Del./Dickinson) and Albany's Austin Chase, dominated batters, giving up just four hits combined in four and a half innings.

The Great Danes finally solved Miller, knocking the senior out of the game en route to scoring nine runs in the top of the sixth inning to push the lead to 11-0.

The Retrievers did not go quietly though, scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth and nearly had more, leaving the bases loaded to end the game.

UMBC returns to the diamond to continue its nine-game homestand on Wednesday when in-state rival Mount St. Mary's comes to Baltimore.  First pitch between the Retrievers and the Mount it set for 6 p.m.

DAWG BITES

-           Senior Curtis Schickner went 4-for-13 in the series and drove in six runs but went hitless on Saturday to snap his eight-game hit streak.

-          The Retrievers picked up six hits in game one and seven more in game two to push their streak to 29 games with at least five hits.

-          UMBC pitchers extended their streak to 51 straight games with at least one strike out by fanning two batters in the first game and 10 in the second.

-          Albany leads the all-time series with UMBC 26-9 since UMBC joined the America East for the 2004 season.

-          Tirri's two homeruns for Albany in game one broke a six-game streak in which UMBC had not surrendered a homerun.

-          UMBC stole two bases in the night cap bringing its total to 40 swipes on the season.