Area colleges: Danes eliminated from America East baseball tournament
LOWELL, Mass. — After suffering a 9-0 loss to Binghamton on Wednesday, the University at Albany baseball team was eliminated Thursday from the America East Tournament with a 3-1 loss to Stony Brook.
The Great Danes, the No. 3 seed, had runners at the corners with no outs in the bottom of the ninth, but the No. 4 Seawolves got three straight outs, including a game-ending double play.
D.J. Hoagboon, a Mayfield graduate, started the ninth off with a single up the middle. Pinch-hitter Luke Burns then sent a line drive to right field, advancing Hoagboon to third.
Stony Brook closer Joshua Mason then induced a fly out to right field that was too shallow to score Hoagboon, then got the 6-4-3 double play to earn his save.
UAlbany (23-25-1) got its run in the home fifth when Greg Muller’s single scored Joey Tracy, who had reached on an error. That cut the Seawolves’ lead in half with the Great Danes trailing, 2-1.
The Danes also got singles from Tracy, Nolan Gaige (Columbia), Brian Bullard and Gordon Madej.
Stony Brook (25-33) was led by Johnny Caputo, who was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. The Seawolves advance to play the loser of a game between Maine and Binghamton.
UAlbany starting pitcher Austin Chase (Columbia) graduate, allowed two runs — neither of them earned — in seven innings of work, striking out three and walking none. He allowed six hits.
Stony Brook’s Brandon McNitt threw seven innings, striking out four and walking three while allowing the one unearned UAlbany run.
In Wednesday’s first-round game, Jake Lambert threw a complete-game shutout for No. 2 Binghamton, allowing just two UAlbany hits while striking out six and walking two. The hits came from Madej and Bullard.
The Bearcats (28-22) were led by Shaun McGraw, who was 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. UAlbany committed seven errors.
STONY BROOK 3, UALBANY 1
Stony Brook 010 100 001 — 3 8 1
UAlbany 000 010 000 — 1 7 2
McNitt, Lee (8), Mason (9) and Italiano; Chase, Archbold (8) and Lepre.
BINGHAMTON 9, UALBANY 0
UAlbany 000 000 000 — 0 2 7
Binghamton 011 331 00x — 9 6 0
Graham, Jaurique (4), Ryan (6), DeCelle (8) and Lepre, Harasta.
Siena College senior outfielder Mike Fish, a graduate of of Bethlehem, was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year on Wednesday.
Fish is Siena’s eighth Player of the Year and is the first Saint to earn the honor since Dan Paolino won it in both 2010 and 2011.
Fish led the conference in home runs (12), hits (80), runs scored (54), total bases (134) and slugging percentage (.626). He is also second in both RBI (49) and doubles (16), and is third in batting average (.374).
Siena sophomore Matt Gage of Broadalbin-Perth was named to the all-MAAC first team. He posted a 1.89 earned run average while holding opponents to a .228 batting average.
Ithaca going to NCAAs
Five Capital Region players helped Ithaca College earn a spot in the NCAA Division III World Series, which begins today in Appleton, Wisc. The contingent is made up of Luke Stark (Guilderland), Christian Brown and John Stanley (Columbia), Corey Caswell (Broadalbin-Perth) and Cameron Oathout (Gloversville).
The Bombers, who are making their 12th trip to the Division III World Series, defeated Cortland, 4-2, to win the New York Regional. Caswell went 3-for-4 in that game, and Brown chipped in with a double.
Ithaca scored twice in the second with a two-out rally. Stark worked a two-out walk and scored on a double by Andrew Turner.
Ithaca last qualified for the World Series in 1994 and won national titles in 1980 and 1988.
Fischer solid for Lions
Columbia University had a record-setting season and will be playing in the NCAA Division I tournament after defeating Dartmouth to win the Ivy League championship.
One of the mainstays for the Lions is catcher Mike Fischer, a graduate of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. For the second straight season, the junior was charged with just one error for a .997 fielding percentage while starting all 38 games for the Lions. He also threw out 47.2 percent (17-for-36) of runners who attempted to steal.
The Division I tourament pairings will be announced Monday.
UAlbany’s starting attack of Lyle, Miles and Ty Thompson were named United States Inside Lacrosse Association Division I All-Americans. Lyle was a first-team selection, while Miles and Ty were on the honorable mention list.
Lyle Thompson became UAlb-any’s first first-team pick since Frank Resetarits in 2007.
A Tewaaraton Award finalist, Lyle Thompson had one of the best seasons in NCAA lacrosse history. The sophomore racked up 113 points on 50 goals and 63 assists, which was just two points shy of breaking the national record set by Steve Marahol in 1992. In 17 games, he led the nation in points per game (6.65).
Although he played in just 12 games, Miles Thompson broke three UAlbany single-game records. Against Bryant on March 16, he scored nine goals, which tied him for 13th on the all-time NCAA list. In the regular-season finale against Stony Brook, he came through with the third-best single-game performance in NCAA history with 14 points (five goals, nine assists), which were all UAlbany records.
Ty Thompson was one of the Great Danes’ best finishers. In 18 games, the junior attack scored 54 goals (third in the nation) and averaged 3.00 goals per game (fifth in the nation). With a team-high 134 shots, he had a 4.03 shooting percentage. In a crucial America East Conference game against Maryland Baltimore County, he had the best performance of his career, scoring eight goals.
The trio finished with 259 combined points, the highest total for a starting group in the nation. The next highest was Cornell’s starting attack of Rob Pannell, Steve Mock and Matt Donovan (196).
Danny Martinsen and Matt Sharp of Siena will be playing for the North squad in today’s USILA/Lax World Division I/II North/South Senior All-Star game at Cabrini College.
Martin and Sharp are the sixth and seventh players in Siena history to play in the North/South game, joining Tony Asterino (1981), Brent Herbst (2.10), John Rogener (2011), Duncan Seale (2011) and Bryan Neufeld (2010).
A second-team all-MAAC selection, Martinsen ranked ninth in the conference with 38 points. He finished his career with 167 points, putting him sixth on the all-time scoring list.
Sharp earned the starting pos-ition in goal and didn’t disappoint, He ranked 11th in the nation with 12.69 saves per game, and posted an 8-8 record with a .537 saver percentage.