Jump to content



UAlbany Athletics- America East-
SOCIAL MEDIA: UAlbany Facebook- UAlbany Instagram- UAlbany Twitter- UAlbany Blog-
MEDIA: Albany Student Press- America East TV- ESPN3- Schenectady Gazette- The Team 104.5 ESPN Radio- The Team 104.5 ESPN Radio Archive interviews- Times Union College Sports- Times Union Sports- WCDB- WOFX 980-
FALL SPORTS LINKS: CAA Football-
WINTER SPORTS LINKS: College Insider- Pomeroy Ratings- Real TimeRPI-
SPRING SPORTS LINKS: Inside Lacrosse- Lax Power Backup Stick-
OTHER FORUMS: America East Forum- Any Given Saturday Forum- Championship Subdivision forum(1-AA Discussion) The Hen House - Siena Forum- Stony Brook Forum- Vermont Forum
Sign in to follow this  
Dane Pound

Great Danes Win America East Conference Baseball Championship

Recommended Posts

Great Danes Win America East Conference Baseball Championship

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Release: 05/26/2007

 

Courtesy: UAlbany Athletics

 

 

 

Farmingdale, N.Y. – Alexander Beaulieu recorded his tenth save of the season by striking out two batters in the ninth inning, as UAlbany captured its first-ever America East Conference championship with a 1-0 victory over Binghamton on Saturday afternoon at Farmingdale Park. The Great Danes earned an automatic NCAA Tournament berth.

 

Beaulieu, a junior closer, was called upon after Binghamton’s Joe Charron tripled into the right-field gap with one out off reliever Sean Gregory. The right-hander struck out Pat Haughie swinging with a fastball before walking Henry Dunn. Beaulieu then sealed the verdict when he caught lead-off hitter Justin Smucker looking with a slider on the third strike to end the game.

 

UAlbany starter Cory Warrings, who had won two of his last four regular-season starts, went 6.1 innings on the mound. He allowed three hits and struck out two to earn the championship’s most outstanding player award. Warrings, a 6-foot-4 left-hander, allowed Matt Simek’s one-out double in the sixth, but then stranded him by recording a pop out to second and ground out to third.

 

UAlbany (29-27) scored the game’s lone run in the fifth when Leo Corvino walked with two outs and then moved to second base on a wild pitch. Steve Wyland, a member of the all-championship team, followed with a RBI single to center field. Sean Gregory, who relieved Warrings in the seventh, worked out of trouble twice. Charron walked and advance to second via a sacrifice bunt, before Gregory retired both hitters he faced in the inning. Simek, who went 2-for-3 at the plate, doubled down the right-field line with two outs in the eighth. But Gregory forced Jeff Monaco to ground out to the shortstop.

 

“This was a hard-earned win,” said UAlbany coach Jon Mueller, whose team recovered from a four-game sweep by Binghamton in April to make the America East postseason on the last weekend of the regular season. “Our seniors never gave up after that first conference series. (Cory) Warrings got in a comfort zone and kept his pitch count down. He got us to the best bullpen we’ve had since I’ve been here. I am going to take a deep breath and enjoy this magical ride.”

 

Jeff Dennis pitched six solid innings for the Bearcats, who dropped an 8-7 decision in the second round to UAlbany following a five-run ninth. Dennis gave up three hits, struck out eight and walked six in this pitcher’s duel that produced the first 1-0 result in conference tournament history. Reliever Greg Lane was even more effective as he threw three hitless innings.

 

“It feels great that I came through for the team,” offered Wyland, whose bases-clearing double was the key hit in the previous night’s two-out, ninth-inning rally. “Our pitching was unbelievable today. We knew they had to play that early game, so I think we had more energy and were a little fresher (for the championship). We played with the experience of having been in the tournament before. No one was nervous.”

 

Binghamton (28-19), the championship’s top seed after winning the regular-season title, reached the America East final earlier in the day by defeating Maine, 13-4, in an elimination game. Brendon Hitchcock, the conference’s player of the year, had three hits, including a solo homer in the first, and drove in four runs.

 

-agate-

 

America East Conference – Championship

 

UAlbany (29-27) 000 010 000 - 1 3 1

 

Binghamton (28-19) 000 000 000 - 0 6 2

 

Cory Warrings, Sean Gregory (7), Alexander Beaulieu (9) and Tom Hill.

 

Jeff Dennis, Greg Lane (7) and Pat Haughie.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×