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Niagara baseball closes out non-conference play with victory over UAlbany

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- The Purple Eagles baseball closed out non-conference play with a 7-5 victory over the University at Albany Wednesday.

Game Summary
Final Score: Niagara 7, Albany 5
Game Leaders: Owen Dziados (2H, 2 RBIs), Wyatt Olson (1H, 2 RBIs)
Records: Niagara (19-24), Albany (18-22)
Location: Bobo Field – Niagara University, N.Y.

Game Recap
  • In the bottom of the second, an RBI single from Dziados put the Purple Eagles on the board. Olson cranked a two-run homer out of the park and an RBI single from Michael Gabriele gave NU a 4-0 lead over the Great Danes at the end of the inning.
  • Albany scored three times in the top of the third and trailed Niagara by only one run, 4-3.
  • In the bottom of the fifth frame, Julian Gallup went yard, hitting his fourth homerun of the season, to put Niagara up 5-3.
  • The Great Danes picked up momentum on offense in the top of the sixth and came back to tie the score, 5-5, but the Purple Eagles were undaunted. In the bottom of the eighth, a ground-rule double from Dziados plated Greg CullenTrevor McCauley reached base and Darian Blanks beat the tag at home plate to give NU the 7-5 lead.
  • A diving catch in center field from Gallup locked up the third out in the top of the ninth and secured the victory for the Purple Eagles.

Inside the Numbers
  • Dziados led Niagara with two hits.
  • Dziados and Olson each had a team-best two RBIs.
  • Cullen led the team in stolen bases with two.
  • Dylan Hillabush (1-0) picked up his first collegiate win on the mound and Jackson Jones earned his first career save.

Up Next
  • The Purple Eagles host Rider for a three-game series May 12-13. The teams will play a single game on Saturday, May 12 at 4:00 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, May 13 starting at 12:00 p.m. Niagara's graduating senior class will be honored prior to the start of Sunday's game.