Albany Takes Series From WKU Baseball with Sunday Shutout

By: Brian Fremund, WKU Athletic Media Relations
By: Brian Fremund, WKU Athletic Media Relations

Bowling Green, Ky. — Casey Walsh and Sean Gregory combined to limit Western Kentucky University to six hits Sunday in leading Albany to a 7-0 non-conference baseball victory over the Hilltoppers at Nick Denes Field.

The Great Danes improved to 5-10 on the season after taking two of three contests from the Hilltoppers (9-13) over the weekend.

Walsh scattered four hits and three walks in 6.0 innings, stranding eight after pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth. Casey Hamilton walked and Scotty Colt followed with a single up the middle to start the frame, and after Walsh recorded a pair of outs Matt Hightower kept the inning alive with a base hit through the right side of the infield. But, the right-hander induced a groundout to end the Hilltoppers’ first threat of the day.

He improved to 2-2 on the year.

Gregory earned his first save of the season after striking out three while surrendering two hits over the final three innings. That included stranding a pair of runners in his first frame after Terrence Dayleg and Hamilton reached on two-out singles.

Al Barbato and Tom Hill had two hit apiece to pace the Great Danes as every UAlbany starter reached base at least once.

While Walsh was holding the Toppers at bay, the Great Danes plated a pair of runs in the second, third and fourth frames off starter Liam Shanahan (0-5). Tom Zink opened the scoring when — after Sean Donovan reached on an infield single to begin the second — he fouled off three two-strike pitches before homering down the left-field line for a 2-0 advantage. Barbato and Leo Corvino started the third with back-to-back doubles to stretch the lead to three, while a pair of WKU errors led to another UAlbany run in the inning.

Mike Konstanty and Barbato both drove in runs in the fourth as the Great Danes knocked Shanahan out of the contest. The right-hander allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits and a walk in 4.1 innings while fanning two.

Colby Beach and Miles Ormon came on and combined to throw 3.2 scoreless innings — the former struck out four of the 11 batters he faced — before Hill capped the scoring with a solo home run to left in the top of the ninth inning.

Hamilton was 2-for-3 to pace the WKU offense.

The Hilltoppers return to action Wednesday at 3 p.m. (CDT) when they visit Belmont in Nashville.

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