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Area colleges: Danes open against Bearcats in AE baseball tournament

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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The University at Albany baseball team will be trying to win its first America East Conference tournament title since 2007 this week.

The third-seeded Great Danes (23-23-1, 16-4 AE) will take on No. 2 Binghamton in the opening round of the four-team, double-elimination tournament at 8 tonight at LeLacheur Field in Lowell, Mass.

The Great Danes are hoping that history repeats itself. The only other time it won the championship, UAlbany was also seeded third.

Senior Kasceim Graham is expected to get the start for the Danes tonight. Graham, a native of Brooklyn, ranks third all-time with 258.3 innings pitched. During his career, he’s made 50 appearances, and has recorded 152 strikeouts. This year, he posted a 7-4 record with a 3.39 earned run average.

UAlbany finished second in the league with a collective .278 batting average, led by junior Josh Neth­away (.324), senior Nolan Gaige (.315) and senior Greg Muller (.311).

With two hits against Manhattan on April 24, Gaige became the Great Danes’ all-time leader in hits, with his record number now sitting at 247. Gaige is also the program leader in triples (17), ranks second in runs scored (163) and is tied for sixth in doubles (35).

The Bearcats (27-22, 16-13 AE) won two of three games with the Great Danes during the regular season. The Bearcats boast the best fielding percentage (.974) in the league and the pitching staff has a 3,85 ERA, which was second in the league. Sophomore Jake Thomas led the league in batting average with a .374 mark.

Christine invited

Union College senior midfielder Kyle Christine has been selected to compete with the North team in the North-South Senior Division III all-star game, which will be played at Cabrini College on Friday.

Union’s top defensive midfielder, Christine had 20 ground balls and five caused turnovers to go with a goal and three assists in 15 games. He was a second-team all-Liberty League selection.

The Skaneateles native was a four-year starter for the Dutchmen, scoring 10 goals and two assists in 66 games, and added 122 career ground balls.

Jones second

SUNY-Brockport senior Nicole Jones, a graduate of Galway high School, finished second in the shot put at last weekend’s ECAC champ­ionships.

Jones got off her best throw — 43-9 — on her first throw of the day.

She also placed fourth in the hammeer with a heave of 163-9, which also came on her first throw.

Prior to the ECACs, Jones won the shot put competition at the SUNYAC championships, and also placed second in both the discus and hammer.

Kozak honored

Hudson Valley Community College outfielder Andy Kozak earned a spot on the Region III Division III first team, and was also named the Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year after leading the nation in hitting with a .537 average during the regular season.

Also representing the Vikings on the all-region first team was pitcher Charles Parslow (Fonda-Fultonville), who had a 6-0 record during the regular season.

Schenectady County Com­munity College infielder Chris Kalica of Colonie also earned a spot on the first team.

Family affair

One of the recruits that new Siena men’s soccer coach Cesar Markovic is bringing to Loudonville is his son, Danilo,

Danilo Markovic is a 6-foot-3 center back who is rated as a four-star recruit by Top Drawer Soccer. Markovic played in high school for Archbishop Molloy, and was a two-year starter, playing for his father, on BW Gottschee of the USSDA. Described as dominant in the air and strong on the tackle with great vision and precision up the field, Markovic also played for the New York Cosmos and trained in 2011 with Independiente and Norte America in Ecuador.

Also in the recruiting class is Guilderland High School grad­uate James Mesiti, a 5-9 outside midfielder who played his club soccer for NY Elite FC.

 
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