Friday, May 22, 2009

Danes baseball two wins from NCAAs

The University at Albany baseball team got a great pitching performance from sophomore Dave Kubiak, who struck out a career-high eight in eight innings, to defeat Stony Brook 8-1 on Thursday night in the first game of the America East Tournament in Endicott.

The Great Danes play at 8 p.m. tonight against top-seed Binghamton and The Record's former Playerof the Year Joe Charron (La Salle Institute).

The Schaghticoke native drove in two runs in the first round victory over Vermont.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Siena attendance ranks 72nd

A record total of 127,453 fans attended the Siena men's basketball teams' 17 home games this season placing the Saints 72nd in the nation in home attendance.

It marks just the second time more than 100,000 fans have attended a Siena basketball season.

A program record 7,497 fans per game came through the turnstiles. The previous high came during the 2002-03 season when the Saints averaged 7,362 fans for 17 home dates, including three postseason NIT contests.

In 2007-08, Siena averaged 6,471 fans for its 17 home games, meaning attendance this past season increased approximately 16%.

The 2008-2009 attendance figure was also aided by three MAAC Tournament games. Siena averaged 9,143 fans in its three MAAC Tournament contests highlighted by a crowd of 9,744 for its Championship game win over Niagara and a crowd of 9,674 for its Quarterfinal win over Canisius.

The 2008-2009 Siena average attendance ranked higher than many power conference schools, including: Georgia Tech, Seton Hall, Georgia, Stanford, Mississippi, St. John’s, Southern California and Boston College. The figure was also fourth among all Mid Major programs, trailing only Wichita State (42nd – 10,095), Bradley (9,110 – 55th) and Utah State (8,798 – 59th).

If you include away games, 207,287 fans watched Siena play basketball this season in their 35 games, included two NCAA Tournament contests.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

RPI posts NCAA baseball victory

Despite three errors, the Red Hawks held on to defeat Farmingdale State on Wednesday night.

RPI plays Western New England College tonight at 7 p.m.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

RPI back in NCAA Tournament

Congratulations to coach Karl Steffan and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute baseball team, who received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament on Monday.

The Red Hawks (34-11) fell in the championship round of the Liberty League Tournament to Clarkson on Sunday after a marathon of three games.

RPI is the No. 3 seed in the New York Regional and will play Wednesday night against the host school, Farmingdale State, at 7 p.m.

Here are the other matchups.

No. 1 Cortland (30-12) vs. No. 6 Clarkson (24-20), noon
No. 2 Ithaca (29-8) vs. No. 5 Western New England (29-15), 3:30 p.m.
No. 3 RPI (34-11) vs. No. 4 Farmingdale State (26-13), 7 p.m.

The team leaves for Long Island tomorrow morning, but all of their games will be carried on 91.5 FM WRPI.

(RPI Athletics)

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