The game was a battle of bullpens as Albany used nine pitchers and Hofstra used six. The Great Danes scored three times in the first inning, but Hofstra came right back and scored four times in the bottom of the inning to chase Albany starter Ryan White after 2/3 of an inning. Hofstra starter Everett Keller didn't fare much better as he faced two batters in the second, hitting one and walking one, before he was relieved by Brett Schreiber .
The Pride trailed 6-4 after the second inning, but began to chip away at the lead in the third. T.J. Thomas drew a one-out walk and stole second. After Bobby Gazzola was hit by a pitch, Logan Davis singled to center to make it a 6-5 game. Hofstra drew even in the fourth off of the fifth Albany pitcher, Trevor Wilson, as Danny Poma walked and Wilson's pickoff attempt was errant, allowing Poma to round the bases with the tying run.
Hofstra went ahead for good in the fifth as Thomas led off with a double to the gap in centerfield and went to third on an infield out. Gazzola then singled to left to plate Thomas with the go-ahead run. The Pride tacked on a run in the sixth as Dylan Nasiatka reached on an error, advancing to second on the play. After Poma, Hofstra's leading hitter, dropped a sacrifice bunt, Verbitsky singled to left for an 8-6 Hofstra advantage.
The Great Danes pulled within one in the seventh off of Hofstra's fourth pitcher, Joe Burg . Albany started the inning with four straight singles with Greg Muller's hit scoring Brian Bullard. But the Great Danes could not push another run across, leaving the bases loaded as Jeff Guthridge came on to escape the jam by inducing a fielder's choice on a squeeze attempt and striking out Rob Cervini to end the frame.
Hofstra tacked on two runs in the eighth as Kenny Jackson delivered a two-run single up the middle for a 10-7 Hofstra lead. Verbitsky walked two batters in the ninth, but he struck out Nolan Gaige to end the game.
Thomas finished the day 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Davis and Nasiatka also had two hits apiece for the Pride with Davis knocking in two runs. Gazzola and Jackson also finished the day with two RBIs.
Andrew Barbarino (1-0) earned the win in relief, pitching 1 2/3 of hitless baseball with one strikeout. Pat O'Connell (0-1) took the loss for Albany, allowing three hits and one run in his inning of work.
Nolan had two hits, two runs and an RBI for Albany. Kyle Crean, Pete DiResta and D.J. Hoagboon also had two hits and an RBI each.
Hofstra hits the road this weekend, traveling to Boston for a three-game CAA series against Northeastern. Friday's first game is scheduled for 3 p.m.