Albany, NY - Nick Kozlowski allowed four hits and two runs over five innings to notch his first career victory and Kenny Jackson, Danny Poma and Austin Nyman each had three hits to lead the Pride to a 10-3 win over Albany Wednesday evening.
The win, Hofstra's third straight, improves the Pride's record to 29-18. Albany falls to 16-29-1. The victory was also Hofstra's second over the Great Danes this season following a 12-4 win at home on April 4.
The Pride struck for four runs in the top of the first as Dalton Rouleau led off with a single and moved to second on a base hit by Poma. Matt Ford then singled in the first run and sent Poma to third. Poma then came in on an attempted double steal that saw Ford get caught at second for the first out of the inning. After Albany got a second out, doubled, Kevin Flynn walked and Bryan Verbitsky drove in both runners with a double of his own to make it 4-0.
Hofstra added another run in the second as Rouleau and Poma singled. Following a pickoff of Poma, Rouleau stole third and scored on a throwing error for a 5-0 lead.
Albany got two runs back in the third as Mike Tirri had an RBI double and Josh Nethaway added an RBI single. But Hofstra scored single runs in the seventh and eighth, and then three in the ninth to put the game away. Poma scored on a wild pitch in the seventh and then had a sacrifice fly in the eighth. The Pride would score two runs in the ninth on wild pitches, while Nyman had an RBI single.
Brian Bullard had an RBI single in the ninth to account for the final Albany run.
Jackson was 3-for-4 with two runs, while Poma and Nyman were
3-for-5 with an RBI each. Rouleau also had two hits and two runs. Kozlowski, who was making his second career start, is now 1-0 on the year.
Joey Moore took the loss for the Great Danes, allowing seven hits and five runs in an inning and a third.
Hofstra returns to action this weekend in a Colonial Athletic Association series at Towson.