The Amsterdam Mohawks made their second trip to Albany this summer and edged the Dutchmen 5-4 on Sunday night at Bob Bellizzi Field.
Brett Houseal (Marist) got his first start of the season and lasted 4.2 innings allowing three runs (one earned) on eight hits. Houseal allowed single runs in each of the first three frames, however, the latter two were unearned resulting from a Caleb Bryson (Middle Georgia JC) error in the second and a Josh Netheway (Albany) error in the third.
With a flurry of hits the Mohawks drew even in the visiting half of the third. Josh Alexander (Utah), Matt Mack (Radford), and Jack Fischer (Wake Forest) registered three consecutive singles to load the bases with no one out. As the lineup turned over, Jude Vidrine (Lamar) singled in a run and Demarcus Henderson (Mississippi State) drove in a run with a groundout to tie the game at two, the Dutchmen quickly regained the lead when they scored on the Netheway error in the ensuing half inning.
Derrick Brewer (Radford) relieved Houseal with runners on the corners and two outs in the fifth, quickly getting an inning ending groundout and beginning brilliant stretch of 2.1 innings pitched over which he did not allow a run and yielded only a single hit.
Albany remained in front 3-2 until the top of the seventh when Amsterdam pushed across three runs. Alexander led off with a double – his third hit of the game – followed by a Mack RBI single that tied the game. Fischer then dropped down a sacrifice bunt advancing Mack to second. Vidrine was next up and when he took ball four in the dirt, the ball got past the catcher Ryan Welke (NW FSU), as Mack tried to advance to third on the wild pitch the throw from the catcher skipped errantly into left field allowing Mack to score the go-ahead run. Andrew Green (East Tennessee State) then singled in an additional run and put the Hawks in front 5-3.
Taylor Stark (Mississippi State) came on to work the eighth and gave up a leadoff double to Garren Palmer (Southern Georgia) followed by a Taylor Drake (McNeese State) run-scoring single that cut the lead to 5-4. After a strikeout, a wild pitch, and a walk, Stark was lifted in favor of Abram Williams (Radford) who struck out Anthony Turgeon (Central Connecticut State) to end the threat.
Williams stayed on to work the bottom of the ninth and allowed single and a walk before wiggling out of a first and third jam to nail down the four-out save.
Brett Gallihugh is charged with his second loss (0-1) and Abram Williams picked up his third save to help Derrick Brewer snatch the win in relief (1-0).
The win halts an Amsterdam four-game losing streak and when the Mohawks grabbed the lead in the top of the seventh, it was the first time they played from ahead since last Sunday’s 7-1 win over the DiamondDawgs. The Mohawks move to 5-7 and the Dutchmen slide to 5-5. The Hawks are in action again on Monday evening at Cooperstown at 5:00. Hear all the action on amsterdammohawks.com by clicking on the blue and white TEAMLINE link on the right side of the homepage.