Brewers split twin bill with Dutchmen

The Utica Brewers fell by final scores of 4-1 and 9-7 to the visiting Albany Dutchmen in a Tuesday evening doubleheader at Murnane Field.

Game 1

The Albany Dutchmen brought home runs in the second, third and fourth innings, while keeping the Brewer bats nearly silent in a 4-1 game one victory. The visitors opened the scoring in the second inning on an RBI single by Chris Bianchi (Trinity), before picking up two more in the third on an RBI double by Brad Noland (N. Alabama) and a wild pitch by Utica pitcher Monte Reese (Georgia Gwinett). The Dutchmen also added an insurance run in the fourth en route to the 4-1 victory.

Meanwhile, the Utica batting order could not generate any sustained offense. Sean Spicer (Baylor) tossed a complete-game three hitter for the Dutchmen, striking out seven in the process. Utica scored its only run on a groundout by Matt Hendricks (Rollins) that scored Michael Pierson(Appalachian State).

Pierson led the way for Utica, picking up two of the three Brewer hits in the seven-inning game. 

Game 2

The Utica Brewers took a 4-0 lead, but couldn't overcome several offensive outbursts by the Dutchemen en route to a 9-7 defeat in game two. Utica took the lead in the opening frame as the first four Brewers to reach base were brought home.

Albany came back with three runs in the top of the second, before tying the game in the fourth when Noland hit into a groundout on an attempted double play, scoring lead runner Lukas Nethaway(St. Rose) in the process.

After Albany took a 7-4 lead in the top of the fifth, the Brewers answered with three runs of their own. Albany pitchers Matt Gallup (HVCC) and Joe Portukalian (URI) walked the bases loaded before Portukalian hit Spencer Mumford (South Florida State) with a pitch to bring home the first run of the inning. The remaining runs scored on consecutive fielder's choices by Joseph Gallub (Concordia) and Dylan Calhoun(Arkansas-Pine Bluff).

Aided by a two run seventh inning, winning pitcher Tom Belcher (Indiana) was able to seal the victory for Albany as they polished off a sweep of the Utica Brewers, 9-7. Pierson once again led the way for the Brewers, going 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

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