Club Baseball recently competed in their first contest since 2006. The Dutchmen will be playing exhibition games this spring before joining the National Club Baseball Association’s (NCBA) Division II in the coming fall.
On April 9 the Dutchmen faced off against Clarkson in a doubleheader to kickoff their spring slate. In game one, Kevin Bullock ’19 got the start on the mound and pitched well in his debut.
After holding the Golden Knights scoreless in the top half of the first, Dan Walsh ’19 stepped to the plate with runners on first and second and plated Union’s first run in the form of Josh Dunn ’18 to give the Dutchmen their first run of their new campaign and an early 1-0 lead.
The Dutchmen added a run in the bottom of the second when David Morley ’19 drove in Michael Aldoroty ’19 with an RBI single. Bullock took over from there, striking out the side in the third, and tallying five strikeouts threw the first three frames.
Aldoroty plated Bullock and Walsh with a two-run triple in the bottom of fourth to double the lead to 4-0. Aldoroty proceeded to score on a wild pitch and stretch the lead to five. Bullock finished his outing with five strikeouts over his final two frames, and struck out ten total over six innings of work, surrendering just one hit.
Sam Kupiec ’19 took over for Bullock in the top of the seventh. Kupiec struggled with control, and a pair of walks led to a two-run single followed by a run scored on a wild pitch to cut the Dutchmen lead to a pair.
The freshman settled in however and struck out the side to closeout the 5-3 victory.
Dunn got the nod in game two, and faired well early. After a 1-2-3 top half of the first, Bullock doubled home Neel Gupta ’18 to again give the Dutchmen the first run of the game.
Duncan Mularz ’19 scored on a fielder’s choice in the second to give Union a 2-0 lead before Dunn unraveled in the top half of the third.
Clarkson’s Daniel Wahl and Ian Wetherbee each had two-run base hits, while Lucas LaJuett scored on a wild pitch and Wetherbee came across on a fielder’s choice to cap a six-run inning for the Golden Knights.
The Dutchmen responded in the bottom of the third when Bullock tallied another RBI, plating Eric Lovett ’18 on an RBI single.
The Clarkson lead remained at three until an insurance run extended it to four in the top of the sixth.
Union redeemed one back in the seventh when Matt Carrigan ’19 drove in Mularz on an RBI single, but Clarkson’s Robby Schmitz closed out the game with a pair of strikeouts to give the Golden Knights the 7-4 win.
The Dutchmen are back in action on April 23 when they travel to SUNY-New Paltz for another doubleheader, as they continue to tune-up for the NCBA play in the fall.