By Chris Allen
The Dutchmen baseball team has picked up right where it left off last year, with a current record of 7-4-1. The team had a successful 2013 spring season and hopes to continue its success this spring. The loss of players Tyler Heck, Quinn Rhoda, and Phil Kemp were a major concern going into this season.
However, the team feels that this will not diminish its success: “Losing our senior squad was very difficult for the team, but we feel that we have enough talent in the first-year class and returners to be successful,” said Sam Caruso ’14.
The Dutchmen dispersed these concerns by launching the season off with a strong start. Winning four out of the first five games has given the team confidence going into their spring season. These wins took place in Florida as the team traveled down south during spring break to play in the Russmatt Central Florida Invitational.
The first team the Dutchmen squared off against was the Keene State Owls. Jake Fishman ’17 threw six scoreless innings as the Dutchmen won 5-4. The next four games were doubleheaders versus Hamilton and the University of Chicago. Union split against Hamilton and swept the University of Chicago.
A major highlight of the trip was seeing Dane O’Neil ’14 back on the mound, as he had been battling with an injury. He threw four strong innings and collected his first win of the season.
The last two games did not go in the Dutchmen’s favor when they played against the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
The game against #11 Whitewater had a lot of offense, which concluded in the final score of 26-11. This game certainly had a football score, which shows some concern with pitching for the Dutchmen, but at the same time shows the team is able to give a lot of support to the pitchers.
Vince Esposito ’14 was able to get his first home run of the season, in addition to completing a strong triple play for the squad.
The game against Oshkosh also displayed a pitching concern as the team lost 13-5. Even with the loss, there were some reassuring signs as Jeff Grasso ’16 hit a two run home run. Esposito notched another RBI and Chris Pignatello ’15 struck out four in two innings of relief pitching.
The Dutchmen returned back to Schenectady ready for its first league game versus Bard.
In the first game, first-year star of the game Jake Fishman had a no-hitter as the Dutchmen won 2-0. Fishman had seven strikeouts in the seven innings pitched.
The offense came from Kent Curran ’17, as he had two RBI’s on a single in the third. The Dutchmen had one more game versus Bard that ended early due to the weather. The game ended in a 3-3 tie, and the rest of the games will be made up on a later date.
The most recent news for the Dutchmen was their three games against St. Lawrence.
Jake Fishman continued his winning ways as the Dutchmen won 2-1 in the first game and 7-1 in the second game. Fishman threw the first game while O’Neil pitched the second game. The best part of the wins was the fact that the offense came from everyone, including freshman and senior leaders like captain Dave Peretti ’14.
Over the 16 innings played, the Dutchmen went 17-57 (.298). The last game didn’t go well for the Dutchmen, as they lost 7-1. Make sure to come out and support your fellow Dutchmen!