Jack Fischer (Wake Forest) received his first start of the summer on Tuesday night and released a giant exhale from the dugout when Andrew Green (East Tennessee State) nailed down the Hawks sixth straight win with a diving catch to strand the tying run at second base in the ninth. Amsterdam used just two pitchers to pick up their eight road win of the year, beating the Wizards 3-2 in the first meeting between the clubs this summer.
Fischer lasted 6.1 innings and bumped his record to 3-0, thanks in large part to Derrick Brewerâ€™s (Radford) seven-out save.
The righty did not face his first jam until the fourth inning when Angel Rosa (Alcorn State) singled, stole second, and advanced to third on a fly-out. An out later, Fischer fielded a high chop over his left shoulder and quickly realized that first baseman Brad Picha (Paris J.C.) had chased the same bounding ball and was unable to cover the bag, he dove toward first and tagged the base with his glove to end the inning and keep the game scoreless. The Demon Deacon allowed just one run, six hits, no walks, and he struck out five.
He faced another dilemma in the fifth and yielded his only run on an Alex Maldanado (Holy Cross) RBI single â€“ the tally was unearned because Jake McGuigann (Harvard) reached on a Matt Mack (Radord) error to begin the frame.
With the Hawks trailing 1-0 in the seventh, Luke Maile (Kentucky) and Mack registered consecutive base-on-balls to start the inning. The runners each advanced on Josh Alexanderâ€™s (Utah) fly-out to right-field and Kody Ortman (Auburn), pinch hitting for Picha, produced a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
Demarcus Henderson (Mississippi State) came up next and lined a sharp single through the right side to score Mack and initiate the first Amsterdam lead of the game.
The Hawks got a crucial insurance run in the visiting half of the eighth on consecutive triples from Jude Vidrine (Lamar) and Parker Morin (Utah) to stake Amsterdam to a 3-1 lead.
Brewer, who relieved Fischer with one out and a one on in the seventh, came back out for the eighth and gave up a lead-off double to Maldanado â€“ his fourth hit of the game. After Pat Talbut (St. Johnâ€™s) stroked a single into center, the lead was sliced in half.
When the bottom of the ninth rolled in and Amsterdam owned a 3-2 lead, Mohawks Head Coach Keith Griffin turned away from his closer Abram Williams (Radford), who has blown two of his last three saves, and handed the ball back to Brewer. The teamâ€™s leader in ERA allowed a one-out double to McGuigann but got Chris Gruarin (Canisius) to fly out to left.
With two outs in the ninth and the tying run on second, Erik Gaylord (Cambell) looped a fly-ball into shallow right that Green snared with a dive to solidify Amsterdamâ€™s 13th win of the season and their sixth in a row.
The Mohawks and Wizards will play in Watertown again tomorrow evening beginning at 7:00.