Dutchmen Turn to Local Arms to Add Pitching Talent

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Continuing with tradition, the Dutchmen searched for local high school alumni and nearby collegiate players to help fill out their 2012 roster. What they came away with was a talented foursome of local arms, to join with returner Austin Chase, in representing the Capital District.

The most experienced of the group is also Chase's teammate at SUNY Albany, Brian Gauthier Jr. (Ghent, NY). The 5'10" right-hander has been a fixture in the Danes bullpen since making fifteen appearances as a true freshman. After striking out sixteen batters in twenty-one innings as a sophomore, Gauthier proved that he found a home at the end of games. Now in his junior year, he brings a calming presence and a fastball that touches the low 90s to the Dutchmen bullpen.

James Murray (Jamesville, NY) is another local arm with experience at the back end of a bullpen. The Bishop Ludden graduate was an All-Central Area New York honoree in high school and immediately earned a spot in the Siena Saints bullpen. A 5'10" right-hander, Murray has an upper 80s fastball and devastating breaking ball that has helped him through 21.2 innings so far this year. He's notched 19 strikeouts and is allowing opponents to hit only .286.

Another hometown native coming off a successful freshman campaign is Iona right-hander, Steve Basile (Watervliet, NY). The Christian Brothers Academy graduate started the year in the bullpen for the Gaels before pitching his way into mid-week starts. He's thrown 31 innings, holding opponents to a .290 batting average and striking out 19 batters. With experience both in the rotation and bullpen, he brings much needed versatility to the Dutchmen staff.

Rounding out the local talent is Virginia Tech left-hander, Matt Snyder (Albany, NY), who will be another Dutchmen coming off a red-shirt year. A talented, power arm, the Colonie Central graduate was named First-Team Suburban Council All-Star and a Perfect Game First-Team North-East All-Region honoree after his high school career. He should be well-rested after practicing all year with the 30+ win Hokies and ready to come back to Albany firing.

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