ALBANY Strong starting pitching has moved Albany back to the .500 mark in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.
Two nights after Andrew Furber pitched seven solid innings in a 6-1 victory over Cooperstown, David Stagg scattered seven hits over eight innings and struck out nine to lead the Dutchmen to a 4-1 win against Glens Falls Sunday at Bob Bellizzi Field.
"They've been throwing it really well," Albany manager Nick Davey said of his starting rotation. "We've gotten our pitchers here early the last couple of days because we expected more out of them. Our hitting has come around, and the back of our bullpen has been strong. We needed our starters to come around."
Stagg worked in and out of trouble all afternoon against Glens Falls (15-13). The Golden Eagles had at least one runner reach second base in six of the eight innings Stagg worked, but the Iowa native kept his cool.
"The curve ball was good (today)," said Stagg. "I was just trying to spot it and let them put it in play so our defense could make the plays."
"He really gave us a great effort," said Davey. "We've been talking lately about getting the leadoff hitter out every inning, and he did a good job of that."
The one player who got to Stagg was Casey Rodrigue. The Glens Falls outfielder had three hits, including a one-out triple in the top of the fifth inning that set up the Golden Eagles' lone run. Second baseman Ross Kivett drove in Rodrigue with a two-out single.
Albany (13-13) responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Shortstop Jared Martin led off with a single and reached second on a passed ball. Outfielder Nick Chapman followed with a single to drive in Martin to tie the score at 1.