Golden Eagles deal blow to Dutchmen's playoff hopes

Glens Falls beats Albany in extra innings

— Smith settled down after Glens Falls' three-run second inning. The Morehead State right-hander scattered four hits over the next four innings to keep the Golden Eagles off the scoreboard.

Albany's offense was stuck in neutral until the bottom of the sixth inning. Jon Mestas reached base when he was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame. Mestas then moved to third on Mike Triller's single and scored on Adam Young's single.

The Dutchmen had an opportunity to do more damage in the sixth. A walk to Andrew Pezzuto loaded the bases with no outs, but Glens Falls starting pitcher Ryan Peterson escaped the jam by striking out Will Remillard and inducing Ryan Gasporra and Jared Martin into hitting pop foul balls.

That theme continued into the bottom of the seventh inning. Greg Pezzuto walked, and Mestas was hit by another pitch to put runners on first and second with one out. Jordan Keysor entered to relieve Peterson on the mound and got Triller to ground out to first base, which advanced Pezzuto and Mestas. Young walked to load the bases, but Andrew Pezzuto grounded out to end the threat.

Albany pushed across two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Remillard walked, reached second on a passed ball and advanced to third on Gasporra's ground out before scoring on a fielder's choice to get the Dutchmen within a run. Then, singles by Ben Douglas and Greg Pezzuto chased Keysor. Mestas greeted reliever Ryan Skoubo with a single to left-center field that drove in pinch runner Cody Ellis with the tying run, but Skoubo struck out Triller to end the eighth with a 3-3 tie.

Consecutive one-out, ninth-inning walks to Andrew Pezzuto, Will Remillard and Gasporra gave Albany its third bases-loaded opportunity. But reliever Brandon Matthews struck out Martin and pinch hitter Zach Remillard to keep the score tied at 3-3.

Glens Falls started the 10th inning with back-to-back singles from Mike Vigliarolo and Casey Rodrigue. Meyers laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners, and Vigliarolo beat out Greg Pezzulo's throw home on Putnam's fly out to left field to give the Golden Eagles their margin of victory.

Albany will try to keep its slim playoff hopes alive Monday when it travels to first-place Amsterdam.

"We can still do something," said Davey. "We have to go up there (to Amsterdam) and win that game."

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