ALBANY The Albany Dutchmen began their Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League season with a 2-1 victory over the Elmira Pioneers Wednesday night at Bob Bellizzi Field.
A bases-loaded walk to Ryan Gasporra in the bottom of the ninth inning drove in the Dutchmen's winning run. Up to that point, Albany (1-0) had left nine runners on base including six in scoring position.
Albany took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Latham native Zach Remillard beat out an infield single and eventually scored on Nick Chapman's single.
Elmira (0-1) got the run back in the top of the fourth inning. Tyler McIntyre doubled and scored on James Pjura's triple to tie the score at 1.
That was the lone run Albany starting pitcher Austin Chase allowed. The University at Albany hurler scattered four hits and struck out five over six innings of work. Steve Basile and Trevor Lacoss pitched the final three innings of scoreless ball for the Dutchmen, with Lacoss picking up the victory in relief.
Albany returns to action Thursday when it visits Amsterdam.