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Saturday, July 08, 2017
Wilson Sparks Dramatic Comeback at Saugerties

By Jon Sargalis

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The Mohawks won another dramatic game on Saturday at Saugerties as Liam Wilson hit a 2-run home run with 2 outs in the ninth. The eighth ranked Mohawks won 5-4 and have now won 15 of their last 16 games.   

The Mohawks struck first as Liam Wilson (Canisius) hit a double in the first inning that scored Eric Rivera (Florida Atlantic).

Each team scored a run in the fifth as the Mohawks took a 2-1 lead. Julian Gallup (Niagara) scored on a passed ball for the Mohawks and Sam Russo (Butler) doubled, scoring Matt Forlow (Manhattan) for the Stallions.

The Mohawks increased the lead to 3-1 in the seventh as John Valente (St. John’s) and Jake Mueller (Wake Forest) attempted a double steal. Both runners moved up successfully and the throw from the catcher went into the outfield allowing Valente to score.

The Stallions came back in the seventh and scored 3 runs off reliver Elliott Anderson (Auburn) to take a 4-3 lead. Matt Furlow, Sam Russo and Nick Campana hit consecutive doubles to score 2 runs and Matt Feinstein (Dartmouth) hit a sac-fly scoring Campana.

The score stayed at 4-3 into the ninth. With 2 outs and the bases empty, Eric Rivera stepped in and reached on a base hit. Liam Wilson followed and crushed a home run giving the Mohawks a 5-4 lead.

Nick Bird (UAlbany) picked up his second win as he pitched a scoreless eighth inning and struck out the side. Morgan McSweeney (Wake Forest) started for the Mohawks and went the first 4.1 innings. McSweeney allowed 1 run on 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4. Holden White (Wake Forest) earned his first save as he recorded the final 2 outs with the tying run on second. Matthew Pushard (Maine) suffered his first loss of the season for the Stallions.

Liam Wilson was the Mohawks catalyst with 3 RBI and a 3-hit night that was a triple shy of the cycle. Wilson hit his 10th double of the year in the first and clubbed his 6th home run in the ninth. For the Stallions, it was the nine hitter, Sam Russo leading the way. Russo hit 2 doubles and drove in 2 runs.

With the win, the Mohawks improve to 23-7 and have won their last 5 games in a row. The loss dropped the Stallions back to .500 with a 14-14 record on the season. The Mohawks are back on the road tomorrow for a 3:05 game against the Adirondack Trail Blazers before returning home on Monday. The Stallions travel to Albany and play the Dutchmen at 5:05.


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