Potsdam, NY - Senior Bryan Chudy (Goshen, NY) allowed just four hits over seven innings for his first complete-game victory of the season as the Clarkson University Baseball earned yet another Liberty League doubleheader split, besting RIT in the opener 2-1 before falling in the second contest 5-3 Sunday afternoon at Jack Phillips Stadium at Snell Field.
The Golden Knights moved to 8-10 overall and 5-5 in the Liberty League, while the Tigers remained a game over .500 overall at 7-6 and moved to 2-4 in conference contests.
In the opener the Knights began the contest by loading the bases without the benefit of a hit with David Wixted (Ballston Lake, NY) leading things off when he was hit by a pitch on the second offering of the game. He promptly stole second and third bases, but didn't come around to score until the fifth hitter of the game, Matt Jenack (Massena, NY) hit a liner to right field for a sacrifice fly. Clarkson tacked on another run in the third inning when John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) laced a liner back at the pitcher with two outs in the frame. He stole second and raced around to score on a Greg Jasek (Chittenango, NY) single through the right side, giving the Knights a 2-0 advantage.
Those two runs were all that Clarkson would need as Chudy delivered another solid outing, allowing only a soft single in the first inning until the sixth. A one-out hit by pitch started RIT's rally in the top of that inning and another tapper ended up loading the bases, allowing Brian Brazee to hit a sacrifice fly to center to score pinch-hitter Tyler Ramotar. In the seventh, the Tigers got a lead off single, but two groundouts and a strikeout ended the game as Chudy finished with a four-hitter with five strikeouts.
In the second game, the Tigers often were able to get out of trouble thanks to turning three double plays in the game, none more important than in the first inning. With the bases loaded in the middle of the order up, Skip Flanagan picked up a hot groundball by Dan Lenney (Clifton Park, NY) and came home for the force before trotting back to second to finish off the double play and end the threat. The Tigers used that momentum to their advantage by plating a pair of unearned runs in the second with a two-out grounder being mishandled and allowing the runs to come around. The score would remain 2-0 in favor of RIT until the fifth when Clarkson was able to begin a two-out rally with a Kyle Henchey (Rensselaer, NY) walk. Following a single from Wixted which put runners on first and third, Henchey scored on a wild pitch and John Coleman followed with a single to right to score Wixted, who had advanced to second on the wild pitch. The Knights then added an unearned run of their own in the top of the sixth as Matt Jenack began the inning with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Bobby Derico (Watervliet, NY) then plated Jenack with a liner to right to give Clarkson a 3-2 lead.
However, RIT would score three in the bottom of the seventh inning as Ronnie Canestro drove in two with a two-out double to right-center and then came around himself on a Skip Flanagan single to left. Clarkson went down quietly in the final two innings with six straight batters retired.
The Knights struck for 10 hits in game two, led by John Coleman's 3-for-4 effort. Both Wixted and Jenack also had two hits in the contest for Clarkson. For the Tigers, the top three hitters in the lineup combined for five of the team's eight hits, including two by Jaren Bell and two more by Flanagan.