Clarkson baseball swept by nationally ranked Oswego
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 8:09 am

Although both games were extremely close, the Clarkson University Baseball team was swept in a doubleheader by national ranked Oswego State on Tuesday afternoon in Oswego.

Clarkson is now 12-13 on the season. Oswego, ranked fourteenth in the country, is now 21-7.

In the first game, Clarkson took the lead twice in the early going, but three runs in the bottom of the sixth helped Oswego pull away for an 8-4 win.

In the first inning, it took only four batters for Clarkson to take a 2-0 lead. Chris Miller worked a full count walk to give Clarkson a base runner with one out. Dom Pirro then doubled into left center to score Miller. Joe Fraser followed with a single with Pirro chugging around to score.

Oswego came right back in the bottom of the first as John Barnes' triple scored Eric Hamilton and Barnes himself scored on a Mike Dellicarri groundout. But Clarkson regained the lead with two more runs in the top of the second. Ernesto Ruiz-Sierra walked with one out and Nate Burns moved his classmate up with a single to right field. The first-year players moved up to second and third on a wild pitch. Brad Pearson got an RBI when his single scored Ruiz-Sierra and Burns came home on a Miller single.

Oswego chipped away at Clarkson's lead though as Robert Donnelly's RBI single in the second and Dellicarri's second RBI in the third tied the game at four. The Lakers took the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Eli Holton hit a home run to left field.

The game stayed tight at 5-4 until the bottom of the sixth. A walk and a single in the first three batters put Oswego runners on the corners with one out. After an Oswego popout, Kyle Simmons delivered a knockout blow as his double to left field scored two runs. Simmons added to Oswego's lead as he came around to score on a Clarkson wild pitch. Pirro led off the top of the seventh with a double, but Clarkson's next three batters went down in order to finish the game.

In the second game, Clarkson had the tying run on second base in the bottom of the seventh inning, but could not bring him around to score as the Golden Knights fell 2-1.

After neither team could score for the first three and a half innings, Oswego took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Eric Hamilton started the rally with a one-out single up the middle and then Barnes singled to move Hamilton to third. Barnes moved up to second base when Clarkson tried to throw Hamilton out at third base. A Dellicarri single scored Hamilton, but Dellicarri was erased from the basepaths when Ben Knauf threw him out trying to stretch his hit into a double. Unfortunately for Clarkson, Holton slammed a two-out double to score Barnes and double Oswego's lead.

That was the only scoring until the top of the seventh inning. Fraser gave Clarkson life when he singled to right field. Nolan Duda pinch ran for Fraser and advanced to second on a wild pitch after a Clarkson strikeout. Knauf finally got Clarkson on the scoreboard when his single to right field scored Duda. After another Clarkson strikeout, Zach Riccardi kept the rally alive with a pinch hit to right field to move Knauf to second base. That was all though for the Gren and Gold as a groundout ended the rally and the game.

Ted Wilson and Ryan Riley split the first game on the mound. Wilson threw the first three innings and allowed four runs on six hits with one strikeout. Riley pitched the final three innings and gave up four runs on four hits and two walks. Riley also had two strikeouts. In the second game, Mark Connor got the start and he allowed two runs on four hits in three and two thirds innings to register the loss. Burns and Pirro combined for the final two and one third innings, as Burns allowed the only Oswego hit in that span.

Fraser had a pair of hits in each game, the only Clarkson hitter with multiple hits in the second game. Pearson and Pirro had two hits in the first game, while Cam Bando had a hit in each of the games.

Clarkson will return to Liberty League play this weekend with a doubleheader against St. Lawrence. Each team will play host to a doubleheader with the series starting in Canton on Saturday and finishing in Potsdam on Sunday.