SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Using pitching in game one and offense in game two, the Clarkson University Baseball team swept the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds 1-0 and 11-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Knights improve to 17-11 on the season with a 12-7 mark in Liberty League play. Skidmore falls to 10-23 overall and 3-17 in league games. The two teams will conclude the regular season tomorrow as Clarkson attempts to lock up a bid in the conference tournament. Game one begins at 12:00 pm.
Sophomore Greg Jasek (Chittenango, NY) tossed seven scoreless innings in game one, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out nine. He received all the run support he would need in the third inning when Anthony Padrazo (Setaucket, NY) got hit with a pitch to lead off the inning and came around to score on Jasek's RBI double with two outs. Skidmore would get two runners on in both the fifth and sixth innings, but Jasek would get a fly out to end the fifth and struck out a pair to strand the runners in the sixth. Junior John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) had the only other hit for the Knights in the game as they were outhit 5-2, but one run was enough to win in game one.
The bats came alive in game two as the Knights batted around in the first inning. Sending 11 batters to the plate, Clarkson scored eight times in the first frame. Senior David Wixted (Ballston Lake, NY) led off the inning with a strikeout, but reached on a passed ball. Back-to-back singles from Coleman and Jasek put Clarkson ahead 1-0, and after a sacrifice bunt from freshman Dom Pirro (Liverpool, NY), a single from junior Matt Jenack (Massena, NY) gave the Knights the 2-0 lead. Juniors Tim Beninati (Schoharie, NY) and Bob Derico (Watervilet, NY) would add RBI singles of their own, and Wixted would rip a three-run homer to left to cap off the eight-run inning.
Senior Pete Roma (Endicott, NY) was just as good on the mound, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning and completely shutting down the Skidmore bats. The Thoroughbreds did not get on base until the top of the fourth inning, when an error was quickly erased with a 6-4-3 double play. Roma picked up his third victory of the season, allowing just two hits and striking out five. Clarkson outhit Skidmore 13-2 in the nightcap.