Knights baseball downs Kangaroos 5-3
CANTON, N.Y. – Sophomore Greg Jasek (Chittenango, NY) recorded four hits including a pair of double and scored three times to lead the Clarkson University Baseball team by the SUNY Canton Kangaroos 5-3 in non-league action on Wednesday afternoon.
The Golden Knights improve to 13-10 on the season while the Kangaroos drop to 14-15 on the year. Clarkson will travel to take on RIT in a pair of doubleheaders this weekend, with action starting at 1:00 pm on Saturday.The Green and Gold got on the board in the top of the first inning as senior Dan Lenney (Clifton Park, NY) lifted a fly ball to right center that was deep enough to score classmate David Wixted (Ballston Lake, NY) on a sacrifice fly. The Knights would double their lead as senior Kyle Henchey (Rensselaer, NY) singled to right center to score Jasek.
Sophomore Ian Castle (East Greenbush, NY) started on the mound for the Knights, throwing four innings of scoreless ball and allowing only three hits while striking out five. Freshman Jeremy Barber (Plattsburgh, NY) came in to relieve Castle and pitched 1.1 innings, allowing one hit and one earned run to pick up the victory.
Clarkson would extend its lead in the top of the fifth inning as Jasek doubled to left center to score Wixted. He would then steal third and score, as the throw from the catcher would sail into left field. Canton would get on the scoreboard as a wild pitch scored one run and am RBI single would cut the Clarkson lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth. They would add another run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Knights' lead to one, but freshman Dom Pirro (Liverpool, NY) would single in the top of the ninth and an error in left field would plate Jasek with an insurance run.
Wixted and freshman Paul Ludden (Cicero, NY) were the only other Knights with multiple hits as the team outhit the Kangaroos 12-6 on the afternoon.