Anthony Padrazo (Setaucket, NY) delivered a two-out, two-run single in the eighth and Jarrod Mattingly (Philadelphia, NY) came within an out of pitching a complete-game shutout as the Clarkson University Baseball team concluded its 2014 Florida schedule with a 5-1 victory over Hope College Tuesday afternoon at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex.
The Golden Knights saw their record evened at 4-4 on the season while Hope College fell to 1-5.
Mattingly and Hope senior Phil Haywood traded zeroes for the first three frames before Clarkson broke through with a run in the top of the fourth inning. Greg Jasek (Chittenango, NY) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and after a fly out Dom Pirro (Liverpool, NY) hit a shot to the left-center gap to put the Knights up 1-0. In the following inning, Padrazo was hit by a pitch and moved around the bases on a single from Dan Lenney (Clifton Park, NY) and a a sacrifice bunt by John Coleman (Potsdam, NY). At third base, Padrazo was able to jog home on a sacrifice fly to right-center from Jasek.
The game remained 2-0 until the eighth when Clarkson began to get to the Dutchmen's bullpen. With the bases loaded and one out, Padrazo hit a single up the middle to score Nolan Driscoll (Troy, NY) and Matt Jenack (Massena, NY). In the top of the ninth, John Coleman hit a 2-0 pitch to deep right field for his first home run of the season, giving the Knights a 5-0 lead.
Jarrod Mattingly pitched well throughout, allowing only four hits on less than 100 pitches entering the ninth inning. He retired the first two hitters via groundout and was within one out of a complete-game shutout when Eric Vachon touched him for a homer to leftfield. Undaunted, Mattingly struck out the last hitter of the game for his second win of the season. Lenney and David Wixted (Ballston Lake, NY) each went 2-for-5 in the game and Pirro was 2-for-3 with his double. For Hope, Vachon was 2-for-4.
Mattingly went nine innings, throwing 104 pitches, and pitched with efficiency, inducing 14 groundouts and nine flyballs while striking out two to improve to 2-0. Haywood took the loss, going six innings and allowing only five hits and a pair of walks while whiffing five hitters.