Knights drop 9-3 decision at Plattsburgh
Plattsburgh, NY – Using 23 players in its mid-week non-conference game, the Clarkson University Baseball team came up short in its contest against Plattsburgh State, falling 9-3 against the Cardinals Wednesday afternoon at Chip Cummings Field.
The Golden Knights fell to 8-11 overall on the season and will face Liberty League conference leader Union College in a four-game set at Jack Phillips Stadium this weekend. Plattsburgh improved to 7-15.Using most of the bullpen on Wednesday, seven different pitchers saw action for the Golden Knights and some fared better than others. The Cardinals touched up the Clarkson staff for a run in the bottom of the first and then produced three runs in the bottom half of the second inning, scoring three runs with two outs in the inning. Clarkson responded with pair of runs in the top of the third as Kyle Henchey (Rensselaer, NY) led off the inning with a single and moved up to third when David Wixted (Ballston Lake, NY) doubled. John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) drove in a run with a groundout and Dan Lenney (Clifton Park, NY) singled home Wixted to make the score 4-2.
Plattsburgh got one of the runs back in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with just one out. The Knights were able to get out of the jam, allowing just a single run on base hit before turning a double play to end the threat.
In the top of the fifth, the Knights scored what would prove to be their final run when John Coleman led off the inning with a walk. Coleman then moved up to second base on a wild pitch and Nolan Driscoll (Troy, NY) drove him in with a single through the left side to make the score 5-3. However, the Cardinals would strike for four runs in the bottom half of the fifth to extend its lead. For the final four frames, both teams occasionally made minor threats on the bases, but the scoring would conclude midway through the game.
Clarkson had 10 hits in the game, but with so many players seeing time, just Driscoll and Lenney had multi-hit games, as each went 2-for-5. On the mound, Jeremy Hoffman (Colonie, NY), Matt Ehrets (Johnson City, NY) and Jamie Terry (Auburn, NY) each pitched a scoreless inning of relief down the stretch.