Eagle Lake, FL - With roundtrippers from Dan Lenney (Clifton Park, NY), Dom Pirro (Liverpool, NY) and Greg Jasek (Chittenango, NY), the Clarkson University Baseball team enjoyed its most potent offensive performance in some time in a doubleheader split against Brockport, winning the first 7-1 before dropping the nightcap 6-5 on Sunday at Lake Region High School.
The Golden Knights moved to 2-3 overall, with all five games coming against SUNYAC opponents, and the team will face Grinnell College on Monday in another doubleheader. Brockport moved to 5-2 on the season.
In the opener, freshman Eddie Miller (Lake Grove, NY) was touched for just three hits and an unearned run in picking up his first collegiate victory, striking out five over a complete-game seven inning effort. Miller would get all the offense he would need by the fourth inning as Clarkson scored a run in both the first and fourth innings. Lenney delivered a two-out single in the first and Jasek immediately followed him with a double to make it 1-0. Pirro then blasted a home run to centerfield in the fourth to give Clarkson a 2-0 edge.
The Knights would open things up in the bottom half of the fifth frame with a patient approach that loaded the bases. David Wixted (Ballston Lake, NY) doubled and moved his way around the bases as Lenney and Jasek each walked. Jarrod Mattingly (Philadelphia, NY) then singled down the rightfield line and Chris Miller (Ballston Lake, NY) followed with a single to center to make it 4-0. After Brockport responded with a run in the top of the sixth, Clarkson added three more in the bottom half fo the inning as Wixted scored on a passed ball and Lenney plated John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) with a two-run homer.
In game two, Clarkson jumped out front with two runs in the top of the first as Wixted scored on an RBI groundout from Lenney that also involved a throwing error, sending home Coleman from second base. The Golden Eagles produced three in the bottom of the second, but Clarkson regained the advantage in the top of the fifth when Lenney again reached on an error by the Brockport shortstop. Jasek followed with his first collegiate homer to make the score 4-3. The Knights tacked on a fifth run in the sixth as Wixted singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, and then came home on a John Coleman single up the middle. The Golden Eagles added a run in the bottom of the sixth, but it was the bottom of the seventh that saw Brockport walk off with the victory. Mike Gianni walked to open the inning and Wesley Burghardt moved him to second on a sacrifice bunt. That play proved to be moot as Dan Hurlimann homered to center to end the game, 6-5.
Coleman finished the day 4-for-8 overall, and Lennney was 2-for-3 with three runs in the opener. Wixted was 2-for-4 in game two with a pair of runs scored, and Tim Beninati (Schoharie, NY) went 2-for-2 in the second contest. The power display for the Knights was a good sign, as only Nolan Driscoll hit a home run for Clarkson in the entirety of the 2013 season.