Knights sweep doubleheader against Vassar, 3-1 and 9-2
Poughkeepsie, NY – Despite having home games moved a few hundred miles south, the Clarkson University Baseball team felt right at home at Vassar's Prentiss Field, sweeping the Brewers 3-1 and 9-2 on Friday afternoon in Liberty League action.
The Golden Knights picked up their first conference wins of the season and moved to 2-4 in league play and improved to 7-9 overall. Vassar dropped to 10-9 overall and 6-4 in league contests. The two teams will play another doubleheader tomorrow afternoon.In the opener, both teams scored in the first inning but runs proved hard to come by in the seven-inning affair. Evan Trausch plated Vassar's run with a sacrifice fly, but the Knights came back with a two-out rally in the bottom half of the frame. Brad Pearson singled up the middle, Vincent Granuzzo singled to left and following a Mike Krick walk, Dan Pariso plated a pair with a single to left to put the Knights up 2-1.
Only Clarkson would score again, however, as the two pitchers traded goose eggs for the next three innings. The Knights tacked on an insurance run in the bottom half of the fifth when Nate Burns tripled to right and was sent home on a sacrifice fly by Will Coleman. Vassar looked like it might get something going in the top of the seventh when Bryan Rubin led off with a double to left-center, but a line out was followed by a strikeout and another line out to end the threat and the game.
Andrew Smith hurled seven strong innings for the Golden Knights, allowing just a single earned run on seven hits and no walks while striking out three. Vassar's Max Spencer gave up three earned runs on six hits and two walks in six innings of work. Granuzzo and Pariso each finished 2-for-3 for Clarkson.
In game two, the Knights scored four in the bottom half of the first and never looked back in their 9-2 victory. Burns began with a double and Coleman was hit by a pitch to put two runners on. Pearson singled to load the bases, and Granuzzo then forced in a run with a walk. Mike Krick singled up the middle to plate two more and a Joe Stockman groundout gave Clarkson its fourth run of the inning.
Rubin doubled home Trausch in the top of the fourth to get Vassar on the scoreboard, but Clarkson responded an inning later with two more runs. Krick singled home Granuzzo and Stockman scored on an error to put Clarkson up 6-1. Rubin added an RBI single in the top of the sixth, but again Clarkson was quick to return with a run of its own, as Pariso singled in Coleman. In the bottom of the seventh, the Knights added two more runs on a Brad Pearson single, which scored Nate Burns and Ben Knauf.
Ryan Riley earned the win for the Knights, allowing eight hits and two walks over six innings, while Mark Connor tossed three scoreless frames to gain a multi-inning save. Five Clarkson hitters enjoyed multi-hit games, led by Krick's 2-for-5 effort which drove in three runs. Both Trausch and Rubin each went 3-for-4 for Vassar.