Knights sweep Raptors in pair of one-run baseball games
FISHKILL, N.Y. – A day after outscoring Bard by a combined score of 20-4, the Clarkson University Baseball team used two solid pitching performances to once again sweep the Raptors on Sunday afternoon, winning game one 1-0 and game two 3-2.
The Golden Knights improve to 12-10 overall, with a record of 8-6 in the Liberty League. Bard falls to 3-18-1 overall and remains winless in league play with a mark of 0-12-1. Clarkson will next play Utica College in a doubleheader at Tom Fay Field on the St. Lawrence University campus on Tuesday afternoon starting at 2:00 pm.Senior Jarrod Mattingly (Philadelphia, NY) earned his fourth victory of the year in game one, pitching all seven innings and keeping the Raptors off the scoreboard throughout the game. Bard managed five hits but Mattingly struck out seven in the pitcher's duel. JP Fisher was just as impressive for the Raptors, allowing two hits and walking four with one strikeout, but a passed ball in the fourth inning was the difference.
Junior Matt Jenack (Massena, NY) led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Chris Miller (Ballston Lake, NY). After stealing third Jenack crossed home plate with the only run of the game on a wild pitch with two outs. The go-ahead run would come to the plate for the Raptors with one out in the top of the seventh inning, but Mattingly got the next batter to ground into a 1-6-3 double play to end the game.
The Knights would score first in game two as freshman Dom Pirro (Liverpool, NY) ripped a single to left center that would score Chris Miller and junior John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) to give the Knights the 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Freshman Eddie Miller (Lake Grove, NY) got the starting nod in the nightcap and went the distance, allowing five hits and two runs.
The Raptors were able to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the second inning with an RBI double and a groundout, but Miller kept them in check the rest of the way. Senior David Wixted (Ballston Lake, NY) put the Knights ahead for good in the seventh when his sacrifice fly plated Jenack to give Clarkson the 3-2 lead. Miller would put the Raptors down in order over the final 12 outs to earn his third win of the season.