Knights take on RIT in Liberty League baseball showdown
As the league schedule hits the home stretch, the Clarkson University Baseball team will hit the road once again to take on the RIT Tigers in four critical Liberty League games this weekend. Action will begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 pm on Sunday.
The Golden Knights enter the weekend with a record of 13-10 overall, and an 8-6 mark in conference that has them in fifth place with eight games to play. RIT has an overall record of 15-10 and sits in second in the conference at 10-5.Senior David Wixted (Ballston Lake, NY) leads the team with 26 hits and 20 runs scored, as well as a .310 average. He has started every game this year and has knocked in 12 runs and has been a perfect 12-for-12 in stealing bases. Junior John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) is right behind Wixted with 24 hits and 17 runs scored. He has also knocked in 12 runs while stealing nine bases and batting .286 on the year.
Senior Jarrod Mattingly (Philadelphia, NY) has excelled on the mound, going 4-1 with a 3.08 ERA in five starts. He has tossed three complete games and struck out 21 batters while only allowing 13 runs in 38 innings. Freshman Eddie Miller (Lake Grove, NY) has also been impressive on the bump, going 3-1 in four starts with a 3.12 ERA. He has 17 strikeouts in 21 innings and has only allowed nine earned runs all season.
Getting the job done at the plate and on the mound, sophomore Greg Jasek (Chittenango, NY) is batting .286 on the year and has also compiled a 3-2 record on the mound. He leads the team with 30 strikeouts and has a 3.27 ERA to go along with his 20 hits and 10 runs scored on the year. He slugged four hits and scored three times in Clarkson's 5-3 win over SUNY Canton on Wednesday afternoon.
The Knights have outscored opponents 120-86 this year, despite only hitting .256 as a team. The pitching staff's 3.59 ERA in league games is tied for second in the Liberty League.
The Tigers enter the weekend with a .288 batting average, including six regulars hitting above the .300 mark. Walt Roman leads the way, batting .384 with 28 hits and 21 RBIs. Brandon Cohall has made five starts for the Tigers, going 3-1 with a 1.97 ERA and 27 strikeouts.
Clarkson will wrap up the regular season when they host the Skidmore Thoroughbreds on May 3rd and 4th.