Saints split baseball with Clarkson, finish 3rd in Liberty League
St. Lawrence University's baseball team reached the 20-win mark for the second straight year and will be the third seed in the upcoming Liberty League tournament after a split in a regular season ending doubleheader at Clarkson on Sunday.
The Golden Knights won the first game 4-0 behind a seven-hit shutout by Greg Jasek, but the Saints came back to win the nightcap 6-5 to go 3-1 in the series and finish the regular season at 20-15 overall and 14-10 in league play. Regular season champion Union will host the league tournament at Siena College starting on Thursday with the third-seeded Saints playing RPI in the first round. Union and Vassar complete the field.Kevin Prindle took the loss in game one for the Saints and Jasek hit a run-scoring triple to help his own cause.
Chris Kellogg pitched four innings of scoreless ball in game two and Mike Dell'Olio earned the win in relief with Andrew Weitzel earning a save in the 6-5 win in game two.
The teams were tied 2-2 through five, but the Saints went ahead with a run in the top of the sixth and scored three in the top of the eighth before Clarkson rallied with three in the bottom of the same inning to make it a one-run game.
Mark Syron went three for five with two runs driven in, Paul Piatelli had three hits and Matt DeLuca had two for the Saints in the win.
DeLuca singled to start the go-ahead rally in the sixth and was sacrificed to second by Chris Fernandez. While DeLuca was erased on a double play, Syron singled to drive in Fernandez with the go-ahead run.
DeLuca walked and scored on Syron's two out single, Carter Franz singled in Syron and Khifer O'Connor singled home Franz in the decisive eighth.
Weitzel worked out of a jam in the ninth with the help of a double play to preserve the win.