Saints sweep Clarkson to lock up baseball playoff spot
Junior Joe Riley pitched a three-hit shutout for his seventh win of the year in game one and the Saint lineup roughed up Clarkson pitching for 19 runs on 21 hits in game two as the St. Lawrence University baseball team swept its arch-rival 6-0 and 19-6 in a Liberty League doubleheader at Tom Fay Field Saturday afternoon.
The Saints, now 19-14 overall and 13-9 in the Liberty League firmly cemented their spot in the upcoming Liberty League tournament. SLU and Clarkson, now 12-21 and 9-15, will conclude their regular seasons with a doubleheader in Potsdam starting at noon on Sunday.Riley and Clarkson's Bryan Chudy kept the opposing offenses off the board through four innings in game one, but the Saints broke through for three in the bottom of the fifth and tacked on three more in the sixth to earn the victory. Riley allowed more than one base runner just twice in the game, but worked out of a two-out bases loaded situation in the fifth and ended the inning with a pair of strikeouts when Clarkson had runners at first and third with one out in the sixth. He pitched his fifth complete game of the season and his third shutout, walking two with five strikeouts.
Catcher Zane Fish walked to start the three-run fifth and was sacrificed to second by Ethan Braddock. Mark Myron then singled to right to move Fish to third and Carter Franz drove him in with another single to right. Khifer O'Connor then delivered a single to right to drive in Syron and Jeff Kott hit the Saints' fourth straight single to load the bases. Paul Piatelli hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive in the third run.
Chris Fernandez led off the bottom of the sixth with a double, was sacrificed to third by Fish and scored on Braddock's squeeze bunt. Syron then singled and went ot second on a wild pitch before Franz hit his sixth homer of the year to complete the scoring.
Sophomore Andrew Schreyack improved to 4-4 allowing five runs in seven innings as the Saints jumped out to an 8-0 lead with the help of a big second inning and went on to its 19-6 win.
The damage was done with two out in the bottom of the second as Fernandez started things with a walk. Matt DeLuca also drew a free pass and Braddock delivered a two run double to center. Syron then singled to center with Braddock moving to third and Franz hit his second homer of the day, a three run shot, to make it 5-0. A sixth run scored on a fielding error and Brian Magovney singled home the seventh.
DeLuca walked and scored on Syron's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third, but Clarkson rallied with five in the top of the fourth breaking the ice with back-to-back doubles by John Coleman and Pete Lasecki. Anthony Padrazo added a run scoring single and David Wixted singled in two more runs to cut the Saint lead to 8-5.
The Saints got one back in the bottom of the fourth on a double by Piatelli and DeLuca's single and then put it away with five in the bottom of the fifth with a double by Franz, a sacrifice fly from Kott, a run-scoring single by Piatelli and rbi singles by Magovney and DeLuca. Kott doubled in a run and Piatelli singled home another in the sixth and O'Connor doubled in a run, Piatelli singled home another and Fernandez doubled in a third in the bottom of the eighth. John Coleman singled home Clarkson's sixth run off Andrew Weitzel in the top of the ninth.
Franz was three for four with three runs driven in, Piatelli four for six with three driven in and six Saints had two hit games in the 21-hit attack. Coleman went three for five for Clarkson.