CLARKSON splits double with
r.i.t. in 7-5 loss, 3-1 win
Clarkson's Will Coleman (8) sends the ball into center
field to earn a single and place a runner onto third
base. The Golden Knights dropped the first game to the
RIT Tigers 7-5 then came back to claim victory in the
nightcap 3-1. (Cody Jenne photo)
A dominant pitching performance in the
second game helped the Clarkson baseball team split a
doubleheader with RIT at Jack Phillips Stadium. The Tigers
won the first game by the score of 7-5, while the Golden
Knights came away with a 3-1 victory in the second game.
Clarkson is now 14-3 overall on the year and has an 8-2
Liberty League record while RIT is 13-5 and is 7-2 in
conference play. Clarkson looked like they had the first
game won after a double by senior John Coleman put the Green and Gold ahead 5-2 heading
into the bottom of the seventh. However, three straight RIT
singles to start the inning loaded the bases. After a
Clarkson pitching change, RIT scored a run on a hit batter
and then their left fielder, Will Gorman hit a grand slam to
give RIT a 7-5 lead. RIT would retire three straight hitters
in the bottom of the seventh to take the win. The Golden
Knights would take the lead in top of the third in the
second game when a single by sophomore
Chris Miller drove in the first two runs of the game.
RIT got one run back in the bottom of the fourth . But
Will Coleman was able to strike out Gorman and get the
next hitter to line out to left to snuff out the threat.
Clarkson added an insurance run in the top of the seventh
when a double by Miller scored sophomore
Paul Ludden and Coleman closed the door with three
straight strikeouts in the bottom half of the frame. Junior
Joe Rooney started the second game for Clarkson, giving
up just a single run in five innings with six strikeouts.
Coleman pitched the final two innings, racking up five
strikeouts in route to his first collegiate save.