Troy, NY - Junior David Goerold (Clifton Park, NY) scattered five hits over seven innings and became the first pitcher for the Clarkson University Baseball team to shut out Rensselaer in over 40 years as the Golden Knights earned a 5-0 victory over the 8th-ranked Engineers in the opening game of a doubleheader at Robison Field. Rensselaer’s Andrew Mondo responded in kind by twirling his own gem in the nightcap as the teams split the twinbill after a 12-1 decision for the Engineers in game two.
The Golden Knights moved to 2-7 overall and 1-1 in the Liberty League, playing their first games in 11 days. Rensselaer moved to 9-4 and 1-1. The two teams will play another conference doubleheader on Sunday, starting at 12:00 noon.
In game one, Goerold gave up five hits and walked two over seven scoreless frames, striking out four batters in the process. The junior righthander kept the Engineers off balance with solid command of all of his pitches, claiming his first victory of the season. The complete-game shutout marked the first time that Clarkson held Rensselaer without a run since the 1969 season, when the Knights won 8-0 against the Engineers.
Clarkson took little time in taking the lead, scoring three times in the top of the first inning. Following a one-out walk by Steve Magovney (Watertown, NY), sophomore Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY) reached on an error by the rightfielder, sending Magovney to third. In the midst of Brady Torbitt’s (Fulton, NY) at bat, Rensselaer starting pitcher Ryan Washburn uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Magovney to score and Coleman to move up to second. It would matter little, however, as Torbitt crushed a two-run homer to right-center field to give Clarkson a 3-0 advantage.
The game would remain 3-0 until the top of the fourth inning when senior Brett Peplowski (Albany, NY) led off the frame with a solo home run to right. Sophomore David Kinney (Mexico, NY) would lead off the sixth inning in similar fashion, depositing a baseball over the left-field fence to finish up Clarkson’s scoring.
Game two started off as another pitchers’ duel, but the Clarkson defense failed its starter at a very inopportune time. With two outs and runners on first and third, a pair of errors allowed five unearned runs to cross the plate as the Engineers posted five in the third inning on just two hits. Two more errors helped lead to three more runs scoring in the fourth and Rensselaer was able to cruise from that point on. The Knights tallied a run in the top of the eighth when junior Chris Falteisek (Baldwinsville, NY) delivered a one-out single to plate Magovney, but a double-play lineout squashed the rally.
Mondo allowed just five hits and a walk over eight innings, striking out 11 batters. Kyle Moldoff (Nassau, NY) was saddled with the loss for Clarkson, allowing eight hits and four walks in five innings pitched, but only four earned runs. Jordan Yells (Waterloo, NY) came on in relief and pitched three solid innings, allowing two earned runs.