Juniors Chris Falteisek (Baldwinsville, NY) and Garrett Russell (Lake George, NY) each homered as the Clarkson University Baseball team put an end to Plattsburgh State's 18-game winning streak with a 14-9 victory Wednesday afternoon at Jack Phillips Stadium at Snell Field.
The Golden Knights moved to 5-11 overall, while the 23rd-ranked Cardinals dropped to 18-2 on the season. Clarkson returns to conference action this weekend when it hosts Vassar College in a four-game set.
Plattsburgh struck first with a run in the top of the first on a Tory Bouyea double, but the Golden Knights responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning and never looked back. Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY) singled and moved to third on an error by the right fielder, and then came around to score on a wild pitch. Three batters later, Brady Torbitt (Fulton, NY) hit a two-run triple, and then scored himself on a double by Russell.
Clarkson tacked on four more in the fourth inning, starting with a two-run homer from Falteisek. David Kinney (Mexico, NY) continued his recent hot streak with a two-run double, giving the Knights an 8-1 advantage. Clarkson picked up another run in the fifth when Pete Clarke (Tully, NY) drove in a run as well.
Plattsburgh kept the game interesting with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Two Cardinals reached on a pair of walks and Donny Coolidge sent both home with a double, and later scored on a sacrifice fly. The five-run deficit would be shortlived, however, as Clarkson again tallied four in the bottom half of the frame. Paul Conte (Baldwinsville, NY) delivered an RBI single, and two batters later Russell hit a three-run bomb to give the Knights a 13-4 edge.
The Cardinals took advantage of some sloppy defensive play by the Knights in the next few innings, scoring five runs, only three of which were earned as the Knights had three passed balls and four errors to let Plattsburgh hang around. With a steady rain falling in the ninth, three straight batters reached base via error in the ninth, but junior Alex Giovannone (New Hartford, NY) settled in and ended the threat, allowing just a single unearned run without giving up a hit.
Russell finished the day 5-for-5 with four runs scored and four driven in, while Kinney was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. All but one Clarkson starter had a hit as the Knights pounded out 19 hits. For Plattsburgh Bouyea and Coolidge each went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
Steve Magovney (Watertown, NY) won his first game of the season in his first start in two seasons, allowing only three hits in five and two-thirds innings. Four Plattsburgh pitchers were touched up, giving up 19 hits and 14 earned runs.