Potsdam, NY – A three-run double by Chris Falteisek (Baldwinsville, NY) capped off a four-run eighth inning for the Clarkson University Baseball team as the Golden Knights polished off a doubleheader sweep of Vassar College, 11-2 and 5-3, Saturday afternoon at Jack Phillips Stadium.
The Golden Knights improved to 7-11 overall and evened their record at 5-5 in the Liberty League, while Vassar fell to 5-13 overall and 1-9 in conference games. The two teams will meet again on Sunday to finish of the four-game set.
A nine-run third proved to be enough for the Knights in the first game, but the contest was close through the first two innings. Vassar came out with two runs in the top of the first as Ari Glantz singled home a run. When Glantz stole second shortly after, a throwing error allowed another run to cross to give the Brewers a 2-0 advantage.
The two first-inning run were all the Brewers could scratch against Clarkson starter David Goerold (Clifton Park, NY) as the junior righty settled in and allowed only two more hits for the remainder of the contest. However, Clarkson scored 11 times in the first three innings to put the game away. David Kinney (Mexico, NY) scored on a throwing error in the first to account for Clarkson’s first run, and Chris Falteisek raced home for the second run in the next inning on a double steal. However, it was the third inning that proved decisive as 13 hitters came to the plate, amassing eight hits, including five RBI singles.
Brett Peplowski (Albany, NY) went 3-for-3, and Pete Clarke (Tully, NY) was 3-for-4 for Clarkson. Brady Torbitt (Fulton, NY) and Falteisek each went 2-for-4 for the Knights.
Goerold picked up his second victory of the season, going seven innings and giving up just four hits without a walk while striking out six. Dennis Tario took the loss for Vassar, while Zach Prudoff pitched four innings of strong relief, striking out six.
In game two, Vassar again got on the scoreboard first, tallying twice in the second inning. Sean Morash plated two with a one-out single to left field. After Clarkson got one back in the fourth inning on a Brady Torbitt single through the left side, Vassar responded with a run in the top of the fifth when Ari Glantz dropped a double in deep left to score Liam Lee.
Vassar starter Lawrence Flicker held Clarkson’s bats quiet through most of the contest, scattering just four hits in the first seven innings. It was until the eighth frame that Clarkson took advantage of some miscues to gain its first lead in the contest. Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY) opened the inning by reaching on an error, and from there Clarkson was able to load the bases thanks to a walk and a hit batsman. The next two hitters were retired, but another error allowed Matt Curry (Richland, NY) to score while keeping the bases loaded. Chris Falteisek then lined a double over the infield and into the right-center gap, clearing the bases and giving Clarkson a 5-3 edge.
Vassar had two on and one out in the top of the ninth, but a flyout and a fielder’s choice ended the threat.
Vince Baldwin (Catskill, NY) picked up the victory in relief, pitching four and two-thirds innings of scoreless bullpen work. He allowed only two hits and a walk while striking out six. Alex Giovannone (New Hartford, NY) had the start and allowed three runs in four and one-third innings.
Torbitt led the attack with two hits before coming out of the game with a leg injury in the fifth inning. David Ringold was the only Vassar hitter with two hits in the second contest, going 2-for-4.