Potsdam, NY – Sophomore David Kinney (Mexico, NY) went 6-for-8 with three doubles, but the performance wasn’t enough for the Clarkson University Baseball team to sweep Vassar for a second consecutive day, as the Golden Knights won the first game 6-2 and lost the second 9-6 Sunday afternoon at Jack Phillips Stadium.
The Golden Knights moved to 8-12 overall with a 6-6 conference mark, while Vassar improved to 6-14 overall and 2-10 in the Liberty League. Clarkson now takes a weekend off from conference play, but the team will host St. Michael’s and Brockport State in a pair of doubleheaders next Saturday and Sunday.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Clarkson took little time getting on the scoreboard as three of the first four batters hit singles, with senior Brett Peplowski’s (Albany, NY) scoring Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY) with one out in the inning. Vassar responded with a run in the bottom of the inning as Sal Costanzo singled home Mike Perrone, tying the score up at 1-1.
Two innings later, Clarkson picked up two more runs to take the lead for good. Peplowski drove home a run with a sacrifice fly, scoring Matt Curry (Richland, NY). Chris Falteisek (Baldwinsville, NY) followed that up with a single to plate David Kinney. In the top of the fourth, Clarkson scored twice more as a pair of runners came around to score on a throwing error. The Knights added another run in the seventh when Kinney scored on a hit from Falteisek.
Freshman Bryan Chudy (Goshen, NY) went the distance to pick up his first collegiate win, allowing nine hits in seven innings while strike out four. He also picked off three runners at first base, giving him seven for the season. John MacGregor pitched well for Vassar, tossing seven innings and striking out seven in the process.
Kinney went 3-for-4 and scored twice, while Falteisek went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Mike Perrone went 3-for-3 to lead Vassar, while Sal Costanzo and David Ringold each were 2-for-3.
In game two, Vassar again struck for two runs in the first inning. The Brewers scored their first run on an overthrow on a steal attempt at second, and then Devon Luongo drove in the second run with a single to the left side. Clarkson picked up a pair of unearned runs in the top of the second inning as Sam Grainger (Bedford, MA) and Scott Morrissey (Troy, NY) drove in runs with groundouts to the right side.
Clarkson scored three more in the top of the fourth inning, starting on a one-out triple by Morrissey. Jerry Coleman drove the freshman in with a hit up the middle and then Kinney blasted a two-run double two batters later to give Clarkson a 5-2 edge. Vassar continued to chip away against the Knights, however, scoring a run in the bottom of the fourth and then tying the game up at 5-5 thanks to a two-run double from Ari Glantz.
Vassar tacked on four more runs in the seventh inning when the Brewers enjoyed a stretch where six of seven hitters hit safely to maintain the rally. Clarkson had a hard-hitting rally snuffed out when Brett Peplowski lined into a double play, and the Knights were able to get just one more in the ninth before their third out to end the game.
The top of the order produced in game two for Clarkson as Coleman went 2-for-4, Curry was 2-for-5, and Kinney went 3-for-4. The rest of the lineup combined for five hits. For Vassar, Ari Glantz, David Ringold, David Keith, Mike Plude, and Joe Castilla each had two hits.
Anthony Farrell (Topsham, ME) took the loss for Clarkson, allowing three runs in two and one-third innings. Scott Allen claimed his first win of the season for Vassar, giving up just a single run in four innings of relief.