Potsdam, NY – Junior pitcher David Goerold (Clifton Park, NY) threw his fourth straight complete game, tossing a nine-inning shutout, to claim a 1-0 victory for the Clarkson University Baseball team, which went on to sweep a doubleheader against Brockport State, taking the night cap 6-3, Sunday afternoon at Jack Phillips Stadium at Snell Field.
The Golden Knights improved to 10-12 on the season, winning for the sixth time in their last seven games. Brockport fell to 16-11. Clarkson will get five days off before traveling to Union to play a pair of conference doubleheaders in Schenectady, NY next weekend.
Goerold and Brockport starter Jimmy Joy were tangled in a classic pitchers’ duel as the pair tossed goose eggs up on the scoreboard for eight consecutive innings. Both certainly had to wiggle out of jams throughout the contest, as Goerold enjoyed inning-ending double plays in three consecutive innings, and Joy got bases loaded strikeouts in both the sixth and eighth innings.
Finally, in the bottom of the ninth inning, where it appeared that the seven-inning scheduled game would require at least a third extra frame, the Knights rallied for the lone run of the contest. Justin McInerney (Rochester, NY) reached on an error and moved up on a wild pitch when Pete Clarke (Tully, NY) squared to bunt. Brockport reliever James Williamson intentionally walked Clarke to recreate the force play, but Scott Morrissey (Troy, NY) sacrificed both into scoring position with a bunt. Matt Curry (Richland, NY) was then intentionally walked to make a force out at any base. The strategy worked as Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY) bounced a ball to third and the throw home cut down McInerney. However, David Kinney (Mexico, NY) singled on the very next pitch to plate Clarke and end the game.
Goerold allowed 10 hits, but walked just one and struck out four in his fourth complete game and second shutout of the year, improving to 3-2 on the season. James Williamson took the loss in relief for the Golden Eagles, falling to 0-3. Joy went eight strong innings, allowing eight hits and a walk while whiffing nine, but he received a no decision.
Kinney went 2-for-5 for the Knights, while Brett Peplowski (Albany, NY) was 3-for-4 before being removed for a pinch runner in the eighth.
Game two saw runs come in bunches for both teams early on. Clarkson picked up a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI-groundout from Peplowski and a hard single to right by Curry. Brockport tied the game 2-2 on back-to-back run-scoring hits from Nate Parrino and Max Zimmerman in the third inning, but the Knights quickly responded with a run in the bottom of the inning as Peplowski drove home McInerney with a double to the left-center gap.
Once again, Brockport tied the score in the top of the next inning, but a series of miscues gave Clarkson the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth. After Steve Magovney (Watertown, NY) and Sam Grainger (Bedford, MA) each reached base, Scott Morrissey hit a fly ball to left-center. However, the wind had the Brockport outfielder confused enough to misread it and drop what would have been the second out of the inning. Magovney scored on the error, and Grainger followed on an overthrow. With Morrissey on third and, following a walk from Jerry Coleman, McInerney attempted a squeeze play on a bunt, but the pitch was too far outside for contact. Fortunately, the Brockport catcher didn’t see Morrissey streaking for the plate, and attempted to throw out Coleman at second base. The pair was awarded stolen bases on the play, making for a very odd steal of home.
Freshman Bryan Chudy (Goshen, NY) picked up his second victory of the season, giving up seven hits and three walks in five innings, but getting touched for just two earned runs. Vince Baldwin (Catskill, NY) pitched two solid innings of relief to earn his first save of the season. Brockport’s Steve Locke, the Division III National Pitcher of the Week thanks to a no-hitter, took the loss and lasted just three and one-third innings.