Alex Giovannone picked up the win in the second game at Union - photo by Clive Grainger

CU Baseball Sweep Union

April 24, 2010

Schenectady, NY – A seven-run first inning in game one and a clutch run in the ninth inning in game two gave the Clarkson University Baseball team a conference doubleheader sweep of Union College Saturday afternoon as the Golden Knights won 12-1 and 6-5 in Liberty League action at Central Park.

The Golden Knights evened their overall record at 12-12 and improved to 8-6 in conference games. Union fell to 5-21 overall and 1-13 in league contests. The two teams are scheduled to meet again on Sunday starting at 12:00 noon.

The Golden Knights had eight hits in the top of the first inning as 12 batters came to the plate, with seven coming around to score. Brady Torbitt (Fulton, NY) hit the first of two triples on the day to plate two runs in the inning, but six different players had run-scoring hits in the frame. In the second inning, Torbitt tripled again to plate another run and came around on a single by Matt Curry (Richland, NY), giving Clarkson a 9-0 advantage. The Knights tallied a run in the fourth, one in the sixth, and another in the seventh to claim the 12-1 victory.

Junior David Goerold (Clifton Park, NY) threw his fifth straight complete game, allowing just five hits and a single run over seven innings, earning his fourth win of the season. Torbitt was 2-for-4 and Curry went 4-for-4. Justin McInerney (Rochester, NY) went 3-for-4 as all but one regular recorded at least one hit in the contest.

In game two, the results were not as easy to come by for the Knights. Union scored three times in the first inning to take the early lead, but Clarkson responded with a run in the top of the second inning when Pete Clarke (Tully, NY) singled home Chris Falteisek (Baldwinsville, NY), who had doubled to center two batters earlier. Union scored one more in the third and another in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead, chasing Clarkson starter Bryan Chudy (Goshen, NY). However, Alex Giovannone (New Hartford, NY) came on in relief in the fourth and allowed just four hits the rest of the way to keep Clarkson in the game.

In the top of the fifth inning, Clarke led off with a triple to the gap and came around on a groundout by Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY). Two batters later, David Kinney (Mexico, NY) doubled to left and scored on a Brett Peplowski (Albany, NY) single to cut the Dutchmen’s advantage to 5-3. Clarkson would remain two runs behind until the top of the eight inning. Torbitt reached on an error and Curry pushed him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Falteisek then hit a 2-2 pitch to left to plate Torbitt. However, in his haste to make a play at the plate, Union’s leftfielder let the ball roll underneath his glove and all the way to the fence, allowing Falteisek to complete the race around the bases and tie the game at 5-5. The following inning saw Clarkson take advantage of a few miscues by the Dutchmen as well, as Jerry Coleman was able to come around on a wild pitch and a passed ball, giving the Knights their first lead.

In the bottom of the ninth, Union’s Dylan Katz-Wicks led off with an infield single and reached second on a sacrifice bunt, but Giovannone shut the door with back-to-back strikeouts to end the game, gaining his second victory of the season.

Giovannone struck out eight in five-plus innings of relief. Offensively for Clarkson, Kinney went 3-for-5 and Clarke was 3-for-4. Falteisek and Peplowski each went 2-for-4.

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