May 1, 2010
Potsdam, NY – A three-run sixth inning gave the Clarkson University Baseball team some much needed insurance runs as the Golden Knights downed Liberty League-leading Rochester 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Jack Phillips Stadium. The second game was suspended in the fourth inning.
The Golden Knights improved to 15-12 overall and 11-6 in the Liberty League, while Rochester dropped to 26-9 and 17-4. The Yellowjackets led 3-0 in the top of the fourth inning in the second game before lightning and rained halted the contest. The two teams will likely resume that game on Sunday afternoon before playing the scheduled game(s).
The opening game started off with every appearance of a pitching duel, as Dan Ludwig and David Goerold (Clifton Park, NY) traded zeroes for the first few innings or, at the very least, pitching their way out of jams with key strikeouts. Rochester scored its first run of the contest in the top of the third inning when Casey Storme led off with a single. After he moved up on a sacrifice bunt, Andy Cannon lined a single to right. Rightfielder Brady Torbitt (Fulton, NY) had a beat on the ball to throw Storme out at the plate by a significant margin, but in his haste he misplayed the ball, allowing Cannon to move all the way up to third. However, Goerold wiggled out of the jam two batters later with a pair of strikeouts, both looking.
Clarkson tied the score up at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Torbitt redeemed himself with a single to left and moved up on a groundout and a walk before Justin McInerney (Grand Island, NY) drove him in with a sacrifice fly. The Knights added another run in the fifth when Torbitt returned the favor, driving in Pete Clarke (Tully, NY) with another sacrifice fly.
Clarkson opened up the game in the bottom of the sixth inning as Chris Falteisek (Baldwinsville, NY) led off with a single and later scored on a wild pitch. That play would be moot shortly thereafter as sophomore Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY) belted an 0-1 pitch over the left field fence, driving in himself and McInerney to give Clarkson a 5-2 edge. Rochester added another run in the top of the seventh inning on a groundout by Nate Stein, but three straight groundballs gave Goerold and the Knights the victory.
Goerold gave up nine hits over seven innings as both of his runs were unearned. The win was his fifth of the season, and it was his sixth consecutive complete game. Dan Ludwig took the loss for Rochester, as the junior fell to 6-2 on the season.
Torbitt finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and Falteisek was 2-for-2. For Rochester, Steve Just went 2-for-2, Rob Barnard went 2-for-3, and Cannon went 2-for-4.