Junior Kyle Moldoff (Nassau, NY) became the first pitcher in recent memory to toss a no-hitter for the Clarkson University Baseball team as he shut out Oswego State 6-0 Monday afternoon in the first game of a non-league doubleheader. The Knights lost the second game 4-3, thanks in large part to a play that most of the players hadn't seen since days on the sandlot.
The Golden Knights moved to 16-15 overall, ending a brief two-game losing streak, while Oswego fell to 18-16 on the season.
In the opener, Moldoff faced the minimum through the first six innings of the contest, picking off one runner that he walked in the second inning. With one out in the seventh, Moldoff walked another runner, and two batters later walked his third, but he induced a groundout to end the threat and complete the rare gem.
Clarkson provided all of the offense that Moldoff would need in the first inning. David Kinney (Mexico, NY) hit a two-out double and Brett Peplowski (Albany, NY) followed with an RBI-single. Two batters later, Peplowski came around to score on a run-scoring single from Steve Magovney (Watertown, NY), giving Clarkson a 2-0 lead.
In the third inning, Clarkson tallied another run when Matt Curry (Richland, NY) circled the bases on a walk, wild pitch, stolen base, and an overthrow by the catcher. In the following frame, Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY) drove in Scott Morrissey (Troy, NY) with a double to make the score 4-0. Rounding out the scoring in the seveth inning, Coleman hit an inside the park home run when Oswego's centerfielder collided with the fence in an attempt to make the catch. Brady Torbitt (Fulton, NY) drove Curry home with a sacrifice fly to finish up the scoring.
Clarkson had nine hits in the game, as Coleman, Kinney, and Magovney each went 2-for-4.
In game two, Oswego scored twice in the third inning after garnering its first hits of the doubleheader. It took some time for Anthony Farrell (Topsham, ME) to get used to working out of the stretch, but the freshman minimized the damage after the Lakers loaded the bases with no one out.
Clarkson responded with a pair of runs in the fifth inning when Jerry Coleman drove in pinch-runner Paul Conte (Baldwinsville, NY) with a double, and later came around on a wild pitch. Unfortunately for the Knights, the Lakers picked up a run in the bottom half of the inning to reclaim the lead. In the sixth, however, Clarkson picked up another run with a two-out single by Sam Grainger (Bedford, MA).
The game remained tied at 3-3 until the ninth inning. Clarkson loaded the bases in the top of the inning after an intentional walk to Peplowski with just one out. After a strikeout, Chris Falteisek (Baldwinsville, NY) came to the plate for the RBI-opportunity, but before the junior outfielder could try to deliver on the 3-2 count, the Lakers successfully pulled off a version of the hidden-ball trick. Oswego reliever Andy Salvatore faked an overthrow on a pick off attempt at second base, with the middle infielders, centerfielder, catcher, dugout, and even some of the Oswego fans feigning disappointment that the ball was tossed into centerfield. However, just when a Clarkson runner broke for the plate, Salvatore came up with the ball and, after some time in a run down, completed the pick off play for the third out.
The Lakers finished off the extra-inning affair in the bottom of the ninth inning with back-to-back doubles.
Coleman went 3-for-5 to lead the Knights offensive attack.