Brett Peplowski attempts to evade a tag at the plate in the second inning of game one against St. Lawrence. - Photo by Gary Mikel

CU back to Defend Liberty League Crown

May 10, 2010

Potsdam, NY - Thanks to a combined shutout effort from senior Steve Magovney (Watertown, NY) and junior Vince Baldwin (Catskill, NY), the Clarkson University Baseball team clinched a spot in the Liberty League Tournament for the third straight season, winning 3-0 in the nightcap of a doubleheader against St. Lawrence after dropping the opener 4-1 at Jack Phillips Stadium Monday afternoon.

The Golden Knights moved to 17-16 overall on the season and improved to 12-9 in conference games, claiming the third seed in the conference tournament. St. Lawrence, by virtue of its victory in the opener of the doubleheader, also gained admittance to the tournament after a one-year absence, moving to 19-18 overall and 12-10 in the Liberty League. Rensselaer was the hard luck team this season, finishing a half game out, the first time the Engineers have missed the conference tournament in its eight-year existence.

In the opener, St. Lawrence scored three runs in the top of the second to take command early. A squeeze bunt by Tim Harris scored Matt DeLuca from third early on, and Paul Piatelli followed with a double to plate another run. A dropped pop up allowed Piatelli to score from second and gave St. Lawrence a 3-0 advantage.

Clarkson pulled back into the contest in the bottom of the fourth inning when David Kinney (Mexico, NY) led off the frame with a solo home run to left field, his sixth bomb of the season. Unfortunately, it was all that Clarkson could muster offensively for the remainder of the game as St. Lawrence starter Chris Cook held the Knights to a single hit for the rest of the game.

Cook allowed three hits and three walks while striking out seven in his complete game effort, gaining his seventh win of the season in the process. David Goerold (Clifton Park, NY) took his third loss, throwing his seventh straight complete game. He allowed just six hits and a pair of walks, with two of the four runs he gave up being unearned.

In game two, Steve Magovney set the tone early for the Knights pitchers as he struck out two of the first three hitters looking. Clarkson then tallied twice in the bottom of the first and held on for the remainder of the game. The middle of the lineup provided the offense in the first and in the game overall, as Brett Peplowski (Albany, NY) and Brady Torbitt (Fulton, NY) each drove in runs in the first with singles. In the third inning, Chris Falteisek (Baldwinsville, NY) delivered an RBI-single to plate Peplowski and give the Knights a 3-0 advantage.

Magovney allowed just three hits over five innings and picked up his third win of the season. He was relieved by Baldwin in the sixth inning, and the junior righty gave up just a single hit in his two innings of work, striking out the final batter of the game to clinch the victory.

Torbitt went 3-for-3 in game two, and Peplowski was 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Jeff Kott went 2-for-3 for St. Lawrence.

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