EAGLE LAKE, FL - Junior Pete Roma (Endicott, NY) came out of the gate strong in his first start, fanning six in a complete-game effort as the Clarkson University baseball team split a doubleheader against Franklin & Marshall, winning the opener 5-3 and dropping the nightcap 6-3, Friday afternoon at Lake Region High School.
The Golden Knights picked up their first victory and moved to 1-3 on the season, while the Diplomats moved to 4-7. Clarkson will take on Oswego State on Saturday evening in a nine-inning game.
Clarkson scored a run in the top of the first on a one-out, bases loaded groundout from Dan Lenney (Clifton Park, NY), but the Diplomats scored a pair of runs on back-to-back hits from Kevin Shields and Avery Attinson. However, Roma settled down after a 22-pitch first inning and mowed through the next three frames with only 27 pitches. By that point, the Knights had reclaimed the lead with a four-run third inning. Kyle Henchey (Rensselaer, NY) and Pete Lasecki (Stratford, CT) each forced home runs as they reached bases thanks to Franklin & Marshall errors, and sophomore Tim Beninati (Schoharie, NY) followed with a two-run single to right-center to score both Lenney and Henchey.
The Diplomats scored their own unearned run in the bottom of the sixth to crawl back within two runs, but Roma wiggled out of trouble in the seventh to claim the victory. Roma finished up his start with six strikeouts and just one walk while allowing six hits over seven frames. He threw 74 strikes among his 111 pitches. Offensively, Lenney was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Beninati was 2-for-2 with a pair of runs driven in.
In the second game, the Diplomats scored a pair on a two-run single in the top of the first, but the Knights knotted things up at 2-2 in the bottom of the second with a one-out, two-run single from Greg Jasek (Chittenango, NY), plating both Connor Martin (Baldwinsville, NY) and Nolan Driscoll (Troy, NY), who had both reached on hits earlier in the inning. Franklin & Marshall responded with a pair of runs in the top half of the third and never lost the lead again, despite Bobby Derico (Watervliet, NY) scoring Henchey home with an RBI-groundout in the fifth.
Clarksons Jarrod Mattingly (Phildelphia, NY) was saddled with the loss despite pitching well. The junior righty struck out seven over five innings, including three looking, matching his season total from last year in 25 innings. Alex Guerra gained the win for the Diplomats, whiffing a pair while allowing six hits and two walks in six innings.
SLU BASEBALL WINS THIRD STRAIGHT
Sophomore Andrew Schreyack scattered six hits and struck out ten, leading St. Lawrence Universitys baseball team to its third straight win in Florida, a 3-1 decision against Westminster, MO, on Friday.
The Saints, who conclude their southern trip against Monmouth Saturday morning are 4-3 after Fridays win.
Bryan Palermo got the Saints off on the right foot on Friday as he was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Khifer OConnors single to left in the top of the first. Westminster tied it on a hit batter, a double and a single in the bottom of the second, but the Saints went back in front with two in the fourth.
Paul Piatelli walked and Brian Magovney singled to start the fourth inning and both were advanced on Matt DeLucas sacrifice bunt. Ethan Braddock then delivered a sacrifice fly to left to score Piatelli and John Ainsley hit a two-out single to plate Magovney for the 3-1 Saint lead.
Schreyack did not allow a runner past second the rest of the way. Westminster threatened in the bottom of the ninth with two on and one out, but Andrew Weitzel came on and induced a line-out double play to end the game.
CLARKSON LAXWOMEN OUTLAST UTICA
An 80-minute delay, a snowstorm, and triple overtime caused a more than three-hour game for the Clarkson University Womens Lacrosse team, and the Golden Knights were able to send the weary home hapy with a 12-11 sudden-death victory over Utica College Friday evening at Hantz Turf Field.
The Golden Knights improved to 2-0 on the season while Utica fell to 4-1. Clarkson will face Keuka College in what it can only hope will be more hospitable conditions.
The first half began with cold weather and minor flurries, but that quickly changed into an all out snowstorm with large flakes blowing sideways. For the final 10 minutes of the half, it was difficult for either team to see the ball particularly well, causing an extended delay that required the turf to be plowed once the weather subsided. When the two teams returned, the narrow difference between them continued to be evident. Utica scored the first goal of the second half to edge out to a 7-5 lead, but the Knights scored four straight and held a 9-7 lead with 6:30 remaining in the game. Utica pulled back to within one a minute later and then was able to force overtime with a goal at the 1:52 mark.
Utica scored the first two goals of the overtime frames and looked ready to clinch the victory, but seniors Katie VanDeValk (Baldwinsville, NY) and Alyssa Cristaldi (North Syracuse, NY) scored in the final 90 seconds to knot the game up once again. In the sudden-death extra session, both teams had their chances, but it was Clarkson that would convert the game-winner. After a stick check from Morgan McGowan (Stony Point, NY) caused a turnover and allowed relief goaltender Stephanie Lynch (Baldwinsville, NY) to gather in a groundball, the Golden Knights converted the clear, and just 30 seconds later freshman Christine Wright (Watertown, NY) finally put an end to the contest, scoring on a shot coming across the middle with 1:28 remaining in the third overtime.
VanDeValk had five goals and an assist to lead Clarkson, while Cristaldi kicked in four goals. Wright also had a pair of scores and four assists, and Marissa Mastronardi (Cortland, NY) scored one goal.
For Utica, Megan Kane had four goals and both Courtney Wheeler and Morgan DuPont each scored three times. Samantha Gebler also added a goal and two assists.
Utica held a 26-25 edge in shots and also had 21 groundballs to Clarksons 16. Kara DiNatale (Auburn, NH) made 10 saves for Clarkson, but Lynch earned the victory in overtime. For Utica, Stephanie Belanger made nine stops.
SLU SOFTBALL SPLITS PAIR
Cailyn Welsh delivered a two-out hit in the bottom of the seventh, scoring Lauren Weisbarth from third base to give SLU a 4-3 win over Franciscan in a nonconference game in Clermont, Fla. The Saints (4-4) fell 2-0 to Lawrence in their second game.
Elizabeth McGinley was the winning pitcher in the opener, striking out seven, and going 3-for-3 at the plate. Weisbarth was 2-for-4 for the Saints.