SARATOGA SPRINGS - Junior David Wixted (Ballston Lake, NY) proved to be the epitome of a leadoff man for the Clarkson University baseball team Friday afternoon, going 7-for-9 in a doubleheader split against Skidmore College, with the Golden Knights claiming the opener 9-3 before falling late in game two 9-7.
The Golden Knights moved to 4-6 overall this season and 1-1 in the Liberty League, while Skidmore also saw its record changed to 4-6 overall and 1-1 in conference games. The two teams will play another doubleheader starting at noon on Saturday.
In Friday afternoons opener, Skidmore opened the scoring by producing a manufactured run in the bottom of the second inning, but the Knights would blow the game open in the top half of the next inning by crossing the plate eight times. Three extra-base hits would account as the big blows, starting with Dan Lenneys (Clifton Park, NY) double that drove in Wixted to tie the score, and Greg Jaseks (Chittenango, NY) double that plated John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) and Lenney to make the score 3-1. An error allowed two more to come in, and following a Kyle Henchey (Rensselaer, NY) double that drove in two, Wixted followed with a double to plate Henchey.
Senior Bryan Chudy (Goshen, NY) earned his second win of the season, pitching six solid innings and striking out nine before being relieved by sophomore Matt Ehrets (Johnson City, NY) for the seventh and final frame.
The second game seemed to be a continuation of the first, with Clarkson gaining a six-run lead early in the contest. The Knights struck for a run in the top of the first when Matt Jenack (Massena, NY) sent home Wixted with an RBI-groundout, and though Skidmore responded with a run in the bottom of the second, Clarkson tallied three runs in the third and fourth innings for a 7-1 lead. John Coleman singled home Wixted to start the rally in the third, followed by a Jasek sacrifice fly that scored Coleman. Dan Lenney then came around to score, stealing third base on Nolan Driscolls walk, and coming around on the over throw. In the fourth, Coleman delivered a two-out hit to plate Tim Beninati (Schoharie, NY), and the rally kept going with Lenney scoring Coleman with a single and Jasek singling home Lenney.
However, Skidmore would slowly chip away in its final four at bats. The Thoroughbreds scored an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth, and a two-out single in the sixth made the score 7-3. In the bottom of the seventh, Leejay Pollacchi had a run-scoring double and came around on a two-out single by Chris Lorenz, pulling Skidmore within one. Clarkson nearly added an insurance run in the top of the eighth, but maintained its one-run advantage until Skidmore took the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Alex Barber led off the frame with a four-pitch walk and advanced to third on the next two outs. From there, Alex Pavelock singled home Barber, which began a rally that saw Skidmore score two more runs on a Lorenz base hit, giving the Thoroughbreds a 9-7 lead through eight frames. Skidmore reliever Nick Petrella struck out a pair and induced a groundout in the top of the ninth to end the game.
The top of the Clarkson lineup (1-3) went a combined 8-for-14 with six runs scored in the second game of the doubleheader, led by a four-hit effort from Wixted, who also stole a pair of bases in game two. Driscoll also had a pair of hits while Jasek and Coleman each drove in two runs.
SLU BASEBALL SWEEPS RIT
Junior Joe Riley won his third straight game in game one of a Liberty League doubleheader with the Rochester Institute of Technology on Friday and senior Jeff Kott went three for four with four runs driven in to lead the Saints to a 10-5 win in game two at Monroe Community College in Rochester on Friday.
A scheduled doubleheader on Saturday was postponed due to the lack of playable fields.
The Saints stretched their winning streak to seven games and are 2-0 in league play after Fridays sweep. Riley pitched a two hitter, struck out eight and walked none in game one. Zane Fish gave the Saints a 1-0 lead in the top of the third with a solo home run, but RIT tied it up with two singles and a run-scoring wild pitch in the bottom of the inning as Riley surrendered his first run in three starts this season.
SLU took the lead in the top of the fifth as Bryan Palermo hit a one-out single and Carter Franz delivered a two-run homer.
In game two, the Saints spotted Andrew Schreyack a 5-0 lead through three and the sophomore won his second of the year in three starts, giving up two runs in six innings. Chris Kellogg, Michael DellOlio and Andrew Weitzel each pitched an inning of relief.
Palermo, Matt DeLuca and Mark Syron had two hits to back Kott and Khifer OConnor drove in a three runs in game two. Kott delivered a two-run double and OConnor a two run single in the five-run sixth for the Saints.
CANTON BASEBALL SWEPT
Chris OHare threw a two-hit shutout and struck out 19 to help Fisher (15-12) sweep the Kangaroos in a nonconference doubleheader in Lynn, Mass.
Yuliano Rodriguez had two hits for Fisher in the opener. Tom Darling went 2-for-3 for SUNY Canton (3-15) in game one.
CLARKSON LAXWOMEN MOVE TO 6-0
Senior Alyssa Cristaldi (North Syracuse, NY) scored a game-high seven goals, becoming the programs all-time leader in goals in the process, as the Clarkson University womens lacrosse team extended its season-opening winning streak to six games with a 16-12 victory over Skidmore College on Friday afternoon at Hantz Turf Field in the first Liberty League game of the season for both teams.
The Golden Knights, guided by first-year co-head coaches Ben Gaebel and Christy Foster, will look to continue the best start in the programs history when they host Rensselaer in conference action on Saturday in a 2 p.m. game in Potsdam.
Clarkson never trailed against Skidmore (1-5, 0-1) in a tight game, which saw the Green and Gold pull away late in the second half by scoring four of the final six goals.
Cristaldi scored four goals in the opening 30 minutes to help Clarkson take a 9-7 lead at the half.
Freshman Christine Wright (Watertown, NY) also had a strong game offensively for the Knights, scoring four goals and recording a game-high three assists. Senior Katie VanDeValk (Baldwinsville, NY) scored twice.
Robin Fetterolf, who tallied a team-high six goals for the Thoroughbreds, made the score 12-10 with 18 minutes left to play, but Cristaldi and VanDeValk answered back to put Clarkson up by four goals, 14-10 with 16:30 left. The Knights took their biggest lead of the game at 16-11 with 4:35 remaining when Wright connected for her fourth goal of the day.
Seniors Kerrie Cline (Tuxedo, NY) and Nicole Kelly (Syracuse, NY) and junior Mastronardi (Cortland, NY) also scored in the Knights highest offensive outing of the season.
Skidmore outshot the Green and Gold 30-26, but junior Kara DiNatale (Auburn, NH) came through with a 10-save effort in the Clarkson goal.
Both teams recorded 18 ground balls. VanDeValk and Wright picked up a game-high four ground balls apiece to lead the Knights.
SLU LAXWOMEN DENIED
Alissa Peterson scored with 19 seconds left in overtime to lead the Engineers (5-1, 1-0) past St. Lawrence University in a Liberty League game in Canton.
Peterson and Shannon Maguire each scored two goals for RPI. Marissa Page, Michelle Denny and Rachel Scofield also scored.
Brigid Hurley tallied four goals for the Saints (4-4, 0-1). Stephanie ORourke and Michaela Maybee also scored.
CANTON LAXWOMEN PREVAIL
Tressa Goolden of Canton scored seven goals and Potsdam product Keeley Rice added six as the Northstars (4-3) defeated Morrisville State in a nonconference contest in Canton.
Brittani Bessette scored three goals for the Kangaroos. Brooke Knight scored two and Robyn Carro also scored.
Shelby Wood and Cassie Edmondson produced four goals for Morrisville State (1-4).
POTSDAM SOFTBALL SWEPT
The SUNY Potsdam softball team (5-3, 0-2 SUNYAC) fell to SUNY Brockport (6-7, 2-0 SUNYAC) by scores of 9-0 and 5-1 in their SUNYAC opener played at the SUNY Geneseo diamond.
In the first contest, the Golden Eagles shutdown the Bears to earn a 9-0 victory. Brockport would find a rhythm in the batters box early with a triple and several singles to claim a 3-0 lead. The Golden Eagles continued to swing away and added two more runs in the bottom of the third to extend the lead to 5-0. Errors would plague the Bears as the Golden Eagles notched four runs in the bottom of the fourth to increase the deficit to 9-0. Potsdam attempted to generate momentum but strong pitching by Jaime Berger (Norwich, NY) proved to be too much.
Freshman pitcher Jordan Sarat (Caledonia, N.Y.) recorded two strikeouts in four innings pitched and allowed 10 hits.
Berger allowed three hits in five innings and finished with five strikeouts. Brockports Amanda Yuhas (Hamburg, NY) led the Golden Eagles, going one for three with two RBIs.
In the second game, Brockport used a fourth inning rally to defeat the Bears, 5-1. Senior Amanda Perry (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) got the ball rolling for Potsdam in the first with a double to right field, driving in fellow senior Heather Johnson (Heuvelton, N.Y.). Both pitchers would hold for two innings until Brockport broke out in the fourth. The Golden Eagles capitalized on several bloopers to the outfield to tally five runs and claim a 5-1 advantage. The Bears battled for the next three innings but a solid defensive performance by Brockport sealed the win.
Junior Ashley Thayer (Winthrop, N.Y.) allowed eight hits in six innings and tallied three strikeouts. Perry and sophomore Carissa Cornwell (Homer, N.Y.) each notched a double. Golden Eagle freshman Korey Kibling (LaFayette, NY) totaled seven innings on the mound, allowing four hits and totaling three strikeouts.
Potsdam continues SUNYAC play this morning versus SUNY Geneseo starting at 10:30 a.m.
CANTON SWEEPS SOFTBALL TWINBILL
Nicole Mulieri produced eight total hits as the Kangaroos (7-11) swept a nonconference doubleheader from Fisher in Lynn, Mass.
Mulieri went 3-for-5 in game one and was 5-for-5 in game two. Andrea Rogers had three hits in the opener for SUNY Canton. Tina DeLuca struck out five and allowed just two hits in game two and went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
Jayla Vega had two hits in each game for Fisher (0-13).