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Clarkson gains baseball sweep over RIT

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ROCHESTER – Despite playing under miserable conditions, the Clarkson University baseball team made sure it came away with a split over the weekend, sweeping the Rochester Institute of Technology with a walk-off victory in game one, 4-3, and a lopsided 9-1 victory in game two Sunday afternoon.

The Golden Knights slipped back above .500 for the season, moving to 15-14 overall and are now 9-11 in conference games with eight scheduled games left to play. RIT dropped to 12-19 and 7-13.

RIT scored an unearned run in the top of the first inning, but Clarkson tallied three in the bottom of the third to take the lead. Three straight hits loaded the bases, and after a fielder’s choice kept the Knights scoreless with an out at the plate, David Wixted (Ballston Lake, NY) singled to right to score two and Dan Padrazo (Setaucket, NY) lifted a sacrifice fly to score another. The Tigers scored two more unearned runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game, but Clarkson enjoyed a walk-off victory when David Wixted singled home John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) for his third RBI of the game.

David Kinney (Mexico, NY) picked up the win for the Knights, pitching his fifth complete game of the season, allowing six hits and no earned runs through seven frames. He also was 2-for-3 at the plate, while Coleman and Wixted also each delivered a pair of hits.

The second game was not as precarious as the first, as RIT scored one in the first, but Clarkson quickly tied the game in the bottom half of the inning, took the lead in the second, and blew the game open in the fifth with a five-run frame. Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY) shut down the Tigers offense, allowing only six hits through eight innings with whiffing six. Clarkson’s offense opened up with 12 hits, including a 3-for-5 performance from Kinney, and two-hit performances from Scott Morrissey (Troy, NY) and Tim Beninati (Scoharie, NY). The key blow for Clarkson in the fifth was Justin Rebhun’s (East Greenbush, NY) three-run double.

The Golden Knights are slated to be back in action on Wednesday when they host a non-league twinbill against Utica College starting a 2 p.m.

CANTON SOFTBALL

(Canton, N.Y.)- SUNY Canton hit a pair of home runs highlighted by a grand slam by junior Heather Lottie (Canton, N.Y.) to claim a 16-7 win over the University of Maine at Presque Isle in the second of three games on Sunday in Canton.

Presque Isle took game one 13-10 and won the nightcap 13-9. The two teams decided to play three games on Sunday after Saturday’s doubleheader was rained out.

Both teams had to battle cold and windy conditions throughout the day as temperatures never got above 40 degrees. But that didn’t seem to cool off either team’s bats as there was plenty of offense in all three games.

The Roos hit five home runs on the day, two coming from Lottie and sophomore Emiley Walters (Lancaster, N.Y.) and one from freshman Jessica Rhodes (Alpine, N.Y.). Lottie and Walters share the team-lead with five home runs apiece this spring.

In the second game win for the home team Walters cranked a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning that helped erase a 4-0 Presque Isle lead. The Roos batted around in the opening stanza generating seven runs on five hits.

In the second inning with one run already in, sophomore Melissa Campoverde (Forest Hills, N.Y.) and freshman Marie Mason (Pulaski, N.Y.) singled and freshman Kelsey Nash (Tully, N.Y.) reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. Lottie then brought them all home blasting a grand slam inside the left-field pole.

SUNY Canton finished with 18 hits in that game led by Lottie who went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored. She also got the win on the mound as she struck out two batters and scattered seven hits over 3 2/3 innings. Walters finished 2-for-3 and scored twice. Campoverde also had two hits and drove in three runs.

In the opening game Rhodes hit a lead-off solo home run to right field in the fourth inning for her first career home run. Walters followed an inning later with a two-run blast to center field. Rhodes finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and Walters was 1-for-3. Junior Jessica Measheaw (Hammond, N.Y.) and freshman Olivia Blackmore (Madrid, N.Y.) collected two hits each. Measheaw had two strikeouts and gave up 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings and Lottie had three strikeouts and allowed two hits in 3 2/3 innings.

In the final game the Roos fell behind 10-4 late in the contest but posted five runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull within a single run. Presque Isle answered with three runs in the top of the seventh and forced the Roos to go three-and-out to close out the game in the bottom half of the inning.

Lottie’s second home run was a one-out solo line drive that cleared the center field fence in the third inning of the third game. She finished 3-for-4 and added a double and three runs. Rhodes also had three hits and scored twice and Blackmore doubled and had two hits along with Walters and sophomore Shiloh Bourgeois (Keesville, N.Y.).

Measheaw started the game on the mound in game three and had one strikeout in four innings. Lottie came on in relief and had two strikeouts and gave up only one hit in three innings.

Kellie Peers had five hits on the day to lead the Owls who used three different pitchers in each game.

The Roos are next in action on Wednesday when they host SUNY Potsdam in a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.

CANTON LACROSSE PREVAILS

The SUNY Canton men’s lacrosse team scored the first seven goals of the game and never looked back as they topped Johnson State College 15-10 Sunday in Vermont.

The Roos (4-6) quickly opened a 2-0 lead just 10 seconds into the contest when freshman Jason Thompson (Massena, N.Y.) tallied two of his five goals on the day. Junior Pat Connelly (Chittenango, N.Y.) then scored twice in a four-minute stretch to make it 4-0. Thompson scored again followed by goals from sophomore Alex Tibbles (Evans Mills, N.Y.) and freshman Trevor Wight (Clearwater, Fla.) for an early 7-0 advantage. The Roos went into the locker at halftime on top 11-4 and got six saves in the second half from sophomore goalie Corey Spuck (Rochester, N.Y.) to hold on to their lead and claim the road win. Spuck would finish with 15 saves.

Thompson added three assists for a terrific eight-point outing. Connelly finished with four goals and an assist. Wight ended the game with three goals and an assist. Tibbles scored twice and freshman James Kane (Jamison, Pa.) scored once.

The Roos outshot the Badgers 44-37, posted a 44-38 advantage in ground balls and won the faceoff battle 20-9.

Alex Petti scored five goals for Johnson State and Zach Jerome had 13 saves between the pipes.

The Roos have one game remaining this spring and it’s a return trip to Vermont on April 28 when they play at Lyndon State College.

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