CANTON - Needing to win two games and get some help from another conference opponent, the Clarkson University Baseball team came up short against St. Lawrence on Sunday afternoon, falling to the Saints 6-5 and 13-1 as their season ended at Tom Fay Field.
The Golden Knights finished off their season with a record of 18-21 overall and 12-16 in the Liberty League, while St. Lawrence clinched the regular season title at 26-12 and 19-8.
In the opener of Sundays doubleheader, Clarkson scored early to seemingly keep its post-season hopes alive. Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY) doubled and David Kinney (Mexico, NY) followed with a double of his own to open the scoring. David Wixted (Ballston Lake, NY) singled home Kinney to make the score 2-0. St. Lawrence responded with an unearned run in the first and and another on a sacrifice fly in the second, but the Knights plated a pair in the top of the third as Jerry Coleman led off the inning with a home run and Wixted came home on a triple from Matt Jenack (Massena, NY). The Knights picked up their fifth run on a line-out sacrifice fly from Kinney, and led 5-2 through four and a half innings.
St. Lawrence rallied with three runs in the bottom half of the inning, however, keyed by a two-run homer from Khifer OConnor. From there the two teams exchanged zeroes until the bottom of the ninth inning when Bryan Palermo lifted a sacrifice fly to right field that was deep enough to send Matt DAuteuil home from third base.
Kinney took the loss, pitching his fifth straight complete game and seventh overall, being the victim of a walk-off loss for the third time this season. Kinney went 2-for-3 and Jerry Coleman was 3-for-4, while Jenack went 2-for-4 for Clarkson.
The Clarkson loss coupled with a University of Rochester victory eliminated the Golden Knights from playoff contention, and that disappointment clearly carried over into the second game as the Saints scored three in the first, two in both the third and fourth innings, and six more in the fifth frame. Clarkson finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning, but it was far too little for a comeback.