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Clarkson baseball team splits season-opening twinbill

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AUBURNDALE, FL – Two solid starting pitching performances highlighted opening day for the Clarkson University baseball team, and the Golden Knights came away with a split of a doubleheader against SUNYAC foe Oneonta, dropping the opener 2-0 before rallying in the nightcap 13-5 at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex.

The Golden Knights saw their season open at 1-1 with the split, while the Red Dragons moved to 2-5 overall. Clarkson will take on the SUNYAC’s other Red Dragons, Cortland State, in a nine-inning game on Saturday.

Senior Pete Roma (Endicott, NY) and Steve Ascher locked up in the first game in an impressive pitching duel with different styles being displayed. Roma worked off his fastball to set up off-speed pitches to get weak flyouts and a few strikeouts. Oneonta picked up five hits off the senior righty in his six innings of work and had small rallies in the fifth and in the sixth. In the sixth inning Dylan Stamile led off with a double, but was stranded following a groundout and a pop up. Ascher worked low in the zone with his fastball and a slider that had the Knights fooled, as he struck out 13 hitters in the first six innings with eight looking. Clarkson threatened in the first inning when David Wixted (Ballston Lake, NY) led off with a walk and stole second, but he was stranded after a strikeout to end the inning. In the second, Jarrod Mattingly (Philadelphia, NY) singled and stole second, but he, too, didn’t advance any farther.

Those two rallies were as far as Clarkson would get offensively. Oneonta wouldn’t do much better, and the Red Dragons were held scoreless until the eighth inning. Stamile hit a double that just stayed inside the right-field line and advanced to third on a one-out grounder to shortstop. With two outs, Jon Halligan tripled to the left-center wall to plate Stamile, and he later came home on a single up the middle from Casy Kies. That was all Ascher would need, as he earned his 15th strikeout to start the frame and then finished off the frame with a double play.

In game two, the Knights discovered some good fortune with contact in the first inning and scored six times on five hits. Wixted and John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) each recorded infield singles on the right side and Dan Lenney (Clifton Park, NY) then tripled the duo home with a sinking liner to right-center that eluded a diving outfielder. Lenney scampered home on a sacrifice fly from Greg Jasek (Chittenango, NY), giving Clarkson a 3-0 lead. The Knights then reignited the offense with a walk, a single, and a hit by pitch to load the bases and Tim Beninati (Schoharie, NY) blooped a single to plate the fourth run. Bobby Derico (Watervliet, NY) gained an RBI on a groundout and an overthrow allowed another run to score.

Oneonta picked up a run in the bottom half of the second on a two-out double and the Red Dragons pushed two more across in the third. However, Jarrod Mattingly was able to make three plays in the inning off the mount to end the threat, including tagging out a runner near the plate with two down in the inning.

The offenses would be quiet until the top of the sixth when Clarkson picked up seven runs. The inning would start with a single from Beninati and then Derico reached on an error. After a sacrifice bunt from Wixted, John Coleman delivered a two-run single. Jasek then plated Coleman and a bases loaded walk allowed another run to score. Beninati finished off the inning with a single that scored two runs, and by staying in a run down he allowed another to score to make the score 13-3. The Red Dragons did pick up a pair of runs in the bottom half of the sixth to cut the lead, but Clarkson stopped the modest rally to hold on for the win.

SLU BASEBALL

Fredonia State scored three runs in the top of the fourth and broke a 4-4 tie with two in the top of the seventh en route a 7-4 win over St. Lawrence in Ft. Myers, FL.

The Saints fell to 4-3 heading into a final Florida game against Coast Guard on Saturday. Fredonia is 1-2 on the season.

The Saints scored single runs in the bottom of the second, third and fourth and added another in the bottom of the sixth, but Fredonia took the lead for good in the top of the seventh and tacked on a run in the eighth for the win. The Blue Devils had 17 hits against a trio of Saint pitchers. Chris Kellogg was the Saint starter, Mike Dell’Olio took the loss in relief and Sam Downes pitched a scoreless inning

Brian Magovney singled and scored on a two out double by Kevin Prindle in the second and Mark Syron walked, stole second and third and scored on Bryan Palermo’s ground out in the third. Chris Fernandez walked and came around on Andrew Schreyack’s two-out single in the fourth and Fernandez singled, stole second, went to third on Devin Robson’s single and scored on a double play groundout for the run in the sixth.

Fredonia’s go-ahead runs in the top of the seventh came with two outs when the Blue Devils strung three straight singles and took advantage of a Saint error.

Schreyack went three for four for the Saints while Palermo, Magovney and Prindle had two hits each.

SLU WOMEN’S LAX

The St. Lawrence University women’s lacrosse team lost its final game in West Palm Beach, FL, as SUNY Fredonia jumped out to an 8-2 first half lead en route to a 12-7 victory over the Saints. Kiera Taussig and Chloe Knapp had two goals each for St. Lawrence, while Fredonia was led by Marissa Cussins and Katie Glagolev who each had four tallies.

The Blue Devils (2-2) outshot the Saints (1-3) by a 21-17 margin, including a 13-5 edge in the decisive first half. St. Lawrence committed 12 turnovers in the opening half, and though they outscored Fredonia in the second half, Jessica Zagari made seven saves to ensure the win. Addie Cunningham also made 12 saves for the Scarlet and Brown. Emma Garfield added a goal for St. Lawrence, which is slated to be in action again on Thursday at SUNY Potsdam starting at 4 p.m.

SLU WOMEN’S SOFTBALL

On the final day of competition in Clermont, Florida the St. Lawrence softball team dropped a pair of contests to Hood College and the United States Coast Guard Academy to finish with a 5-7 record.

The day got off to a heartbreaking start for the St. Lawrence softball team as they suffered a 2-1 loss to Hood College.

In the second game against the United States Coast Guard Academy, the Saints surrendered a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning and Coast Guard never looked back.

The next scheduled game for the Saints is set for April 1 at home against SUNY Potsdam at 3:30 p.m.

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