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POTSDAM - Entering the weekend with a .500 mark in conference play, the Clarkson University baseball team will look to climb the Liberty League standings when they take on North Country Rival St. Lawrence University in a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday at Castle Diamond on the Skidmore College campus.

Play will begin at 1:30 pm on Saturday and noon on Sunday.

The Golden Knights stand at 7-7 on the year with a 3-3 league record. Clarkson split a pair of doubleheaders last weekend against Vassar College, losing 7-5 in game one on Saturday before winning 13-9 on game two. The Knights would then win the opening game on Sunday 8-4 before falling 6-4 in the second game.

Clarkson held a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning in game one against Vassar on Saturday, but the Brewers rallied for six runs in the bottom of the frame and hung on for the 7-5 victory. Sophomore Anthony Padrazo (Setaucket, NY) had a pair of RBIs and senior Jarrod Mattingly (Philadelphia, NY) pitched well through the first five innings before Vassar strung together some hits and tagged him for five earned runs in the sixth inning to give him his first loss of the season.

The Knights would get back to their winning ways in the nightcap as Clarkson scored six in the sixth inning as they took down the Brewers 13-9 in game two. Eight Knights knocked in runs, lead by three from senior Dave Wixted (Ballston Lake, NY). Freshman Eddie Miller (Lake Grove, NY) picked up the victory as he allowed nine hits and five earned runs over six innings to earn his second win of the season. Vassar committed 10 errors between the two games on Saturday.

Entering the bottom of the sixth inning down 4-3, Clarkson rallied for five runs in the inning to lock down the win in game one on Saturday. Four hits, including three singles and a triple, all knocked in runs in the inning, highlighted by junior Tim Beninati’s (Schoharie, NY) two RBI triple. Sophomore Greg Jasek (Chittenango, NY) went the distance, allowing three earned runs over seven innings to earn his second win of the year.

The Brewers got to senior Pete Roma (Endicott, NY) for four runs over 4.2 innings in the second game on Sunday, and Vassar held off a late Clarkson rally for the 6-4 win. Junior John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) recorded a pair of sacrifice flies on the afternoon, but the Knights could not take advantage of eight walks and three errors by the Brewers.

Three Knights are hitting above .300 this season, led by freshman Chris Miller (Ballston Lake, NY) at .370. Coleman is next in line, batting .346, and Wixted is hitting an even .300 through 14 games this season. Coleman leads the team with 10 RBI, followed by Jasek and senior Dan Lenney (Clifton Park, NY) with eight each. Jasek, Miller, and Mattingly have all recorded a pair of victories for the Green and Gold, and Jasek’s 16 strikeouts leads the team.

The Saints enter the weekend with a record of 8-7, including a mark of 4-3 in the Liberty League. St. Lawrence is coming off a weekend in which they were swept by Union College on Saturday, losing 2-1 and 7-1, before beating the Dutchmen 7-1 on Sunday. They also won three of four games against the University of Rochester earlier in the year.

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