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Clarkson baseball splits pair with Skidmore; Potsdam laxwomen outscore Canton

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POTSDAM - Senior Bryan Chudy (Goshen, NY) allowed just four hits over seven innings for his first complete-game victory of the season as the Clarkson University baseball earned yet another Liberty League doubleheader split, besting RIT in the opener 2-1 before falling in the second contest 5-3 Sunday afternoon at Jack Phillips Stadium at Snell Field.

The Golden Knights moved to 8-10 overall and 5-5 in the Liberty League, while the Tigers remained a game over .500 overall at 7-6 and moved to 2-4 in conference contests.

In the opener the Knights began the contest by loading the bases without the benefit of a hit with David Wixted (Ballston Lake, NY) leading things off when he was hit by a pitch on the second offering of the game. He promptly stole second and third bases, but didn’t come around to score until the fifth hitter of the game, Matt Jenack (Massena, NY) hit a liner to right field for a sacrifice fly. Clarkson tacked on another run in the third inning when John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) laced a liner back at the pitcher with two outs in the frame. He stole second and raced around to score on a Greg Jasek (Chittenango, NY) single through the right side, giving the Knights a 2-0 advantage.

Those two runs were all that Clarkson would need as Chudy delivered another solid outing, allowing only a soft single in the first inning until the sixth. A one-out hit by pitch started RIT’s rally in the top of that inning and another tapper ended up loading the bases, allowing Brian Brazee to hit a sacrifice fly to center to score pinch-hitter Tyler Ramotar. In the seventh, the Tigers got a lead off single, but two groundouts and a strikeout ended the game as Chudy finished with a four-hitter with five strikeouts.

In the second game, the Tigers often were able to get out of trouble by turning three double plays in the game, none more important than in the first inning. With the bases loaded in the middle of the order up, Skip Flanagan picked up a hot groundball by Dan Lenney (Clifton Park, NY) and came home for the force before trotting back to second to finish off the double play and end the threat. The Tigers used that momentum to their advantage by plating a pair of unearned runs in the second with a two-out grounder being mishandled and allowing the runs to come around. The score would remain 2-0 in favor of RIT until the fifth when Clarkson was able to begin a two-out rally with a Kyle Henchey (Rensselaer, NY) walk. Following a single from Wixted which put runners on first and third, Henchey scored on a wild pitch and John Coleman followed with a single to right to score Wixted, who had advanced to second on the wild pitch. The Knights then added an unearned run of their own in the top of the sixth as Matt Jenack began the inning with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Bobby Derico (Watervliet, NY) then plated Jenack with a liner to right to give Clarkson a 3-2 lead.

However, RIT would score three in the bottom of the seventh inning as Ronnie Canestro drove in two with a two-out double to right-center and then came around himself on a Skip Flanagan single to left. Clarkson went down quietly in the final two innings with six straight batters retired.

The Knights struck for 10 hits in game two, led by John Coleman’s 3-for-4 effort. Both Wixted and Jenack also had two hits in the contest for Clarkson. For the Tigers, the top three hitters in the lineup combined for five of the team’s eight hits, including two by Jaren Bell and two more by Flanagan.

SLU BASEBALL SWEEPS SKIDMORE

Senior Carter Franz hit a two-run homer in the top of the third inning and junior Kevin Prindle made it stand up for his first St. Lawrence University victory and Franz, Jeff Kott and Paul Piatelli provided key hits in game two as the Saints swept a Liberty League doubleheader with Skidmore, 2-1 and 7-2 at Tom Fay Field Sunday afternoon.

The Saints, who are scheduled to play a league makeup pair at Union on Tuesday, improve to 10-4 overall and 5-1 in the Liberty League after taking three of four in the two-day series with Skidmore. The Saints trail only Union, which is off to a 7-1 start in league play, in the league standings.

Prindle, a transfer from Hamilton, scattered five hits and allowed only a second-inning run to Skidmore in his first start since a four inning stint against Monmouth on March 16. He walked two, struck out three and hit a batter in a seven-inning complete game win.

Skidmore, batting as the home team, took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Matty Tatkow was hit by a pitch with two out and Mike Pannozzi singled him home. The Saints did their damage against Skidmore starter Jordan Keysor when Mark Syron singled, stole second and rode Franz’ towering homer to right home for a 2-1 Saint lead.

The Saint defense helped Prindle with three double plays and did not make an error.

In game two junior starter Chris Kellogg went five innings, allowing two runs on eight hits to earn the win and the Saints padded a 4-2 lead with a three-run seventh to complete the sweep.

The Saints opened the scoring without a hit in the top of the first as Skidmore starter Andrew Bannon walked Sryon and the Saint sophomore moved to second when a pickoff attempt went awry. He went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Franz. It went to 2-0 in the top of the third when Bryan Palermo led off with a single to right, Syron was hit by a pitch and Franz singled to load the bases. Khifer O’Connor hit into a double play, but Palermo scored from third. It went to 3-0 in the top of the fourth when Piatelli homered to right.

Skidmore got on the board in the bottom of the Tatkow singled with two out, stole second and after a walk and a hit batter moved him to third, Jeremy Selecky singled to drive him home. The Saints went up 4-1 in the top of the fifth as singles by Palermo and Syron, and a walk to Franz loaded the bases with the run scoring on O’Connor’s ground out.

While the Thoroughbreds made it 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth on singles by Geoff Green and Alex Barber and a two-out base hit by Tatkow, the Saints broke it open with a three run seventh. Franz singled and stole second, O’Connor drew an intention al walk and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Jeff Kott then delivered a hard single down the third base line to score two, and after Kott stole second, Matt DeLuca drove him home with a single up the middle.

Eric McGuire and Andrew Weitzel worked in relief of Kellogg, who improved to 2-0 and Bannon, the first of six Skidmore pitchers, took the loss.

POTSDAM LAXWOMEN DROP CANTON

The Potsdam women’s lacrosse team (4-4) ran past North Country rival SUNY Canton (4-4) 18-7 in a nonconference match up this afternoon. The Potsdam offense was led by sophomore Bailey Weigel (East Amherst, N.Y.) and freshman Bri McClusky (Watertown, N.Y.), who each totaled seven points in the contest.

Sophomore midfielder Tressa Goolden (Canton, N.Y.) led the Kangaroos with three goals and two assists.

Potsdam opened up the scoring early. Just under a minute into the contest junior attack Michelle Varney (Canton, N.Y.) drove to the net for an unassisted score. Canton answered at 25:49, but just 16 seconds later Varney hit the back of the net for her second of the day to give the Bears the lead for good. Her goal sparked a 6-0 scoring run for the Bears, giving them a 7-1 advantage at 7:36. Canton was able to go on a short run of its own with five and a half minutes remaining in the half. The Kangaroos scored three unanswered goals before Potsdam stopped the momentum with a goal from Weigel off a pass from McClusky with 32 seconds to go in the half. The Bears took an 8-4 lead into the break.

The Bears got off to a strong start in the second half with a 4-0 run. Sophomore midfielder Margaret Wall (Rochester, N.Y.) scored the first two of the streak followed by Varney’s third of the day and found freshman defender Maggie McCabe (Camillus, N.Y.) first collegiate tally for a 12-4 advantage with 17:47 left. Canton scored twice to slow the Bears momentum, but not stop it. Potsdam started another 4-0 run with a goal from McClusky at 14:23. Senior midfielder Julie Perna (Williamsville, N.Y.) scored just under two minutes later off a free position attempt, with McClusky and Weigel piling on to make it 16-6 at the 10:27 mark. Canton netted just one more goal on the day about three minutes later. As the clock ran down Potsdam tacked on two more. Weigel was fed by freshman midfielder Brittany Blake (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) for a goal at 4:34 and with 33 seconds to go in the game freshman Lizzie Marchbank (Liverpool, N.Y.) took the ball to the goal for an unassisted score and her first collegiate goal.

Junior goalie Jen Chmiel (Rochester, N.Y.) recorded eight saves on 15 shots on in the first 47:42 to record her fourth career win.

Freshman Sally Mooney (New Albany, Ohio) played the final 12:18, collecting two ground balls and forcing a turnover. Roos freshman goalie Alyssa Altschuler (Cheshire, Conn.) finished with 11 stops.

The Bears finished with advantages in shots (39-22), ground balls (36-23) and draw controls (17-10). Weigel seized another nine draw controls on the day.

Potsdam begins a four-game road trip this afternoon, when the Bears will faceoff against SUNYAC foe SUNY Oneonta at 4 p.m.

SLU SOFTBALL SETTLES FOR SPLIT

The St. Lawrence University softball team earned another split in Liberty League competition, rebounding from a 9-1 loss in five innings in the opener to shutout Union College by the score of 6-0 in game two. The Saints, who improve to 9-9 on the season and 2-2 in the conference, will travel to Clinton, NY for a non-conference doubleheader against Hamilton on Wednesday.

St. Lawrence received an outstanding pitching performance from sophomore Kyle Plimpton in game two as she pitched a complete-game shutout, scattering five hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out nine to improve to 4-5 on the season. Meanwhile, the Saints’ defense played errorless ball in the nightcap and also got the job done offensively, scoring six runs on 11 hits.

Cailyn Welsh, Leslie Stratton, Natasha Bell and Audra Caine each had a pair of hits in game two and combined for four of the six runs.

The Saints took a commanding 4-0 lead in the second inning as they scored four unearned runs on four hits. Bell and Chelsea Cavellier had RBI singles in the inning.

In the top of the fifth inning, Welsh and Caine added back-to-back two-out RBI doubles, chasing Union starting pitcher Sarah Logan from the game. Becky Allen, who reached on a fielder’s choice in the inning, came around to score on Welsh’s double, then Caine hit home Welsh.

In the opener, St. Lawrence was overpowered offensively by the Dutchwomen, who combined for 13 hits and 8 earned runs. Meanwhile, the Saints could only muster one run off six hits against Union’s pitcher Allyson Staats.

St. Lawrence took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Cavellier smacked her first homerun of the season.

However, Union scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings to put the game out of reach early.



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