March 11, 2012

Cougars Stymied By Tigers' Pitching On Trip's Final Day

Winter Haven, Fla. – Wittenberg College got two standout pitching performances, handcuffing the Clark offense as the Tigers swept a pair of games from the Cougars, winning the first 3-0 and then the nightcap 9-1 on Clark's final day of action at the RussMatt Invitational on Saturday morning.

The Cougars end their ten-game trip in the Sunshine State at 1-9, having dropped their final six contests.

Saturday's first game turned out to be a pitcher's duel between Brian Sullivan (Auburn, Mass.) and Wittenberg's Zach Finke. Both hurlers had shutouts going through seven innings as neither team could push across a run.

Finally, in the top of the eighth, the Tigers put three on the board highlighted by an RBI double by Brandon Reaman and a run-scoring single by Graham Wolff.

Finke went the distance, allowing just three hits, walking none and striking out ten, while Sullivan scattered eight hits in his eight innings of work, yielding three runs (two earned) and fanning five.

Game two saw the Tigers score three runs in the first off of starter Saul Ramirez (New York, N.Y.), as Wolff and Matt Hampp each had RBI singles.

Wittenberg tacked on another run in the second on an unearned run, and then plated two more on a two-run single by Reaman, making the score 6-0 after four innings.

The Tigers added a pair of runs in the fifth before Clark finally got on the board on a sacrifice fly by Nicholas Kellogg (Florence, Mass.).

The Cougars are off until Friday when they open up NEWMAC play with a home contest against Coast Guard at 3:00 p.m.