-Score Game 1: Clark University 2, Springfield College 1
-Score Game 2: Springfield College 3, Clark University 1
-Records: Clark (17-9, NEWMAC 9-4), Springfield (18-9-2, NEWMAC 7-5)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Diamond)
-The Lead: The Clark University baseball team split a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) West Division doubleheader with the Pride of Springfield College on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars used a walk-off hit from Kyle Bonicki (Waterbury, Conn.) to defeat the Pride, 2-1, in the first game, before Springfield College came back and knocked off the hosts, 3-1, in game two. Prior to the start of the game Clark recognized five seniors for their Senior Day - Bonicki, Teddy Downing (Cambridge, Mass.), Conor Walsh (Marstons Mills, Mass.), Patrick Robinson (Watertown, Conn.) and Josh Dobratz (Southington, Conn.).
HOW IT HAPPENED
Game One: Clark 2, Springfield College 1
-After Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) evened the score at one with an RBI double in the top of the eighth inning, Bonicki came up with a single to left, plating Chris Radovic (Fairfield, Conn.) to lift the Cougars to a 2-1 victory in the first of two games on Saturday.
-Junior Brian Johnson (East Haddam, Conn.) took his second loss of the season as he went 8.0 innings, giving up eight hits and one run while striking out eight. Offensively, Jake Gleason (South Dennis, Mass.) and Noah Bleakley (Granby, Mass.) had two hits apiece, while Joao had the Pride's lone RBI.
-The two sides were scoreless through four and a half innings, as Clark struck first in the bottom of the fifth when Ryan Ruhlin (Portland, Maine) singled to right field, scoring Radovic to make it 1-0 Cougars. In the top of the eighth, Jack Cooney (Pittsfield, Mass.) singled to center, before coming all the way around on a double to left field from Joao, making it 1-1.
-Clark initiated a rally in the bottom of the ninth when Radovic singled to center, before moving to second when Ruhlin was hit by a pitch, guaranteeing him first base. Two batters later, Bonicki singled to left, plating Radovic to lift the Cougars to victory.
- Junior Dan Shaw (Arlington, Mass.) started on the mound for the Cougars and pitched seven shutout innings with three strikeouts and just four hits allowed.
-Downing earned the win when he came in to pitch two innings and struck out five batters.
Game Two: Springfield College 3, Clark 1
-Sophomore pitcher Shawn Babineau (Ashland, Mass.) had an effective outing for the Pride in game two as he pitched a complete game, giving up just seven hits while striking out 10 batters for the third time this season. Offensively, went 2-for-5 with an RBI, while Joao also went 2-for-4 with a run driven in. Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.) also stole two bases in the victory.
-Springfield College opened a 3-0 lead in the top of the second as Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) singled to short, plating Cam Rivest (Agawam, Mass.), before Cooney reached on a fielder's choice, allowing Logan Barrett (Petersham, Mass.) to score, making it 2-0, Pride. Next up, Joao singled to left to score Russo, resulting in a three-run inning for the maroon and white.
-From there, Babineau locked in, as the lefty struck out two batters in the fifth and sixth innings, before getting to the ninth inning without a Clark base runner advancing past second base. Derek Lefebvre (Groton, Mass.) led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run to make it 3-1, but Babineau was able to force the last two outs to seal the win.
-Freshman Nick Guarino (New Haven, Conn.) took the loss on the mound for Clark and falls to 1-4 on the season. Robinson pitched seven shutout innings of relief for the Cougars and posted an impressive seven strikeouts.
-Clark travels to Emerson College on Tuesday, April 17th for a NEWMAC game at 3:30 p.m.
-Springfield hosts Elms College in non-conference action on Monday, April 16th at 3:30 p.m.