Auburndale, Fla. – Cal Slepkow (Rehboth, Mass.) was in total control, tossing a complete game, allowing just one unearned run and the Clark University offense erupted on their way to a 13-1 win over Wittenberg University on Thursday afternoon at Lake Myrtle Complex.
Score: Clark University 13, Wittenberg University 1
Records: Clark University 6-2; Wittenberg University 1-3
Location: Lake Myrtle Field #1, Auburndale, Fla.
How It Happened:
The Cougars pounded out 14 hits and scored the game's final 11 runs of the contest. They went ahead 2-0 in the second inning on a Derek Lefebvre (Groton, Mass.) single through the left side and a Jake Vera (Plainview, N.Y.) sacrifice fly.
Wittenberg did get to Slepkow in the top of the third when a base hit and error were followed by a high chopper that found no man's land, and that pushed across the Tigers' lone run of the game.
After a third inning that only saw then get one run back on a sacrifice fly, the Cougars exploded for five runs in the fourth.
Nick Jordan (Seaford, N.Y.) led off the inning with a double but was picked off by Wittenberg pitcher Aaron Goodpaster. The Cougars then strung together back-to-back singles that chased Goodpaster – and then the flood gated opened. First, Kyle Shaw (Litchfield, N.H.) doubled, bringing home two and then David Rotando (Hastings, N.Y.) followed that with a double of his own, scoring Shaw.
The Cougars added on another run – this one unearned in the fifth and then put the game away with two in the sixth. Jordan redeemed himself with a double to left center that put him and Andrew Thibault (Nashua, N.H.) in scoring position. Lefebvre brought in one run on a sacrifice fly and then the game's final runs came on the two-run homer by Jake Vera (Plainview,, N.Y.).
Inside The Boxscore:
Eight of the nine student-athletes who started for Clark had at least one hit and there were five who had two hits or more. Vera finished 2-for-2 with three runs scored and three RBI and Lefebvre was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Slepkow, meanwhile, went all seven innings, allowing one unearned run, no walks and had four strikeouts.
The Cougars will play a doubleheader on Friday against Beloit College beginning at 3:00 p.m.