-Score: Clark University 13, Castleton University 7
-Records: Clark (11-7), Castleton (6-7)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Diamond)
-The Lead: The Clark University baseball team exploded for 19 hits and 13 runs in a non-conference win over the Spartans of Castleton University on Monday evening. Junior Zach Kelley (Hadley, Mass.) had a 4-for-5 night at the plate with four RBIs leading Clark to victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Castleton struck in the top of the first to take an early lead. After a pair of groundouts opened the frame, senior Jonathan Lindau (Middletown, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch and Davis Mikell (Williston, Vt.) extended the inning with a walk. With two on and two outs, Mitchell Caron (Augusta, Maine) smacked an RBI single up the middle to give the Spartans the upper hand, 1-0.
-After Clark tied the game on an RBI single by Kelley in the home half of the first, the Cougars opened a 3-1 lead on a two-run home run by sophomore Ryan Ruhlin (Portland, Maine) in the bottom of the second. Mikell answered right back for the Spartans, smashing a two-run homer of his own in the top of the third to tie things back up at 3-3.
-The level game was brief, however, as the Cougars exploded for seven runs on seven singles and two walks in the bottom of the fourth to blow the game open. After a groundout started the inning, four straight singles and two walks gave Clark a 6-3 lead. Kelley drove in two more with an RBI single, before back-to-back RBI base hits by sophomores Nick Jordan (Seaford, N.Y.) and Andrew Thibault (Nashua, N.H.) extended the Clark advantage to 10-3.
- Castleton loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth, but was only able to get two runs back. Alex Borsari (Bolton, Mass.) scored one on a fielder's choice and Pat Mumford (Fairbanks, Alaska) lofted an RBI single to right field to cut into the deficit. The Spartans were poised for more with runners at the corners and the top of the order coming to bat, but an inning-ending double play ended the threat with Clark still in command, 10-5.
- Freshman Andy Kenosh (Rutland, Vt.) fired three scoreless innings in relief, but Clark added three insurance runs on five hits in the bottom of the eighth. Lindau and Mikell notched back-to-back RBI doubles in the ninth, but it wasn't enough as the Cougars claimed the 13-7 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Kelley and Thibault each went 4-for-5 for Clark as the home team finished with 19 hits.
-Senior Conor Walsh (Marston Mills, Mass.) opened the game on the mound allowing three runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout over four innings. Freshman Alex Macek (Milford, Mass.) earned his first collegiate win on the mound, coming in to pitch in the fifth. He went two innings, allowing two hits, two runs and striking out two batters.
-Cameron Goulet (Winsted, Conn.) suffered the loss on the mound, allowing 10 runs on 12 hits with a strikeout and two walks over four innings. Kenosh was strong with three scoreless innings in relief, while Senior Aaron Smith (Middlebury, Vt.) was tagged for three runs in one inning.
-Clark travels to MIT tomorrow, Tuesday April 3rd for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference contest at 3:30 p.m.
-Castleton will look to bounce back at 11 a.m. on Tuesday for a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader at New England College.