-Score Game #1: Clark University 3, WPI 2
-Score Game #2: Clark University 18, WPI 14
-Records: Clark (13-7, NEWMAC 5-2), Babson (10-13, NEWMAC 2-6)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Diamond)
-The Lead: The Clark University baseball team swept the Engineers of WPI in a pair of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games on Saturday afternoon. The first of the two Worcester derby games was a cagey affair while the second game was high scoring with a total of 32 runs scored. The Cougars improve to 13-7 overall and 5-2 in the NEWMAC.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Game #1: Clark 3 , WPI 2
-After a scoreless first inning for both teams, WPI Junior Steven Gallagher (Coventry, R.I.) found a gap in the outfield to earn himself a double at the start of the second inning. Junior Austin Linder (W. Windsor, N.J.) then brought his teammate Gallagher across the plate with his single to left field (0-1).
-The score board stayed quiet for the next two innings with both sides playing great defense highlighted by an impressive athletic catch by Clark shortstop Kyle Bonicki (Waterbury, Conn.) in the fourth inning.
-Clark found their way into scoring position in the bottom of the fifth as sophomore Andrew Thibault (Nashua, N.H.) got on base via an era before stealing second base. Freshman Chris Radovic (Fairfield, Conn.) sent a solid hit up the middle to put himself on first base and bring Thibault home for Clark's first run of the game. (1-1)
-WPI Junior Ryan Tropeano (Pembroke, Mass.) singled to right field before stealing stealing second during the next at bat. Tropeano advanced to third before an error allowed him to continue around the bases and score for the Engineers (1-2)
Clark's offense answered quickly as Ryan Ruhlin (Portland, Maine) doubled with a strong hit to center field. Dylan Horn (Sterling, Conn.) connected with a pitch for a big single to the outfield that brought Ruhlin home to tie the game. Horn continued his impactful inning by stealing second and then advancing to third on a sacrifice fly by Bonicki. Finally Horn found his way across home plate courtesy of another sacrifice fly this time by senior Teddy Downing (Cambridge, Mass). The Cougars headed into the seventh inning with their first lead of the game (2-3).
-Two shutout innings from the Cougars pitching team closed the game out and secured the conference win for Clark.
-Junior Cal Slepkow (Rehoboth, Mass.) earned the victory on the mound for the Cougars and improves to 5-1 this season. Downing earned his third save of the season and added a strikeout as the Cougars took the 3-2 victory. The victory meant that Slepkow broke the record for most wins for Clark University baseball with 15.
Game #2: Clark 18 , WPI 14
-Zack Kelley (Hadley, Mass.) tripled to right field to get the game's scoring underway and earn himself 2 RBIs as Downing and Horn scored. Derek Lefebvre (Groton, Mass.) then grounded out as Kelley scored (3-0).
-Radovic continued the cougars early scoring as he homered over left field (4-0). Fellow Freshman Steven Mooney (Buffalo, N.Y.) singled to left field pairing nicely with Bonicki's double to right center set up Downing perfectly for two RBI's when he hit a well struck single to right field. Mooney and Bonicki scored to increase the Cougar's lead to 6-0.
-Senior Matt Howard (Worcester, Mass.) singled to left center to put the engineers on the board, Steven Gallagher (Coventry, R.I.) scored while Josh Herlands (Glastonbury, Conn.) advanced to third (6-1). Lindner doubled earning three RBIs and reducing Clark's lead to just two runs. Linder found his way over home as well when Salvatore Lombardo (Flemington, N.J.) doubled to left center to mount more pressure on the Cougar's offense.(6-5)
-Clark followed up with seven runs of their own to complete the high scoring inning. Clark distanced themselves from the Engineers through hits by Downing, Kelley, Lefevbre, James Huber (Rochester NY), Thibault, Radovic, and Mooney (13-5).
-WPI continued to find success with the bat earning two more runs in the top of the fifth. However, Clark's offense kept scoring as the bases were loaded quickly despite not having a hit in the inning. Two single RBIs made the score 15-7. Horn singled down the infield line to round off the three score inning for Clark. Clark extended their lead to 11 runs with two more runs in the sixth(18-7).
-A run for WPI at the top of the 7th combined with a late 6 run comeback effort in the 9th inning highlighted by a Lombardo three run homerun gave the Engineers a fighting chance until Clark pitcher Daniel Davidoff (Old Tappan, N.J.) got the final out to secure the victory.
-Freshman Sean Savage (Berkley Hights, N.J.) earned the victory on the mound for his second win of the season.
-Clark and WPI are back in action tomorrow, Sunday, April 8th for a single, nine inning NEWMAC game back at the Granger Diamond at 12:00 p.m.