-Score: Clark University 16, Coast Guard Academy 1
-Records: Clark (20-9, NEWMAC 11-4), Coast Guard (8-17, NEWMAC 2-12)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Field)
-The Lead: The Clark University baseball team proved to be too much for the Bears of Coast Guard Academy to handle as they ran away with a 16-1 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory on Friday afternoon. The Cougars posted 17 hits including two triples and two homeruns in the victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Clark took an early lead with four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Dylan Horn (Sterling, Conn.) started the game with a lead-off single to left field and graduate student Kyle Bonicki (Waterbury, Conn.) followed up with a huge triple to center field to score Horn. Senior Teddy Downing (Cambridge, Mass.) flew out to right field to earn an RBI when Bonicki came home (2-0).
-With the bases open, junior Zach Kelley (Hadley, Mass.) got himself on base with a single to right field and moved into scoring position when sophomore Derek Lefebvre (Goton, Mass.) singled to third. With two outs sophomore Andrew Thibault (Nashua, N.H.) found a hole up the middle with a two RBI single that scored Lefebvre and Kelley (4-0).
-The Cougars added another seven runs in bottom of the second. Bonicki recorded his first homerun of the season when he powered one over the fence for two RBIs when sophomore Ryan Ruhlin (Portland, Maine) crossed home in front of him. With the bases loaded Thibault tripled to deep center field to earn three RBIs as sophomore Nick Jordan (Seaford, N.Y.), Lefebvre, and Downing all came home. An RBI single from first year Chris Radovic (Fairfield, Conn.) scored Thibault for the 10-0 lead and in his second at bat of the inning Ruhlin picked up another hit when he doubled to right field to score Radovic (11-0).
-The Bears broke up Clark's run at a shutout with a run in the top of the third inning. Freshman Tom Ankers (Manassas, Va.) got on base with a single to center field and junior Jake Behne (Clifton, Va.) double to left field to send him home (11-1).
-The two teams did not score over the fourth and fifth innings, but Clark was able to add one in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single from Jordan to score Lefebvre.
-Clark extended their lead with four runs in the bottom of the eighth. Downing homered to left center before freshman Trevor Ham (North Andover, Mass.), Ruhlin, and Horn all earned RBIs on unearned runs as Clark took the final 16-1 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Thibault led Clark with five RBIs in a 2-for-3 day at the plate. Bonicki added three RBIs in a 2-for-6 day for the Cougars.
-Junior Cal Slepkow (Rehoboth, Mass.) earned the win on the mound for Clark. He allowed just four hits over six innings pitched, struck out two batters and allowed just one earned run. He improves to 6-1 this season.
-Dustin Reeder (Lincoln, Del.) took the loss for Coast Guard going 1.2 innings, allowing 11 earned runs and striking out one batter. He falls to 0-5 this season.
-Clark and Coast Guard battle it out in two more NEWMAC games tomorrow, April 21st starting a noon in New London, Conn.