Lions Use Late Rally to Defeat Clark, 8-7

Lions Use Late Rally to Defeat Clark, 8-7

THE BASICS

-Score: Penn State Altoona 8, Clark University 7

-Records: Clark (1-3), Penn State Altoona (2-5)

-Location: Auburndale, Fla. (Lake Myrtle Park)

-The Lead: Penn State Altoona baseball overcame a 6-1 deficit on Wednesday evening, coming back to defeat Clark University 8-7 at Lake Myrtle Park in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. Wednesday's game was the continuation of Tuesday's contest, which was halted after one-and-a-half innings due to rain.

HOW IT HAPPENED

- Penn State Altoona (2-5) trailed 6-1 after five innings, but the Lions capitalized on opportunities to plate seven runs over the next four innings, surging past Clark (1-3) to grab the victory.

-The game started Tuesday with Clark grabbing a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Nick Jordan's (Seaford, N.Y.) sacrifice fly to right. Penn State Altoona tied the game in the top of the second inning when Austin Anderson (Macungie, Penn.) drew a walk and later came around to score on James Mays' (Dyer, IN) RBI single to right.

- After the third out of the top of the second inning, the teams were called off the field and the game was suspended.

-Play resumed Wednesday evening, with Clark reclaiming the lead in the bottom of the third. Jordan hit another sac fly to put the Cougars back in front, and Kai Herko's (Friday Harbor, Wash.) RBI single to left-center made it 3-1. Clark added a run in the fourth on Andrew Thibault's (Nashua, N.H.) run-scoring double down the left field line, then increased its lead to 6-1 in the fifth when Jordan and Herko each scored on wild pitches.

-But Penn State Altoona began to chip away at its deficit over the next three innings. Clayton Hain (Schaefferstown, Penn.) scored on a double play in the sixth to make it 6-2, and a sac fly from Dylan Bates (Towanda, Penn.) and RBI single by Anderson cut Clark's advantage to 6-4 in the seventh. The Lions tied the game in the eighth when Hunter Breon (Boiling Springs, Penn.) scored on a balk and Chase Clouser (Dublin, OH) scored when Hain was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

-The Lions completed their comeback in the top of the ninth inning. Richard Carey (Milton, Del.) led off the frame with a walk, then moved to second when an errant throw on Jordan McCall's (Hollidaysburg, Penn.) sacrifice bunt allowed both runners to be safe. In the next at bat, Breon put down a sac bunt that led to another Clark throwing error, which sent both Carey and McCall home to give Penn State Altoona an 8-6 lead.

-The Lions hung on to clinch the win in the bottom of the ninth. Collin Porter (Brookfield, Conn.) led off the inning and reached on an error, and he later scored on a two-out throwing error to cut Penn State Altoona's lead to 8-7. But a strikeout ended the game for the Lions.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Jordan led the Cougars at the plate with a 1-for-3 day with two RBIs and one run scored. Thibault finished 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.

- At the plate, the Lions were led by Anderson, who went 2-for-4 with one run batted in, one run scored, and one walk. Bates, Hain, and Mays each finished 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Tyler Manger (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) tossed four innings of relief to pick up his first win of the season, allowing just three hits, no earned runs, and no walks. He also struck out four batters.

-Aaron Sharp (Freeburg, Penn.) started on the mound and took a no decision. He pitched five innings and allowed six hits, four walks, and two earned runs while striking out six batters.

-Clark sent six pitchers to the mound throughout the nine innings. First year Jafar Vohra (Shelton, Conn.) started the game, pitched two innings, allowed three hits, one run scored, and struck out three batters. Sophomore Sean Savage (Berkley Heights, N.J.) came in for four innings, allowed two hits, one run, and struck out two batters. Senior Daniel Davidoff (Old Tappan, N.J.) closed out the game and took the ultimate loss as he falls to 0-1 this season.

UP NEXT

-Clark is back at Lake Myrtle Park on Friday, March 8th for two games with Mitchell College and Suffolk University at 9:00 AM and 12:45 PM.