Cougars Complete NEWMAC Sweep Over Coast Guard on Senior Day

Cougars Complete NEWMAC Sweep Over Coast Guard on Senior Day

THE BASICS

-Score Game One: Clark University 15, Coast Guard Academy 0

-Score Game Two: Clark University 2, Coast Guard Academy 1

-Records: Clark (16-20, NEWMAC 7-10), Coast Guard (15-18, NEWMAC 4-13)

-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Field)

-The Lead: The Clark University baseball team completed the three-game sweep over the Bears of Coast Guard Academy in a pair of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games on Saturday afternoon. Prior to the game the Cougars recognized four graduating seniors for Senior Day: Cal Slepkow (Rehoboth, Mass.), Zach Kelley (Hadley, Mass.), Dan Shaw (Arlington, Mass.) and Daniel Davidoff (Old Tappan, N.J.).

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game One: Clark 15, CGA 0

-Junior Derek Lefebvre (Groton, Mass.) led off with a single to right center in the bottom of the second and Kelley followed up with a homer over the left field fence for the 2-0 advantage. With no outs junior Ryan Ruhlin (Portland, Maine) singled to left field, junior Nick Jordan (Seaford, N.Y.) singled to first base, and junior Rudy Sarro (New Fairfield, Conn.) reached on a fielding error by the Bears to score Ruhlin (3-0). Kelley got things rolling in the bottom of the third with another shot over the left field fence and Ruhlin followed with a solo shot to center field to give the Cougars the 6-0 lead.

-Lefebvre sent a two-run homer to over the left field fence to extend Clark's lead to 8-0 after four. Junior Dylan Horn (Sterling, Conn.) came home on a sacrifice fly from junior Andrew Thibault (Nashua, N.H.) in the bottom of the fifth for the 9-0 lead.

-The Cougars exploded for five more runs on seven hits in the bottom of the sixth. Jordan started the run with a double down the left field line and came home on a single from Horn. Sophomore Chris Radovic (Fairfield, Conn.) earned an RBI when Horn came home for the 12-0 lead. Kelley earned an RBI with a double to right center to score junior junior Collin Porter (Brookfield, Conn) and Ruhlin came up with an RBI single to left for the 14-0 go-ahead after six.

-Radovic capped off scoring in game one when he homered to left field for the 15-0 final victory.

-Slepkow earned the victory on the mound for Clark and improved to 8-3 on the season. He went seven innings, struck out six batters, allowed no runs scored and just two hits.  

-Kelley led the Cougars at the plate going 3-for-5 with five RBI and two runs scored. Ruhlin finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored and Lefebvre went 4-for-5 with two RBI and four runs scored. Clark finished with 18 hits from seven different players.

-Dustin Reeder (Lincoln, R.I.) falls to 3-2 on the season for Coast Guard as he went 2.1 innings, allowed seven hits, six runs scored, and struck out two batters.

Game Two: Clark 2, CGA 1

-After three scoreless innings the Cougars got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when sophomore James Huber (Rochester, N.Y.) singled to third to score Porter for the 1-0 lead.

-The hosts put up an insurance run when Sarro doubled down the left field line and came home on single up the middle from Porter (2-0).

-The Bears got one run back in the top of the sixth when the bases were loaded on walks and senior Luke Thompson (San Ramon, Calif.) reached on a fielder's choice to score sophomore Tom Ankers (Manassas, Va.)

-The Cougars used four strikeouts over the last three innings from sophomore Nick Guarino (New Haven, Conn.) to secure the 2-1 victory and the sweep.

-Guarino earned the win with 10 strikeouts over nine innings pitched and improves to 2-4 on the season.

-Sophomore James Huber (Rochester, N.Y.) went 3-for-4 with one RBI to lead the Cougars in game two. Porter finished 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored in the victory.

-Junior Brett Sullivan (Granby, Mass.) took the loss in eight innings pitched. He struck out six batters, allowed 11 hits and two runs scored.

UP NEXT

-Clark hosts Amherst College on Monday, April 29th for a non-conference game at 6:00 p.m.

-Coast Guard travels to Pine Manor on the same day for a 3:30 p.m. match-up.