Worcester, Mass. - Powered by a three-hit,
four-RBI day from hit machine Scott Hollingsworth
(Tilton, N.H.) and the first career homerun from junior
Peter Lewis (Gardiner, Maine), Clark opened up its
2010 home baseball slate with a 15-7 win over visiting Gordon
College on Wednesday afternoon at Granger Field.
With the win, the Cougars snap a brief two-game slide, improving their overall record to 4-5, while the Fighting Scots slip to 2-5.
Clark also got a solid start from freshman Andrew LeBlanc (Farmington, Conn.), who tossed six innings of five-hit ball, while striking out six and allowing just one earned run to pick up his first collegiate victory.
After getting out of a bases loaded scenario in the first inning, LeBlanc's teammates put three runs across in the bottom of the opening frame to give him an early cushion. Mitch DeLorenzo (Berlin, Conn.) drove in the first run with a triple to right center and after a walk to Ronald Bathrick (North Haven, Conn.), Kevin Kopec (Katonah, N.Y.) doubled home a pair.
Clark opened the game up in the second when they scored seven runs, upping their advantage to 10-0. Wildness from starting pitcher Andrew Zgrablich and reliever John Kanas aided the offensive output as those two combined to uncork four wild pitches in the frame, allowing three runs to score. The other four runs came on a Hollingsworth two-run single and a Bathrick two-run double.
The Fighting Scots made things interesting in the fifth, pushing five runs across highlighted by run scoring hits from Zgrablich, Willy Whittet, and sacrifice flies from Eric Wolak and JT Waldie.
The Cougars immediately answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, when Hollingsworth drove in two more runs and DeLorenzo plated another on a sacrifice fly of his own.
Clark put the game away in the sixth with Lewis' two-run blast to left center.
In addition to Hollingsworth's 3-for-6 day, leadoff hitter Stephen DeMartino (East Haven, Conn.) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Lewis had the Cougars' other multi-hit day with a 2-for-3, three-run performance.
Clark will return to action on Thursday when they host Rivier College beginning at 3 p.m.
April 29, 2010 Cougars Get 12-1 Win Behind Merritt
April 27, 2010 Senior Sendoff - DiMarco, DeMartino Shine In Wild Win
April 27, 2010 Cougar Duo Named All-Conference
April 23, 2010 Cougars Eliminated In NEWMAC Tournament
April 21, 2010 Cougars Upended By WPI, 11-4
April 18, 2010 Cougars Get Split With MIT, DiMarco Collects Hit No. 100
April 15, 2010 Cougars Take Out Corsairs, 8-7
April 13, 2010 Beavers Get Revenge With 11-0 Win
April 12, 2010 Kopec Named NEWMAC Player of the Week
April 10, 2010 Cougars, Pride Split Twinbill
April 8, 2010 Lyons Roar Past Cougars, 16-8
April 6, 2010 Cougars Score 14, Knock Off No. 1 In New England
April 2, 2010 DeLorenzo Powers Cougars Past RIC, 13-8
April 1, 2010 Lyons Stop Cougars' Streak, 3-1
March 29, 2010 DiMarco Named NEWMAC Player of the Week
March 27, 2010 Cougar Nine Gets Much-Needed Twinbill Sweep
March 25, 2010 Cougars Back On Track With 11-6 Win
March 18, 2010 Lamothe Lethal In Rout Of Rivier
March 16, 2010 Cougars Open Home Slate With 15-7 Win
March 15, 2010 Cougars Snap Up Weekly NEWMAC Honors
March 8, 2010 Wilson Wows Em - Cougars Get Bounce Back Sweep
March 6, 2010 Cougars Get Season-Opening Split With Colby-Sawyer