March 16, 2010

Cougars Open Home Slate With 15-7 Win

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.