Cougars Stumble Against Crosstown Engineers, 13-1
Worcester, Mass. - David Trujillo (Sutton, Mass.) collected five RBI, finishing a triple short of the cycle and Sean Minor (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) did not allow an earned run in six innings on the mound as WPI defeated host Clark 13-1 a NEWMAC baseball contest played on Wednesday afternoon.
WPI, winners of four straight, is now 15-8 overall and 4-3 in conference play while the Cougars dip to 6-15 on the season and 2-5 in NEWMAC action.
The game began as a pitcher's duel between Minor and Clark rookie Luke Crocker (Strafford, Vt.) as the two right handers combined to allowed just one hit - a single by Cougar designed hitter Brian Sullivan (Auburn, Mass.) - over the first three innings.
WPI broke through in the fourth inning when Trujillo's three-run bomb to left with one out plated Nick Bean (Middleboro, Mass.) and John Flynn (Albion, Maine). The Engineers continued to put pressure on the hosts in the fourth, adding unearned runs on a run-producing single through the right side by Kyle Bartosik (Midland, N.J.) and a two-run single to right center from Bean.
Clark answered with an unearned run of its own on the bottom of the frame when Nicholas Kellogg's (Florence, Mass.) sacrifice fly chased home Shawn Lamothe (Bellingham, Mass.) to make it 6-1. The Engineers avoided further damage when Minor induced a 4-6-3 double play to wiggle out of the inning.
WPI tacked on an unearned run in the fifth on a RBI single by Tim Erlandson (Hudson, Mass.) before breaking the game wide open with four runs against the Clark bullpen an inning later. The uprising featured an RBI single off the bat of Matt Blakeman (Bedford, N.H.), a run-scoring double down the left field line by Flynn and a two-run single through the right side by Trujillo.
Minor (5-1) gave up just two hits and did now allow an earned run in his six innings of work. The senior won his fifth straight decision and equaled his career-high with his fifth win of the season (2009 and 2011). He fanned four and walked one while pushing his career record to 18-6. Classmate Brandon Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) closed out the game with three scoreless innings and was credited with his first career save.
Trujillo led the Engineer hit parade by going 4-for-6 while Bean went 3-for-4. Blackman, Flynn and Steve Petry (Worcester, Mass.) all added a pair of base hits with Bean knocking in three runs on the day. Blakeman, Bean, Flynn, Bartosik and Trujillo all crossed the plate twice in the victory.
Crocker (0-4) pitched the first five innings for Clark, yielding three earned runs while striking out four. David Balme (Brooklyn, N.Y.) turned in a scoreless eighth inning for the hosts while Luke Carter (Brunswick, Maine) did not allow an earned run in the ninth.
Sullivan was joined in the Cougar hit column by Matthew Bohl (Amherst, Mass.) and Kellogg.
The two teams met again tomorrow at Clark's Granger Field with WPI as the home team. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.