Worcester, Mass. – Visiting Gordon College staved off a hard-charging Clark University squad that trailed by as many as six runs early on in the contest, to take a thrilling 10-9 decision in non-league baseball action on Granger Field Tuesday evening.
The Cougars, who fell behind 8-2, rallied to close the gap to one in the ninth and had runners on first and second when Fighting Scots reliever Jacob Syed (Niskayuna, N.Y.) induced a game-ending double play to pick up the first save of his career.
Gordon jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first inning and then had a 5-2 edge after two. They tacked on three more in the top of the third when Carlos Pichardo (La Romana, Dominican Republic) tripled and then scored on a Dillon Coleman (Cromwell, Conn.) sacrifice fly. The big blow, however, was a two-run homerun off the bat of Ben Davidson (Sterling, Mass.), giving the Fighting Scots their biggest lead of the contest.
Clark began its comeback in the bottom of the frame when Nicholas Kellogg (Florence, Mass.) connected on a two-run blast of his own.
The Cougars added another run in the sixth when Michael Lamothe (Bellingham, Mass.) scampered home on a throw over to first base by the pitcher.
Freshman Dan Lima (Manchester, Conn.) manufactured a run for Clark in the seventh when he walked, stole second and then moved to third on a Matthew Bohl (Amherst, Mass.) single through the left side. He eventually scored on a wild pitch, bringing the Cougars to within three at 9-6.
Gordon pushed another run across the plate in the top of the eighth on a Brian Harrington (Shoreham, N.Y.) RBI single but the damage could've been much worse if Clark hadn't turned a triple play to get out of the inning. Eric Wolak (Trumbull, Conn.) hit a ball to Jeremy Gerber (Amherst, Mass.) that he scooped up, touched second base, then fired to first to get the second out. James Burrell (Decatur, Ga.), who had reached on an error, wandered away from third base and was tagged out, completing the triple killing.
After Matt Asdornvuttikrai (Winchester, Mass.) gunned down Coleman trying to swipe second base to end the top of the ninth, Clark struck for a pair of runs on Lamothe's two-run bomb to left center, inching the Cougars to within one at 10-9.
Gerber then singled to right and advanced to second when Knief was hit by a pitch, putting the tying run in scoring position and the winning run at first. But Syed, who tossed the final 1.2 innings got Asdornvuttikrai to hit into the game-ending twin killing.
Zach Boling (Trumbull, Conn.) tossed two innings of perfect relief, picked up the win. Both Harrington and Pichardo had two hits for Gordon (14-16), while Davidson scored three times and drove in two.
The Clark (7-23) offense was paced by Sullivan's three hits, and two apiece from Bohl, Kellogg and Lamothe.
Gordon, winners of three straight games, travels to New England College for a Commonwealth Coast Conference doubleheader, while the Cougars visit Wheaton on Friday.