Northboro, Mass. – Cal Slepkow (Rehoboth, Mass.) was masterful on the mound and Clark University banged out 12 hits enroute to their school record 19th win as the Cougars posted a 3-0 shutout over New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival WPI on Saturday afternoon in the twinbill opener.
WPI took the nightcap, scoring seven runs in the first inning on their way to a 15-5 win.
Game 1 Score: Clark University 3, WPI 0
Game 2 Score: WPI 15, Clark University 5
Records: Clark University (19-7, 4-5 NEWMAC); WPI (15-8, 4-3 NEWMAC)
Location: New England Baseball Complex, Northboro, Mass.
How It Happened In Game One:
The opener saw Slepkow be in total control from the beginning in tossing his second career complete game shutout. He only allowed hits to two WPI batters – three by Nick Comei (Haverhill, Mass.) and an infield single to Tyrone Patterson (Upper Marlboro, Md.).
He didn't give up a hit until Comei led off the fourth with a double but by then the Cougars had already scored all the runs they would need. They got a single run in the first on an Adam Chochrek (Foxboro, Mass.) fielder's choice that scored Kyle Bonicki (Waterbury, Conn.).
Meanwhile, Slepkow remained locked in, retiring the next eight batters in row until Comei doubled with two outs in the sixth.
The only other Engineer batter to reach came with Patterson's lead off infield single in the eighth but he was eventually erased at home to end the inning.
Comei collected another hit to begin the ninth but he was left stranded at second after Slepkow's 118th pitch induced a groundout to first by Anthony Capuano (Stoneham, Mass.) to end the contest.
How It Happened In Game Two:
The Engineers jumped all over Clark starter Mike Tice (Chelmsford, Mass.) touching him for seven runs in the first, highlighted by a Matt Howard (Worcester, Mass.) grand slam to centerfield and a two-run double by Austin Linder (West Windsor, N.J.).
Clark scored one run in the top of the third when Jordan reached on an error and eventually scored on a Bonicki single to right.
WPI added three more in the fourth on back-to-back doubles from Comei and Capuano and then a two-run homerun to center by Steven Gallagher (Coventry, R.I.).
Down 10-1, Clark inched closer when Jake Vera (Plainview, N.Y.) blasted a three-run homerun to dead centerfield as part of a four-run sixth, making the score 10-5.
WPI went on to score two more in the sixth and then three more in the seventh to take the final game of the three game series.
Inside The Boxscore:
Tice took the loss for the Cougars, going four innings and allowing ten hits and ten earned runs. Meanwhile, WPI starter Doug Rives (Bethany, Conn.) got the early lead and went six innings to record his league-leading fifth win of the season.
Clark only mustered six hits in the second game after pounding out 12 in the opener, highlighted by Vera's second career homerun.
Clark is back in action on Sunday when they host Castleton State. First pitch is slated for 2:00 p.m.