Downing Dazzles As Cougars Sweep Buccaneers

Teddy Downing had six hits, drove in four runs and picked up a win on the mound in Friday's doubleheader.
Teddy Downing had six hits, drove in four runs and picked up a win on the mound in Friday's doubleheader.

Auburndale, Mass. – Teddy Downing (Cambridge, Mass.) delivered at the plate going 6-for-8 on the day and on the mound as Clark University swept a twinbill from Beloit College on Friday afternoon. The Cougars won the opener 2-0 and then rallied for a 5-4 walkoff win in the nightcap.

Game Information
Game 1 - Clark University 2, Beloit College 0; Game 2 - Clark University 5, Beloit College 4
Records: Clark University 8-2; Beloit College 1-6
Location: Lake Myrtle Sports Complex Field #8, Auburndale, Fla.

How It Happened:
In the opener, Mike Tice (Chelmsford, Mass.) handcuffed the Buccaneers to the tune of just two hits over seven innings.

The sophomore hurler gave up a leadoff single in the bottom of the first and then retired 14 of the next 15 batters he faced.

Tice did run into trouble in the sixth when Beloit loaded the bases on a hit, a hit by pitch and a walk with two outs, but Tice was able to retire Aaron Martinez with a flyout to center to escape unscathed.

Clark's offense finally broke through in the eighth with two outs. After Kyle Shaw (Litchfield, N.H.) reached on a fielder's choice, he got into scoring position with a stolen base and then scored the game's first run when Kyle Bonicki (Waterbury, Conn.) singled to left.

That lead doubled when Downing smacked a single up the middle, giving the Cougars an insurance run.

Joshua Dobratz (Southington, Conn.) came into close out the contest and even though he gave up a one-out single, the game ended when he induced a 6-4-3 double play.

The Tice-Dobratz pitch combination for the Scarlet and White yielded just three hits in the opener with Tice collecting his second win of the Florida trip and Dobratz grabbing his second save of the year.

In the nightcap, the Buccaneers – who made it to the NCAA Regionals a season ago - pushed four runs across in the top of the fifth against Clark starter Patrick Robinson (Watertown, Conn.) highlighted by a Kam Sallee two-run double.

Down 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth, the Cougars started their own uprising, scoring four runs to even the score. First, Downing singled up the middle, driving in two runs and then Andrew Thibault (Nashua, N.H.) knotted the score with his two-run double to left.

Daniel Davidoff (Old Tappan, N.J.) came in relief of Robinson and was strong, yielding just two hits in his two innings of work but with two outs and a runner on first in the top of the seventh, Downing came in from left field. He proceeded to strikeout Martinez to end the inning and the Buccaneer threat.

Clark then took advantage of a pair of Beloit College mistakes to get the walkoff win. First, with one out, Shaw was hit by a pitch. Then Bonicki saw his fly ball to left get misplayed by a charging infielder and a converging outfielder, putting runners on first and second with one out. Downing then delivered a bullet up the middle that chased Shaw home with the winning run, igniting a wild celebration near the first base bag.

Amazingly for Downing, he recorded one out to get the win and then drove in the game-winner in walkoff fashion as part of his 2-for-3, two RBI evening.

Up Next:
Clark will wrap up its stay in central Florida with a 9:00 a.m. first pitch against Penn State-Altoona.

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