Bonicki Hits Cougars To Twinbill Sweep

Kyle Bonicki has been named 2017 New England Player of the Year by (Kevin Anderson photo).
Kyle Bonicki has been named 2017 New England Player of the Year by (Kevin Anderson photo).

Worcester, Mass. – Kyle Bonicki (Waterbury, Conn.) went 4-for-4 with four runs scored, becoming the school's all-time hits leader as Clark University swept a crucial NEWMAC doubleheader from Coast Guard on Saturday afternoon. 

Bonicki now has 160 career hits – one more than John Galvin had from 1999-2002 for the Cougars. The 2017 edition of Clark baseball continues to build on their school-record win total with every victory and with a win in tomorrow's rescheduled single game with these same Bears, can lock up the program's first postseason berth since 2009.

Game 1: Clark University 7, Coast Guard 2

Cal Slepkow scattered five hits, allowed an earned run, walked one and struck out eight to earn his sixth win of the season.

Teddy Downing had three hits including a double and he drove in two runs to lead the Cougars offense.

Clark took a 1-0 lead in the first as Tyler Hutchinson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

The Cougars added two unearned runs in the second as a run scored on an error before Downing added an RBI double for a 3-0 lead.

Zach Kelley hit a solo homer in the fifth giving Clark a 4-0 lead.

The Bears got on the board in the sixth on an RBI triple by senior Brendan McNeil to make the score 4-1.

Clark added three runs in the sixth on an RBI triple by Downing, an RBI double by Adam Chochrek and a RBI infield single by Derek Lefebvre to make the score 7-1.

Junior Alex Murdoch, who had three of the Bears' seven hits in the game, had an RBI single in the ninth to close the scoring.

Senior Eric Vrissis took the loss for the Bears. He worked seven innings and was touched for five earned runs.

Game 2: Clark University 15, Coast Guard 0

Bonicki was just a homerun shy of the cycle and had two doubles – setting a new school record in that category with 19 for the season. Chochrek was 3 for 3 with three doubles and four RBI leading the Cougars' 18 hit attack.

Conor Walsh allowed just three hits over seven innings, walked one and fanned seven to earn the win for Clark.

The Cougars scored five in the first and six more in the second cruising to the win.

In the first, Downing started the scoring with a two-run triple, Chochrek had an RBI double, Hutchison added an RBI triple before a sacrifice fly by Lefebvre made it 5-0.


Chochrek's two-run double highlighted a six-run second. Nick Jordan had an RBI double while Bonicki and Lefebvre each had RBI singles in the inning for the Cougars.

Chochrek had an RBI double in the third to make the score 12-0.

Lefebvre had three hits in the win for Clark while Jordan added a pair of hits.

Senior Kyle Jackson had three of the Bears six hits in the loss.

Sophomore Dustin Reeder lasted one inning and took the loss 

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