-Score: Clark University 4, WPI 1
-Records: Clark (9-13, NEWMAC 1-5), WPI (16-8, NEWMAC 2-3)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Granger Field)
-The Lead: The Clark University baseball team earned their first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory of the season with a 4-1 final over the Engineers of WPI on Friday afternoon. This was the first of a three-game series between the two teams this weekend.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Clark loaded the bases in the top of the first inning with all three base runners getting on by walks, but the Engineers were able to clinch the third out without a run crossing home.
-WPI graduate student Matt Howard (Worcester, Mass.) led off with a single into left center in the top of the second before senior Steven Gallagher (Coventry, R.I.) got on base by a walk to move him into scoring position. With only one out on the board senior Josh Herlands (Glastonbury, Conn.) got ahold of his first pitch and sent a line drive into right field to load the bases. The Cougars got the final two outs without allowing a run score to carry the 0-0 score into the bottom of the second.
-In the bottom of the second, with one out and the bases loaded, junior Dylan Horn (Sterling, Conn.) sent a line drive into right field to score his classmate Nick Jordan (Seaford, N.Y.) and sophomore Steven Mooney (Buffalo, N.Y.) for the 2-0 lead. After making the second out, WPI allowed two runs to score on fielding errors to give the cougars a 4-0 lead heading into the third inning.
-WPI loaded the bases again in the top of the fourth inning, but senior pitcher Cal Slepkow (Rehoboth, Mass.) was able to get the final out with three straight strikes on the batter, leaving the three baserunners stranded.
-The Engineers put up their lone run of the game in the top of the ninth when Gallagher led off with a double to left field and sophomore Jordan DeDonato (Danvers, Mass.) singled to left to score him (4-1).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Horn led the Cougars at the plate going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
-Junior Tyrone Patterson (Upper Marlboro, Md.) went 2-for-3 while Herlands finished 2-for-4 and DeDonato put up one RBI on his one hit for the Engineers.
-Clark finished with five hits while WPI put up seven hits on the day.
-Slepkow earned the victory on the mound for Clark and improves to 4-2 on the season. He pitched all nine innings and struck out five batters.
-First year Ryan Malkowski (Hubbardston, Mass.) drops to 0-1 on the season for WPI. He pitched 1.1 innings and allowed three runs while striking out one batter.
-Clark heads to WPI tomorrow for two more NEWMAC games with the Engineers starting at 12:00 p.m.