Baseball Drops 2017 Opener In Extra Innings To Clark

Baseball Drops 2017 Opener In Extra Innings To Clark

WORCESTER, Mass.--Clark University scored an unearned run in the bottom of the 10th inning to walk-off win a win over Keene State College in the Owls' 2017 opener at Granger Diamond on Sunday.

Records

  • Keene State: 0-1
  • Clark: 2-0

How It Happened

Junior third baseman Abe Grainger and sophomore first baseman Connor Longley each had a pair of hits, while Nate Rossi, Zach Wullbrandt, and John Tarascio each marked their KSC debuts with a single.  

Senior Michael Crimi went seven strong innings on the hill, allowing just two hits and no runs while striking out seven.  Andrew Houde (0-1) took the loss, striking out two and allowing one unearned run in two innings of relief.  Nate Pedersen and Steve Zadravec also saw time on the mound.

Keene State took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Rossi led off with a walk and moved to third on Grainger's one out double down the left field line.  After Tarascio struck out, Longley brought both runners home with a single to center field, and moved into scoring position on a passed ball.  Sophomore shortstop Mac Struthers lined out to end the rally.

Crimi, meanwhile, was cruising, retiring the first eight batters he faced and getting out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh by striking out Nick Jordan.

The Owls had a chance to add to their lead, as Grainger, Tarascio, and Longley all singled to load the bases with one out in the sixth, but Struthers hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat.  KSC did tack on one more run in the top of the eighth, when Rossi led off with a single, and moved to second on Devin Springfield's single to center.  Grainger's groundout moved up both runners, and Tarascio lofted a sacrifice fly to right to bring in Rossi.

The Cougars tied the game in the bottom of the frame, as pinch hitter Tyler Hutchinson drew a lead-off walk, and moved up on a wild pitch.  Kyle Shaw singled him in to get Clark on the board, and came around on Kyle Bonicki's triple to right-center.  Clark then tied the score on Teddy Downing's RBI single up the middle.

Neither team could score in the ninth inning, but Clark pushed home the winning run when Bonicki led off with a double and scored on a Keene State error.

Around the Horn

  • Grainger had the fourth multi-hit game of his career.
  • This was the earliest season opener for the Owls since the 2013 squad began the year on March 1 against St. Joseph's (L.I.).
  • In addition to Wullbrandt, Rossi, and Tarascio, freshman Tom Meucci also began his KSC career, drawing a walk in the 10th.

Up Next

  • Keene State returns to the diamond on March 4, traveling to The College of New Jersey for a doubleheader that begins at 11 a.m.
  • The Cougars are also in action on March 3, facing Iowa Wesleyan in Auburndale, Fla.