Springfield, Mass. -- April 2, 2011 -- Senior lefthander Mark Grant pitched a complete-game six-hitter to lead his Springfield College baseball team to a 4-1 victory over Clark University in the first game of a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference doubleheader at SC's Berry-Allen Field this afternoon. In game #2, the Cougars came back to earn the split, winning 6-0.
On the day, Springfield is now 7-11 overall, 1-7 in NEWMAC play, while Clark is now 12-9, and 2-7 in conference play.
The first game was a 7-inning contest. The second game went 9 innings.
Both teams will come right back to Berry-Allen Field tomorrow (Sunday) to play the third game of this three-game set. That game is slated for 12 noon.
Game #1 -- Springfield 4, Clark 1
Grant pitched a masterful game. A native of Danbury, Conn., the lefty gave up just one run on six hits. He walked one and struck out six. SC played very good defense behind him, playing errorless ball and coming up with one 6-4-3 double play and a pickoff of a runner at first base.
Two Clark hurlers also pitched well, although Clark righthander and starter Saul Ramirez, a freshman from New York, N.Y., had some control issues. Ramirez gave up just three hits in three innings. But he gave up four runs in those three innings on four walks and a wild pitch. He struck out one.
Junior righthander Michael Lamothe (Bellingham, Mass.) came on in relief, pitching the final three innings for the Cougars. He gave up no hits and no runs, while walking one and striking out one.
The Pride scored three runs in the bottom of the second. Senior rightfielder Mike Micik (Greenwich, Conn.) led off the inning with a single up the middle. Freshman leftfielder Mike McGowan (Franklin, Mass.) and senior DH Mike Tanguay (Westbrook, Me.) then walked. Micik then scored on a wild pitch. With two outs in the inning, junior second baseman Mike Corletta (Westtown, N.Y.) hit a fly ball deep to right. It landed a few feet fair and two more runs scored for what proved to be the big hit of the game.
In the fourth inning, after a walk, a sacrifice bunt, and a ground out, junior first baseman Karl Quist (New Preston, Conn.) hit a hard ground ball single up the middle, plating SC's fourth run.
Clark scored its run in the top of the sixth. Junior outfielder Matthew Bohl (Amherst, Mass.) and junior infielder Jeremy Gerber (Amherst, Mass.) both singled. Senior outfielder Scott Hollingsworth (Tilton, N.H.) then sacrificed the runners up a base. Senior infielder Peter Lewis (Gardiner, Me.) then hit a sacrifice fly to center field.
Game #2 -- Clark 6, Springfield 0
In game #2, sophomore righthander Andrew LeBlanc (Farmington, Conn.) went the distance in hurling Clark to the 6-0 victory. LeBlanc was the key figure as he gave up only five hits, walking five, and striking out five.
For Springfield, junior righthander Greg Marakovits (Rocky Hill, Conn.) pitched the first five innings for the Pride, and gave up six hits, walked two and struck out five. Replacing him was freshman righthander Travis Lane (Canton, Conn.) in the sixth. He gave up one hit and one run, walking three, and striking out five in his four innings of work.
Clark scored three runs in the second inning, and added two more in the fourth. The Cougars added one more in the ninth.
In the second inning, Holliingsworth led off with a single. Freshman Brian Sullivan (Auburn, Mass.) walked. After two were out, Gerber walked. Bohl then hit a two-run single. An infield error then allowed the third run to score.
In the Clark fourth inning, freshman catcher Nick Flemister (Pittsford, N.Y.) led with a single. After a ground out, Flemister scored on an RBI-single by Bohl. After Bohl stole second, junior infielder Shawn Lamothe (Bellingham, Mass.) then singled him home.
In the ninth, Clark scored an unearned run. Lewis walked, stole second, and came around on a sinking liner that went for an error by the centerfielder.