SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – April 15, 2008 – The Clark University Cougars scored eight runs with two outs in the top of the ninth to rally past the Springfield College baseball team, 12-7, on Tuesday afternoon at Berry-Allen field.
With the loss, the Pride fall to 10-17, 3-6 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play, while the Cougars improve to 10-16, 4-5 in league play.
After Mario Piscitelli (Greenlawn, N.Y.) struck out Phil DiMarco for the second out in the ninth, the Cougars rattled off eight runs off six hits to take a five-run lead. Stephen DeMartino's three-run double to deep left field broke open the game as Clark completed the unlikely rally.
Clark threatened early as the Cougars had runners on second and third with no outs in the top of the first inning. Joe Silva led off the inning with a single to right center and moved to second after Matt Adams drew a walk. The duo each advanced a base after a pass ball to put two runners in scoring position. However, starting pitcher Mike Cole (Greenfield, Mass.) settled down, retiring the next three batters to get keep Clark off the scoreboard. Cole struck out Scott Hollingsworth, had Phil DiMarco ground out to the pitcher, and struck out Cole Osburn to close out the bottom of the first.
Springfield tacked on the first run of the contest when Justin Nussey’s (Westminster, Mass.) single through the left side of the infield plated Jamie Mackie (Springfield, Mass.) from second base. Mackie reached earlier in the inning on a similar single to left field and moved over to second on a fielder’s choice.
Nussey came up big in the third inning as he cracked a two-RBI single through the left side of the infield to put the home squad up 3-0. Nussey brought home Joe Kropa (Cranford, N.J.) from third base and Mackie from second for his third RBI of the afternoon.
Clark produced four runs in the top of the fourth to take a 4-3 lead. DeMartino started it off after he cracked a an RBI double over Kropa’s head in left field to plate the Cougar first run of the game. Clark would add two more runs after a fielding error by Cole as he attempted to cover first base on a hard hit ball to first by Gunner Hagstrom. Clark’s final run of the inning came when Brendan Solecki slapped a single to left field to plate Hagstrom.
The Pride led off the bottom half of the frame with back to back singles from Ryan Tatreau (Greenfield, Mass.) and Drew Michael (Longmeadow, Mass.). The tandem each moved into scoring position after a perfect sac bunt by Mike Robilotto (East Meadow, N.Y.) down the third base line. Kropa plated both teammates on a hard grounder to right field as the Pride regained its lead, 5-4.
Cole delivered in the top of the fifth once again as he struck out Bathrick with the bases juiced to maintain the Pride’s one-run lead.
In the bottom half of the fifth, Springfield added what seem to be two insurance runs as the Pride manufacted a pair of runs. With the bases loade, Michael drew a walk to plate Rex Cone (Bristol, Conn.) and Ryan Hingston (Windsor, Vt.) would later score on a wild pitch.
Piscitelli was served the loss after giving up seven earned runs in 2/3 of an inning. Cole went five innings, striking out six and scattering four hits in the no decision. Nussey finished with a team-best three RBI while Kropa added a pair of runs batted in.
Angelo Guisado picked up the win for Clark as he allowed just one hit in 3.2 innings of work out of the pen. Silva finished 4 for 6 with two RPI while DeMartino added four RBI after his two doubles.
The Pride return to action on Wednesday afternoon when it travels to take on Wesleyan in non-conference action. First pitch is slated for 4:00 pm.