Clarion baseball travels south, drops five of first six games to start regular season

The Clarion University baseball team starts its season with a 1-6 record.

The team started with a road trip down south during spring break.

Clarion played five games in Wilson, North Carolina before coming up north and playing two more.

The team kept most of its losses close, but the offense just couldn’t break through.

Only one of the losses were by more than three runs.

On March 7, the team lost twice to the East Stroudsburg Warriors in non-PSAC action to begin the trip in Wilson.

Both losses were with a final of 5-3.

Junior Tyler Delval threw  four and one third innings  in the first Clarion game and took the loss after giving  up eight hits and five runs, all earned.

Sophomore Tyler Falk led the Golden Eagles in the first game of the season with a 2-3 box score, hitting home two runs on his two hits and taking a base on a walk once.

Senior Drew Pirritano scored two of the three Golden Eagle’s runs.

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Joey Lopez is the shortstop for the Clarion baseball team.

In game two, Clarion again had the lead twice, however, they were not able to hold it.

Senior Troy Kumar pitched six innings but could not hold onto the two leads (2-1, 3-2) that Clarion gave him.

With the game tied, sophomore Kyle Armagost pitched the scheduled final frame for the Golden Eagles.

He took the loss after giving up two runs, both earned in the one inning he pitched.

Clarion played two different teams on March 8.

The team lost to the Kutztown Golden Bears 3-1 to drop its record to  0-3 on the season before picking up the first win of the season against another winless team at the time, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Mountain Cats with a 6-3 win.

The Kutztown game was a scheduled nine inning game which Clarion did not have a lead in.

The Bears drove in a run in each the second and third inning off of Clarion sophomore starter Kane McCall.

McCall pitched five innings and only gave up the two runs.

Junior Alex Borofski pitched two innings and didn’t give up a run.

The other run came in the ninth inning and was given up by freshman Chase Gorski who pitched two innings.

The only run for Clarion came on a Falk groundout.

In Clarion’s win against UPJ, the Eagles trailed 3-0 after the top of UPJ’s first inning.

The Golden Eagles however battled back and scored six total throughout the nine inning game.

Falk hit two home runs in the game with three runs batted in and sophomore Sean White got the win for Clarion.

The Golden Eagles dropped the final game in North  Carolina  March 9, to the Kutztown Golden Bears by a score of 16-4.

The Eagles returned up north where its first two games with Indiana (Pa.)were cancelled on Saturday before they lost twice Sunday to the Crimson Hawks 3-1 and 4-1 respectively in neutral site games.

Clarion was scheduled to play its first home game this weekend; however, the game was moved to Erie and will be a Clarion “home game” on the road.

The next scheduled home game is  March 27 against Pittsburgh Johnstown.

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