Danver grand slam leads Golden Eagle baseball to split with Pitt-Johnstown

The Clarion University baseball team battled Pitt- Johnstown earning a split in two doubleheaders on Sunday and Monday afternoon in Johnstown.

In the game on Sunday, Clarion was the home team due to its field being unusable.

In game one, Clarion lost 11-4.

The Golden Eagles were down from the start as they gave up runs in every inning of the game, including three in the second.

Sophomore right-handed Kane McCall got the start and faced 25 batters in four innings of work.

In those four innings, McCall surrendered seven earned runs on 10 hits with one walk, two strikeouts and two wild pitches.

On the offensive side of things, Clarion mustered nine hits as a team with three seniors having two hit days.

Centerfielder Drew Pittitano led the way from the lead-off spot as he had a run and an RBI.

Right behind him in the line-up was junior Jordan Mesoraco who was the designated hitter for the game.

Second baseman Derek Danver knocked in three runs out of the clean up spot.

Game two had less run sbut was much more exciting.

Clarion clinged to a 2-1 victory in a tightly contested pitcher’s duel.

Junior Tyler Delval got the nod on the hill and picked up his first win of the season as he went the distance, allowing three hits and one run over seven innings.

Delval had great control on the afternoon as he struck out six while only walking two batters.

The Golden Eagles sprayed seven hits, four of which coming from Danver and sophomore first baseman Tyler Falk.

Both finished with two hits in three at-bats, as Falk came into score what was the game winning run on a Mike Lockhart sacrifice flay in the bottom of the sixth inning.

On Monday afternoon, Clarion came back from a 6-0 deficit after four innings to win 10-9.

The come-from-behind victory was cemented on a Danver grand slam in the top of the sixth that put the Golden Eagles ahead for good at 9-8.

Clarion would tack on another run in the seventh on a RBI ground out by Falk (3-for-5, four RBI’s) that would plate Pirritano (1-for-4, three runs scored).

Picking up the pitching win was sophomore Kyle Armagost who came in in relief with one out in the fourth inning for 2.1 innings.

Armagost faced eight men, giving up two hits, only allowing one run.

Game two was a let-down as the wheels came off for Clarion to the tune of six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as UPJ pulled out the 11-3 victory.

Sophomore Sean White got saddled with the lost as he went five innings, scattering seven hits and allowing five run, four of which where earned.

After White exited, three Clarion pitchers combine to give up six more runs in the sixth inning.

Pirritano once again had a nice game as he had two of the Golden Eagles eight hits in the game.

Seven of Clarion’s starters recorded a base hit.

Clarion’s record now sits at 4-13 overall and 2-8 in the PSAC.

The Golden Eagles have yet to play a home game as they travel to IUP on April 2 for a doubleheader.

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