PSAC play opened up this past weekend as the Clarion Golden Eagles traveled to California (Pa.) to take on the Vulcans in a doubleheader.
Clarion lost its first game 4-2, and fell in the second game by a score of 11-4.
Junior first baseman Tyler Falk led the Golden Eagle squad for the day as he went a combined 5-7.
He scored a run and recorded an RBI as well.
Senior third baseman Josh Ponsoll also contributed for the Golden Eagle’s offense by adding two hits in each game.
The Vulcans tagged Golden Eagle senior starting pitcher Tyler Delval for four runs in the first game of the doubleheader.
In the second game, junior Sean White started for Clarion and was touched up for eight runs and seven earned over three and ⅔ innings.
The Golden Eagles had its first home game of the season on Sunday and played its third and fourth games against Cal in the weekend.
Unfortunately for Clarion, the home field advantage did not pay off and they lost the games by scores of 6-3 and 9-0.
They finished a combined 0-4 against the Vulcans over the weekend.
Clarion was outscored 30-9 in the four games.
Junior right fielder Mitchell Holmberg led the way for Clarion in the first game.
Holmberg went 3-4 with all three of his hits being doubles and scored a run.
Also on the offensive side for the Golden Eagles, junior shortstop John Finke went one for four with a two RBI double for the Golden Eagles in the first inning.
Senior Kyle Armagost took the mound and got the start in the matchup for the Golden Eagles.
In the first game, Armagost gave up five earned runs in five innings of work.
In the second game the Golden Eagle offense only managed to get two hits off the starter for the Vulcans and were shut out.
Sophomore starting pitcher Kane McCall got the start for Clarion, and he got hit around for eight runs in four and ⅓ innings.
When asked about the team’s performance against Cal, senior outfielder Mike Lockhart said “It was pretty disappointing. I think we’re a much better team that what we played, but to their credit, Cal played very well against us.”
On Tuesday, they were back in action as Clarion traveled to Lock Haven to taken on the Bald Eagles.
The Golden Eagles dropped both games of the doubleheader by the scores of 2-1 and 5-2.
In the first game, Clarion got a good performance on the mound by freshman Doug Conrad who allowed just two runs in six innings of work.
The Golden Eagles could not get it together offensively having just two hits in the game.
Falk had the lone RBI in the contest, coming on a ground out in the fourth.
Sophomore second baseman Matt Kamenicky led the way for the day, going 2-5 in the doubleheader with a home run and a run scored.
Clarion dropped to 3-12 overall and 0-6 in PSAC play.
Despite the rough start for the Golden Eagles, Lockhart said, “I think the PSAC is pretty open this year. I think whatever team gets hot and can play solid ball will make it in. If we play the way we’re capable and minimize mistakes and hit the ball, we will be a tough team to face.”