Clarion baseball swept by Mercyhurst

Golden Eagle baseball’s road trip to Mercyhurst this past weekend ended in a sweep for the Lakers, as Clarion dropped all four games.

John Finke takes a swing at a pitch during a recent game. Archive Photo / The Clarion Call
John Finke takes a swing at a pitch during a recent game.
Archive Photo / The Clarion Call

In game one of Friday’s doubleheader, Tyler Delval took the loss after giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, in six innings of work.

Delval struck out four batters on the day while only walking a single batter.

Clarion couldn’t get much offense going in the game, and Mike Lockhart and Austin Mike had the only two hits of game one for the Golden Eagles.

Mike was thrown out in the seventh inning trying to stretch his single into a double, and that ended the game 3-0 in favor of the Lakers.

In game two, the Golden Eagles mustered up more offense, but couldn’t quite catch up to Mercyhurst, falling once again 8-4.

Sean White took the hill for Clarion in game two, and ended up with a no-decision after five innings on the bump.

White allowed three runs in his five innings of work.

In the fifth inning of game two, the Golden Eagles tied it up, courtesy of a bases loaded single by Tyler Falk that scored two after Mason McGuire scored from third.

Josh Ponsoll scored from second base after the right fielder misplayed the ball.

Mitch Holmberg drove in Delval from third with a rocket to the shortstop.

Chase Gorski took the loss in his relief appearance, allowing five runs in the sixth inning.

Clarion went for a late rally when Ponsoll smacked a two-out double and Delval singled him in.

However, Falk popped up to end the game with a final score of 8-4.

On Saturday, the Golden Eagles didn’t fare any better.

In game one, the Golden Eagles fell to the Lakers 15-4.

Senior Kyle Armagost took the loss, allowing 10 runs in five innings on the bump.

Falk was the big bat for Clarion in game one after hitting a three-run home run that scored Ponsoll and Delval in the sixth inning.

Later that inning, Brian Laurito drove in Lockhart after Lockhart walked earlier in the inning.

The second game of Saturday’s doubleheader didn’t go the Golden Eagles way, either.

Mercyhurst tallied runs in every inning except the third and sixth en route to a 10-0 win.

Kane McCall took the loss for Clarion, giving up seven runs in four and two thirds innings.

Only five of those runs were earned on the day.

Matthew Minnick picked up the win for the Lakers, only allowing three runners to reach base in game two start.

Ponsoll spoiled Minnick’s no-hit attempt with a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Clarion was the home team in Saturday’s games; the games were originally supposed to be played at Clarion, but were moved to Mercyhurst.

After this weekend’s four game sweep, the Golden Eagles fell to 4-19 on the season, and 1-7 in PSAC West play.

Clarion returns to action Sunday, April 10 when it hosts University of Pittsburgh Johnstown in a doubleheader at 1 and 3 p.m.

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