Baseball team looks for strong finish, only four games remain in the season

Alex Henry – Staff Writer

From April 28-30, the Clarion Golden Eagles baseball team play four games against the Seton Hill Griffins.

The first doubleheader took place on the 28 in Greensburg, Pa.

In the first game, Clarion trailed 4-0 after one inning.

The Golden Eagles then rallied back, scoring three runs in the top of the second.

Clarion took the lead after a five run in the fourth inning, giving them an 8-5 lead.

Unfortunately, it could not hold off the offense of Seton Hill, as they surrendered three runs in the bottom of the fourth to have the game tied.

Clarion regained the lead in the fifth, scoring an unearned run off a throwing error.

The Golden Eagles lost the lead in the bottom of the sixth before eventually dropping the game 13-11.

Senior center fielder Mitch Holmberg led the team with four hits and scored two runs in the contest.

Sophomore designated hitter Dillon Wolbert had three hits and three runs batted in on the day.

Senior first baseman Tyler Falk and senior shortstop Joey Lopez each had two RBIs as well in the game.

Freshman starting pitcher Kyler Mellott gave up six runs on four hits, and three walks in three innings while striking out five.

In the second game of the day, Clarion got off to a slow start, trailing 1-0 after the first.

The Golden Eagles answered back in the top of the second scoring two runs to take the lead.

The Griffins responded in the bottom of the second as Clarion starter senior Kane McCall surrendered two runs, giving Seton Hill the lead once again.

Falk homered in the fourth as part of two runs scored by the Golden Eagles to have them regain the lead.

Seton Hill responded in the bottom half of the inning, scoring and ending with a score of 5-4.

McCall went six innings surrendering five runs while giving up four earned. McCall also allowed eight hits while walking two and striking out five.

The next day, the two teams played a doubleheader, this time in Clarion.

The Golden Eagles struggled to slow down the offense of the Griffins, losing the first game 19-3.

Lopez and Holmberg combined for five of the team’s hits in the contest, while Wolbert and Falk each had an RBI.

In the second game on the day, Clarion could not muster much offense, resulting in four hits and surrendering eight runs leading to a defeat of 8-0.

Senior pitcher Jay Moog said, “Seton Hill is a good team; they are difficult to compete against. They have a very rich winning history, and they put in on display against our very shallow pitching staff this weekend.”

The Golden Eagles now fall to 11-30 on the year, while they are 4-20 in the PSAC. Clarion returns to action for the final time at home this season on May 5, as they have four games against Gannon to close out the year, ending on May 7.

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