AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Clarkson University scored early and often in its first game of the RussMatt Invitational to earn a 13-0 victory over UMass Dartmouth at Lake Myrtle Field #3 on Friday afternoon. Senior Ryan Riley (Sharon, Mass.) got the win for the Golden Knights (1-2), going five shutout innings, allowing four hits, two walks, and striking out four. Corsair starting righty Logan Maitland (Tiverton, R.I.) was tagged with the loss for the Blue and Gold (4-5).
How it Happened
- The Golden Knights struck first in the opening inning as senior Nolan Duda's (Latham, N.Y.) batted ball to short made for an RBI fielder's choice; Corsair shortstop JR DiSarcina's (Barnstable, Mass.) throw clipped the runner trying to disrupt the double play opportunity. Sophomore Mike Tito (Seaford, N.Y.) then made it 2-0 on an RBI single to center to plate senior Brad Pearson (Clifton Park, N.Y.).
- Four more came in the second, starting with junior Nate Burns' (Jamesville, N.Y.) two-run double to left. Clarkson cruised through the middle innings on a 7-0 advantage until adding three more in the seventh on Pearson's RBI single to right, Duda's sac fly, and Tito's run-scoring hit (10-0).
- Clarkson collected three scores before the contest concluded, seeing contributions at the plate from Burns, sophomore Tommy Bianchi (Liverpool, N.Y.), and pinch-hitter Mike Bonk (Northborough, Mass.).
Inside the Numbers
- Six different Golden Knights drove in runs as the team registered 15 hits and seven walks.
- Burns stood out for his squad, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and four runs scored.
- The Corsair offense was shut out for the first time this season and was limited to a season-low four hits.
Clarkson gets right back on the field to take on Hope College at 4:45 p.m. UMass Dartmouth wraps up its 2019 Florida trip tomorrow with a noontime clash against Greenville at Lake Myrtle Field #7.