WORCESTER, Mass – Tuesday afternoon, the AMCATS took a break from their GNAC schedule to travel down to Worcester to take on the Clark University Cougars. The two teams battled for all nine innings and at the end of the day, Clark came away with the 3-2 non-conference victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Cougars got on the board in the bottom of the first with an RBI single to centerfield from junior Zach Kelley (Hadley, Mass.) that scored Kyle Bonicki (Waterbury, Conn.) for the 1-0 lead. They added another run in bottom of the second when sophomore Nick Jordan (Seaford, N.Y.) came home on a single to right field from his classmate Kyle Shaw (Litchfield, N.H.) (2-0).
-The Cougars put up three hits and a run in the bottom of the fifth. Bonicki got things started with a single up the middle and got into scoring position when he stole second base. With two outs sophomore Derek Lefebvre (Groton, Mass.) hit a hard ball to the right side to move Bonicki to third and first year Chris Radovic (Fairfield, Conn.) found space up the middle for an RBI single as Bonicki came home (3-0).
-The AMCATS came alive in the top of the sixth when freshman Kino Gray (Brewster, Mass.) came home on a double play by the Cougars (3-1). They cut their deficit to one run when sophomore Greg Gehring (Southold, N.Y.) homered over the centerfield fence. This is as close as they would come as Clark clinched the 3-2 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Freshman Sean Savage (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) pitched 6.2 innings for Clark, striking out two batters (one looking) and allowing just three hits. He is now 3-1 this season.
-Senior Josh Dobratz Southington, Conn.) came in to pitch 2.1 innings of relief for Clark and struck out a batter to earn his second save of the season.
-Kelley, Radovic and Shaw were all 1-for-4 at the plate with an RBI each to lead the Cougars who posted a total of nine hits on the day.
-Gehring was 1-for-3 with a home run, the first of his career, and an RBI to lead Anna Maria who had a total of four hits in the setback.
-Andrew Rodriques (East Providence, R.I.) pitched eight innings for the AMCATS. He struck out five batters while falling to 2-2 on the season.
Anna Maria is on the road against Westfield State on Thursday, April 26th for a non-conference game at 3:30 p.m.