McClune Notches 100th Career Hit But Baseball Swept at Springfield

Mitch McClune

Springfield, MA --- Greg Marakovits (Rocky Hill, CT) and Alex Williams (East Hartford, CT) pitched Springfield baseball to 9-6 and 4-2 victories over WPI in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference contests this afternoon at SC's Berry-Allen Field. With the wins, the Pride is now 8-4 on the season, and 2-1 in the league.

The Engineers are now 11-7 overall, and 3-3 in the NEWMAC.

In the first game, Marakovits, a senior right-hander, hurled seven innings, giving up nine hits and six runs. He struck out five and walked two, He had given up just one run on three hits through the first six innings before running into difficulty in the seventh. Marakovits is now 1-1 on the season.

For the Pride, four players garnered two hits apiece. They included freshman centerfielder Steve Starr (Lebanon, CT), sophomore catcher Sean Smith (Broken Arrow OK), sophomore third basemanFrank Calabrese (E. Longmeadow, MA), and senior first baseman Karl Quist (New Preston, CT). Starr and Smith knocked in two runs apiece.

For WPI, junior DH Brendan Walsh (Windham, NH) was 2-for-2, including a double.

Springfield jumped on WPI starter Brandon Boucher (Manchester, NH), now 0-3, for three runs in the first inning. SC added one run in the second, three in the third, and two more in the fourth, building up a 9-1 lead through four. Four of the seven runs chared to Boucher were unearned and the Engineers received two scoreless innings of relief from Joe Giesecke (Mashassett, NY).

WPI scored five runs in the seventh inning, including a two-run single by Greg Mannke (Weymouth, MA) and RBI from Jay Fulmer (Gloucester, MA), Nick Bean (Middleboro, MA) and Joey Botelho (East Providence, RI).  

In game #2 of the twinbill, Williams, a sophomore right-hander from was credited with the victory, his first decision of the year. In six innings, he allowed four hits and two runs, both earned. He walked three and struck out one.

Three pitchers followed Williams to the mound for SC. They were freshman right-hander Mike DeMille (East Milton, MA) for two innings, sophomore left-hander Jon Medici (South Portland, ME) for 1/3 of an inning., and freshman right-hander Tyler Benoit (North Adams, MA) for two-thirds of an inning. Benoit threw two pitches inducing a double play to end the game, halting a WPI threat in the ninth.

WPI scored both of its runs in the first inning on only one hit. Runs were scored on a sacrifice fly by senior John Flynn (Albion, Me.), and on a ground out by Walsh.

In the bottom of the fifth, SC scored three runs, all on a two-out double by Quist.

In the SC sixth, sophomore right-fielder Jared Hopkins (Cranston, RI) knocked in the fourth run on a single to center.

The Pride unloaded for 14 hits in the contest and did not commit an error during the doubleheader. 

David Trujillo (Sutton, MA) and McClune each had two hits in the night cap for WPI.  McClune, who entered the day with 98 hits and had one in the opener, delivered his milestone moment in the second inning with a single to right field.

Freshman Andrew Portera (Alpharetta, GA) was saddled with his first loss in three decisions this spring. The rookie went the distance, striking out two and not walking a batter on the afternoon.

WPI is back in action Tuesday with a non-conference match-up at Roger Williams.

Majority of Release Courtesy Springfield Sports Information