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Clarkson baseball hosting key league twinbills against Skidmore


POTSDAM - On the final weekend of the regular season, the Clarkson University baseball team will welcome the Skidmore Thoroughbreds to Jack Phillips Stadium at Snell Field for a pair of critical doubleheaders.

Play will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.

The Golden Knights currently sit half a game out of fourth place with a record of 10-7 in the Liberty League and 15-11 overall. RPI and RIT both sit at 11-7, just ahead of the Green and Gold in the final two playoff spots. Skidmore enters the weekend with a record of 10-21 overall and just 3-15 in league play.

Sophomore Greg Jasek (Chittenango, NY) was impressive on the mound for Clarkson last Saturday, allowing only one run and striking out six. He allowed only three hits as the Knights took down the RIT Tigers 4-1 in game one of three last weekend. With an ERA of 2.79, Jasek has compiled a record of 4-2 on the season and leads the team with 36 strikeouts in 42 innings. The right-hander has thrown three complete games and has also hit .284 with 10 extra-base hits and scored 12 runs on the season.

Senior Pete Roma (Endicott, NY) shut down the Tigers on Sunday, hurling a complete game and allowing just one earned run. Without recording a single strikeout he scattered seven hits and only walked one to improve to 2-3 on the season. He has the lowest ERA of any regular starter on the team at 2.09, but has not gotten run support. He leads the team with 47.1 innings pitched and has allowed only 11 earned runs this year.

Clarkson has seven batters hitting above .280 but none hitting over .300 this season. Senior David Wixted (Ballston Lake, NY) leads all hitters with a .296 average, as well as team-highs with 23 runs and 29 hits. He is a perfect 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts and has been the most patient Knight, drawing 12 walks on the year.

Senior Jarrod Mattingly (Philadelphia, NY) is also batting .296 on the season, although with only 27 at-bats. He has scored three runs and knocked in a pair, but has been most valuable on the mound. With a 4-2 record, he has thrown three complete games and has a 3.27 ERA. He has held opponents to a .266 batting average and has 23 strikeouts on the year.

At the plate, junior John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) has been consistent in the middle of the lineup. With a .289 average, Coleman is second on the team with 18 runs scored and 13 RBIs. He has been the only other regular base stealer, swiping a perfect 10-for-10 on the year.

Freshman Chris Miller (Ballston Lake, NY) has been impressive at the plate as well, as his .294 average has helped generate runs in key situations for Clarkson. He has knocked in seven runs and scored 10 of his own in 16 starts this year. Senior Dan Lenney (Clifton Park, NY) leads the team with 14 RBIs and has added eight extra-base hits, including a home run.

The Thoroughbreds have struggled on the mound this year, as they collectively have a 5.61 ERA and have been outscored 192-130 on the season. They have allowed more walks than strikeouts, and the offense has struck out 190 times in 21 games. Skidmore has not won consecutive league games all season.

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