Sixth Inning Surge Sends Wartburg Past Cougars

Sixth Inning Surge Sends Wartburg Past Cougars

THE BASICS

-Score: Wartburg College 10, Clark University 1

-Records: Clark (2-2), Wartburg (2-1)

-Location: Auburndale, Fla. (Myrtle Park Sports Complex)

-The Lead: Despite five scoreless innings pitched by Clark University freshman Nick Guarino (New Haven, Conn.), the Knights of Wartburg College climbed to a late 10-1 victory over the Cougars on Sunday evening. Senior Teddy Downing (Cambridge, Mass.) posted two of Clark's three hits in the setback as he went 2-for-3 at the plate.

HOW IT HAPPENED

-The first four innings were scoreless until Clark got on the board first in the top of the fifth inning. Sophomore Derek Lefebvre (Groton, Mass.) and James Huber (Rochester, N.Y.) got on base by Wartburg errors and Kyle Shaw (Litchfield, N.H.) earned an RBI when a hard hit ball to second base sent Lefebvre home.

-The Knights scored all 10 of their runs in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs and combined for eight hits. Senior Cody Hyler (Des Moines, Iowa) was the first to get on base with a single to left field. Sophmore Tyler Hovick (Roland, Iowa) sent Hyler to third when he doubled down the left field line and senior Clint Kannegieter (Aplington, Iowa) sent one to shortstop and beat out the throw to first to earn an RBI.

-Tyler Nunemaker's (Ely, Iowa) triple to right field was the highlight of the inning when two runs came home for the 3-1 lead. David Fitzgerald added an RBI while Clark Henning (Plymouth, Wis.) and Hovick each earned two RBIs to give Wartburg the ultimate 10-1 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Downing led the Cougars with a 2-for-3 day at the plate. Junior Zach Kelley (Hadley, Mass.) added a hit for the Cougars with a triple in the top of the sixth.

-Hyler, Hovick and Kannegieter all went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Knights.

-Guarino took the loss on the mound for Clark going 5.2 innings with three strikeouts, two walks and four runs.

-Eckhart earned the win for Wartburg pitching six innings with nine strikeouts and just one earned run.

UP NEXT

-Clark takes on Aurora University at Chain of Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven Florida on Monday, March 5th at 5:00 p.m.

-Wartburg plays Rhodes College in Auburndale, Fla. at Lake Myrtle Park at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 5th.

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