Vulcans too Much for CU Baseball

WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Clarion baseball team returned to the field after a day away due to inclement weather, falling in both ends of a doubleheader to California (Pa.) at Wild Things Park on Sunday.

(Photo courtesy of Clarion University Athletics)

The Golden Eagles (7-20, 2-10 PSAC West) dropped the early game by a 13-6 score and fell 8-1 in the nightcap against the Vulcans. The team will be back in action this week, starting with a non-conference game against Point Park on Tuesday.

Game 1

The first two-and-a-half innings of the early game were a back-and-forth affair, with Clarion taking the early lead and pulling close in the top of the third. Center fielder Chandler Palyas gave the Golden Eagles a 1-0 lead when he stole third and came around to score on an errant throw from the catcher. The Vulcans responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Brady Andrews cut the lead to 3-2 with an opposite-field single that scored Will Constantin in the top of the third inning.

Trouble came in the home half of the third when the Vulcans scored nine of their 13 runs to take a 12-2 advantage on the Golden Eagles. Clarion responded with two runs in the fifth inning, with Bryce Jackson knocking a two-run double and later scoring on an error to make it 12-5. Dan Janoson scored in the sixth inning on a wild pitch, but the Vulcans added another run in the bottom of the inning to wrap up the win.

Branden Schlick (1-1) returned to action after a long hiatus, taking the loss with eight runs allowed.

Game 2

Once again the Golden Eagles scored the opening run of the game, this time when Jackson scored Palyas on a sac fly in the top of the first inning. That, however, closed the scoring for Clarion, as the Vulcans kept them off the board for the rest of the game. California responded with a four-spot in the bottom of the inning on a grand slam.

Chance Miranda (0-4) took the loss in the late game, allowing five runs in 4.2 innings pitched. The remainder of the staff rebounded to keep the Golden Eagles in it, throwing 1.1 innings of relief and allowing just two earned runs in the process.

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