Clarion U. Baseball Splits With Gannon Sunday

CLARION, Pa. – The Clarion baseball team opened up PSAC West play with a doubleheader split at home, defeating Gannon 3-1 in the early game before falling 4-2 in the extra-inning nightcap.

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The Golden Eagles (6-11, 1-1 PSAC West) will conclude their four-game series with the Golden Knights Monday in Erie.

Throwing in his first true home game of the season, Jeremy Frazier (1-3) powered Clarion to a win in Game 1 with seven innings of one-hit ball against Gannon. Though he walked eight and struck out just three, Frazier kept the Golden Knights off balance and preserved the bullpen with the complete game, and the only run he allowed was an unearned tally in the top of the fourth inning. No Gannon player advanced past second base in the final three innings.

The lone run for the Golden Knights in Game 1 came in the top of the fourth inning after Matt Colosi scored on an error. Clarion got the run back in the fifth inning, with Max Mari reaching on a one-out double. Chandler Palyasscored him from second on an impressive bunt single down the first base line, catching Gannon completely off-guard and reaching base himself.

Tied at 1-1 entering the bottom of the sixth, Dillon Wolbert drew a leadoff walk and was pulled for pinch runner Matt Privette. Devin Beverly singled to right field and Privette went first-to-third to set up runners on the corners. Cole Shaffer lined a ball to left field to bring Privette home, and Brady Andrews scored Beverly with a bunt to make it 3-1. Frazier finished off the Golden Knights in the seventh, inducing a grounder from Colosi for the final out.

In the late game, Nate Torbich (1-4) settled down after falling into a 2-0 hole to hold the Golden Knights scoreless for three straight innings, giving his team a chance to get back into the game. Shaffer cut Gannon’s lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning with a single down the left field line to score Wolbert.

After a 1-2-3 inning by Torbich in the fifth put Clarion back at the plate, they took advantage. Palyas drove a two-out double down the line, and Will Constantin brought the speedy centerfielder home and made it 2-2 with a sharp single to center field. The Golden Eagles had chances down the stretch to tack on, but Matt Yough silenced the Clarion bats as the game went to extra innings.

Torbich walked the leadoff batter Colosi in the eighth inning, who eventually made it to third after a sac bunt and a wild pitch. With pitcher Kyle Thompson now on the mound, Colosi scored on an infield single by Ian Steighner, and another run came around to score on an errant throw to make it 4-2. Yough retired the Golden Eagles in order in the bottom of the eighth to end the game.

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