CUP Baseball Tops Lake Erie as Wolbert Pitches Well

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CUP BaseballPAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Clarion University baseball team defeated Lake Erie College by a final score of 12-7 Wednesday afternoon at Braggs Field.

(Photo courtesy of Clarion University Athletics)

The win moves the Golden Eagles to 12-30 (4-20 PSAC) on the season, the most wins of any Golden Eagles squad since winning 12 games (12-28) in 2012. The last time Clarion, which returns to action Friday when its hosts Gannon, had more wins was in 2009 when it went 13-32.

Dillon Wolbert got the nod on the hill for Clarion Wednesday, and the right-hander responded with a strong six innings of three-run ball, scattering five hits and striking out five on the afternoon to earn the win.

The Storm actually managed to draw first blood, going up 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning courtesy of a fielder’s choice play at first, however, CU was quick to answer right back. After reaching on a bunt single, shortstop Joe Lopez managed to steal second and get into scoring position shortly before a Tyler Falk single down the left-field line put Lopez over to tie things at 1-1.

Clarion would keep the momentum going in the fourth as Austin Blauser doubled to right-center to score John Finke and make it 2-1. A two-run, two-hit fifth inning put the Eagles out in front 4-1 before the Blue and Gold blew the game wide open with a five-run sixth.

After loading the bases for Brady Andrews, the right fielder blasted a line drive to left field that allowed the first run to cross. After Tyler Falk walked to load the bases yet again two batters later, Dillion Wolbert figured he’d follow suit, drawing a walk of his own that scored Blauser from third. A Garret Goslaw double to right-center knocked in the final three runs of the sixth to give CU a commanding 9-1 lead.

The Storm would fight back, however, putting up a two-spot in the bottom of the sixth to makes it 9-3 before adding four more in the seventh to come within two, 9-7.

Luckily for Clarion, the bullpen was up to the task. The Combo of Ty Bittner, Tom Connell, and Tyler Falk kept LEC at bay, combining for scoreless innings in the 8th and 9th to help the Eagles close things out. Clarion would add three more in the top of the ninth for good measure to come away with the 12-7 victory.

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