Lockhart, Danver Strong But Baseball Closes Season with Losses to Cal Saturday on Sr. Day

CLARION, Pa. – Mike Lockart finished the 2015 Clarion University baseball with a strong Saturday performance with three hits, and senior Derek Danver went out in style with a pair of hits but the Golden Eagles dropped a PSAC West doubleheader to visiting California (Pa.)

Cal won the opener 8-2 and then completed the sweep with a 5-2 victory in game two.

Lockhart did his best to prevent the sweep going a combined 3-for-6 with two doubles and an RBI on the day, while Danver, one of five seniors honored on senior day, was 2-for-6 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in the twin bill.

Tyler Falk, who saw his 15-game hit streak ended on Friday, also had a pair of hits, both in game two, going 2-for-7 with a double and two runs scored on the afternoon. The sophomore finished the season hitting an impressive .378, the 23rd-best batting average at Clarion since 1979, while tying the school’s single-season home run record with seven. He also drove home a team-best 31 runs, the sixth most by a Golden Eagle since 1979, and had six doubles. His on-base plus slugging percentage for the season was an impressive 1.062, and he hit safely in 16 of his final 18 games. In two seasons with Clarion, Falk is hitting .371 with seven home runs, 49 RBIs, 11 doubles and three triples. His career OPS is .969.

Senior Drew Pirritano also had a pair of hits in his final Golden Eagle doubleheader going 2-for-8, while Jordan Mesoraco collected a base hit and an RBI in his final time playing for Clarion. Fellow senior Ben Thomas was also 1-for-3 with a run scored, while Joe Holmberg was hitless in three at bats in his final contest.

Clarion ends the season 8-27 overall and 6-22 in the PSAC West.

NOTES – Pirritano and Danver go down as the most plunked Golden Eagles since 1979 with Pirritano’s 24 times being hit by a pitch in his career being the most in that span and Danver’s 23 being the second most with Andrew Petruska and Jared Frey. Pirritano also stole 29 bases, including going 10 of 11 this year, which ties him for the second-most stolen bases at Clarion since 1979 with Jerico Weitzel. Clarion University Sports Hall of Fame member James “Pint” Barton is the leader since 1979 with 43 (43 of 46 in a career that spanned from 1984-87).

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