WORCESTER, Mass. — Freshman Michael Mainuli twirled a complete-game three-hitter, propelling Clark University to a 9-0 win over the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in non-conference baseball action on Tuesday afternoon.
Mainuli (1-0) was dazzling in picking up his first career win, striking out 11 while walking just three batters.
In today’s victory, Mainuli came out firing, striking out five of the first nine batters he faced. While Mainuli was containing the Trailblazer line-up, the Clark offense gave him an early cushion.
The Cougars put the game away in the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Ian Farrell and a two-run home run from Nick Kellogg. Kellogg’s blast to left looked as if it might be caught, but bounced off the glove of MCLA outfielder Cody Weaver and caromed over the fence.
Daniel Gaines started the game for the Trailblazers, going 3.2 innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs – only three of which were earned.
Chase Priete was MCLA’s most effective pitcher after moving to the mound from second base, tossing three innings of no-hit relief.
Matthew Bohl went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a pair of stolen bases for Clark, while James Cadogan and Carter each had two hits as well.
The Cougars (3-11) will return to the diamond on Thursday with a home contest against Daniel Webster, while the Trailblazers host Norwich tomorrow.
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