William Penn University
Danny Erece sat down batter after batter as the William Penn baseball team split a Midwest Collegiate Conference doubleheader with Clarke Saturday.
The Statesmen (14-12, 4-4 MCC) lost the opener 11-2, but rebounded for a 1-0 win in the nightcap.
The Statesmen scored once in the first inning of game one when Kyle Mauricio came around on a single by Roy Perez. The Crusaders (16-10, 4-2 MCC) answered back with seven in a row in the first and second.
Mauricio led off the third with a single, one of seven William Penn hits (Clarke had nine), and eventually rounded the pads to make it 7-2. Although seven more Statesmen players would reach base, no one advanced past first base. Clarke put up four more in the latter innings for the victory.
Perez finished 2-for-2, while Stan Simmons was 2-for-4. Brian Williams took the loss in a rough start. Brock Simon was quite effective in relief, striking out two in 1 1/3 innings of relief.
The second matchup was a classic pitching duel with the teams combing for just four hits (William Penn outhit Clarke 3-1). Simmons pounded a one-out double in the top of the third and then moved to a third on a wild pitch. The junior touched the final base in the next at-bat on a groundout by Mauricio.
That would be all she wrote as Erece shut down the home team, permitting only one second-inning base knock. The senior struck out three with two walks and did not allow a baserunner to get into scoring position. He was perfect in the first, third, fourth, and sixth frames.