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Clemmenson’s grand slam fuels DU win

Kyle Clemmenson hit his second-career grand slam against La Roche.
Kyle Clemmenson hit his second-career grand slam against La Roche.

Senior Kyle Clemmenson's grand slam in the seventh inning powered the Big Red baseball team to a 6-1 victory over La Roche College on Wednesday afternoon at Consol Energy Park in Washington, Pa.

The Redhawks broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third when Dan Burns knocked in Shane Healey with a two-out double to right field.  The score remained 1-0 until the top of the seventh when the Big Red pushed across five runs on three hits and two walks.

Sophomore Ryan Mulligan drew a lead-off walk to open the seventh inning.  After a passed ball and a single to center by Lowell Hall put runners at the corners, senior Tim Duxbury tied the game with a base hit to right.

With runners at first and second and no outs, sophomore Nick Marsit moved both runners up 90 feet with a sacrifice bunt to first.  With two down, the La Roche coaching staff elected to load the bases with an intentionally walk to Charlie Apfelbach, who entered the at bat 2-for-3 with two doubles.  That free pass set the stage for Clemmenson who crushed his second-career grand slam and third home run of the season.  Denison added a single run in the ninth inning when Apfelbach drove in Marsit with a one-out base hit.

Sophomore Kyle Colgain picked up his third victory of the season after tossing three shutout innings out of the pen.  Colgain scattered two hits and fanned four batters.  Senior reliever Philip Seay recorded a three-inning save after allowing two hits and striking out two in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.  Junior Connor Murphy got the start and allowed one run on four hits with one K.

Apfelbach finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, a run and two stolen bases, while Clemmenson drove in four runs with one swing of the bat.  Hall logged two singles, while Duxbury and Marsit each logged a hit.

Healey and Burns paced the Redhawks with two hits each.  Adam Rousseau suffered the loss after allowing two runs on one hit in one inning of work.

The Big Red improves to 16-10, while La Roche falls to 20-7.  Denison returns to action on Thursday when they travel to Muskingum University for a nine-inning contest.  First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.

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