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Betz, Burns and Clara Lead Hopkins to Sweep of Ursinus

Frank Clara tallied four hits, six RBI and two home runs in the doubleheader
Frank Clara tallied four hits, six RBI and two home runs in the doubleheader
April 21, 2018

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 Lauren Dellipoali
By Lauren Dellipoali
Athletic Communications Assistant
GAME ONE
• Score: Hopkins – 12 • Ursinus - 6
• Records: JHU (21-10, 10-3 CC) • Ursinus (9-17-1, 4-7-1 CC)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Babb Field at Stromberg Stadium
• Pitching Decision: W - Preston Betz (3-0), L – Matt Bull (0-4)
• The Short Story: Frank Clara hit two home runs and knocked in five RBI while Dillon Bowman smacked a grand slam as Preston Betz earned the win in his first appearance since March 31 as JHU took game one over Ursinus, 12-6.

How it Happened
• The Bears got to Betz in the first inning scoring two runs on a double by Mike Stanziale.
• JHU responded in the bottom of the frame, loading the bases for Bowman who took the 1-1 pitch from Bull over the left field wall to put the Blue Jays up 4-2.
• Making his comeback on the mound, Betz settled down after the first inning as the junior right-hander got the Bears in order in the second and worked around an error in the third, getting a double play to eliminate any potential Ursinus rally.
Mike Smith was hit by a pitch to lead off the third and came around to score on a double by Clara to put Hopkins up 5-3. Mike Ainsworth later doubled to score Clara and put JHU up by four at 6-3.
• Betz once again retired the side in order in the fourth and worked around a one-out single in the fifth to keep the visitors scoreless.
• Clara launched a 1-1 pitch over the left field wall in the bottom of the fifth to add two more runs to the JHU lead.
Mike Eberle double home two more runs in the seventh to put the Blue Jays up 10-3.
• In the eighth, Alex Mumme doubled off new JHU pitcher Jack Bunting and scored on a home run by Carter Usowski to make the score 10-5. Three straight singles loaded the bases for Ursinus with one out as Josh Hejka entered the game looking to limit the damage. Ursinus worked a walk to force in a run and make the score 10-6, but Hejka got a huge double play ball and ended the inning without any more damage.
• Hopkins got some of the runs back in the bottom of the inning as Clara hit his second two-run home run of the day to put JHU up 12-6 and Hejka would get the Bears out in the top of the ninth to seal the 12-6 win.

Inside the Box Score
• In his return, Betz earned his third win, going seven innings allowing two runs on nine hits. He walked none and got two strikeouts. He currently has 99 strikeouts in his career.
• Clara led the team with five RBI while Bowman had four. Clara also had a team-high four hits.
• The Bears outhit the Blue Jays 15-11. This is the fifth time this season Hopkins has won a game when being outhit by the opponent.

GAME TWO
• Score: JHU – 5 • Ursinus - 0
• Records: JHU (22-11, 11-3) • Ursinus (9-18-1, 4-9-1 CC)
• Pitching Decision: Nick Burns (4-1) • L – Steve DiStefano (1-2)
• The Short Story: Nick Burns pitched a complete game two-hit shutout as the Blue Jays completed the sweep of Ursinus, taking game two, 5-0.

How it Happened
• Burns allowed a one-out double in the first but retired the next two batters to keep the game scoreless. He would not allow a baserunner until a walk in the fourth, but he left that runner stranded as well.
• Clara notched his sixth RBI of the day in the second to give JHU a 1-0 as his sacrifice fly scored Austin Sacks.
• Burns continued to mow down the Bear’s hitters, retiring five straight batters until a two-out walk in the sixth. He did not allow another hit until the eight.
• JHU gave Burns some more runs to work with in the seventh as Alex Darwiche hit his team-leading fifth home run of the season to lead off the seventh.
• The Blue Jays added three more runs in the eighth on ground-rule doubles from Sacks and Bowman to put Johns Hopkins up 5-0.
• Burns finished the game getting Ursinus out in order in the ninth to seal the 5-0 win.

Inside the Box Score
• The complete game was the first in Burns’ career as the senior lefty went the distance allowing just two hits and two walks. He also struck out nine batters in the game. The two hits are the fewest allowed by a Blue Jay pitcher this season.
• Both Darwiche and Sacks had three hits in the game to lead the team while Bowman led the team with two RBI.
• JHU outhit the Bears in game two, 11-2.

What it Means
• The Blue Jays are now 85-24 all-time against the Bears and have won the last eight meetings. Ursinus has not won a game in Baltimore since 2009.

Up Next
• Hopkins returns to the diamond tomorrow to take on #27 Salisbury on the road at 2 pm.

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