Zach Clark Featured in the Gazette
UMBC senior Zach Clark was named Co-MVP in the Cal Ripken Sr., Collegiate Baseball Tournament.
Baltimore, Md. Ė UMBC baseball senior Zach Clark (Newark, Del./Newark) was named co-MVP of the 2005 Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League Championship Series after leading the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts to a share of the league title. Clark shared the honor with San Francisco University Outfielder Jonnie Knoble, who was a member of the Bethesda Big Train.
Clark went 4-for-5 at the plate as a DH in the teamís first game of the playoffs, scoring one run and driving in another as the Thunderbolts defeated Rockville, 10-7. Clark took the mound in the next game, allowing one run in 7.0 innings in the Thunderbolts 9-1 win over Bethesda. Clark scattered five hits and allowed two walks while striking out two. One of Clarkís five hits went to Knoble, his co-MVP.
Clark finished the playoffs batting .714, going 5-of-7 at the plate with a run and RBI in two games. He finished with a 1.29 ERA in his one appearance.
Over the course of the summer league, Clark was nearly untouchable, holding a 0.67 ERA and going 7-1 in eight starts with two complete games. Clark led the team with 54.0 innings pitched, allowing a mere six total runs and four earned runs. Clark held opponents to a .228 batting average and struck out 23.
Silver Spring-Takoma and Bethesda shared the league title after heavy rains interrupted the conclusion of the inaugural season of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League.