UMBC FIFTH-YEAR SENIOR ZACH CLARK SIGNS WITH THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES
UMBC fifth-year senior Zach Clark signed with the Baltimore Orioles.
Baltimore, Md. - UMBC fifth-year senior Zach Clark (Newark, Del./Newark) signed with the Baltimore Orioles after completing his final year of eligibility at UMBC in 2006. Clark, a 6í0Ē, 190 lb., right handed pitcher, has joined Baltimoreís extended spring training camp in Sarasota, Fla., and is expected to be sent either to short-season Bluefield or Aberdeen when their seasons starts in June.
Clark at UMBC rose through the career pitching charts and finished with one of his finest years as a senior, recording a team-best 3.86 ERA in 12 appearances. Clark pitched 53.2 innings in 2006, recording 53 strike outs and allowing 23 earned runs on 58 hits.
Clark as a freshman in 2002 pitched 79.1 innings with 16 appearances and a 4.88 ERA. He tallied 57 strikeouts that year and as a junior recorded a personal single-season high with 63 strikeouts in 41.2 innings pitched.
Clark pitched for the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts during the summer of 2005, earning Co-MVP of the 2005 Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League Championship Series and to the all-league team as a right handed pitcher. Clark led the Thurderbolts with 54.0 innings pitched, allowing a mere six total runs and four earned runs all season. He finished the summer season with 23 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .228 batting average.
For his career, Clark ranks second in UMBC history in starts with 41, sixth in strikeouts with 179, eighth in innings pitched with 242.2 and eighth in appearances with 53.
Clark offensively has been one of UMBCís top hitters over the past five years, recording the teamís longest hit streaks in each of the last three seasons, including a 20-game hit streak this past year. Clark as a senior batted .341 with a 33 RBI and 58 hits.
Fifth-year seniors are eligible to sign contracts after they finish their last college class.