Clark Throws One Inning, But Western Division Falls in Double-A All Star Game

Former Retriever Zach Clark pitched one inning in the Eastern League All Star Game
Former Retriever Zach Clark pitched one inning in the Eastern League All Star Game

READING, Pa. – Former UMBC pitcher Zach Clark (Newark, Del./Newark) threw one inning for the Western Division team in the Eastern League All Star Game, but the Eastern Division walked-off with a 5-4 win in the bottom of the ninth, Wednesday evening at FirstEnergy Stadium.

With the score tied at four, Binghamton's Eric Campbell singled off of Hector Nelo (Harrisburg) to plate Troy Hanzawa (Reading) with the game-winning run.

Representing the Bowie Baysox, the Baltimore Orioles' Double-A affiliate, Clark entered the game to start the third inning with the score tied at one.  The former Retriever gave up two runs on four hits in the inning, but was no-decisioned as the Western Division scored twice in the top of the fourth to knot the game at three.

This season, Clark is 7-4 with a 3.82 ERA in 15 starts for the Baysox, leading the squad in wins, innings pitched (94.1) and WHIP (1.30).  In addition, he has thrown one complete game while striking out 50 batters and issuing only 29 walks.  The right-hander also made two starts with the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides, going 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA in 11.1 innings of work.

After a five-year playing career at UMBC as both a pitcher and a designated hitter, Clark signed with the Baltimore Orioles as a non-drafted free agent in 2006.  The righty has his best season at UMBC as a senior when he went 1-6 with a 3.86 ERA.  For his career Clark made 41 starts, the third-highest total in school history while also striking out 171 batters, the sixth-highest total for the Retrievers.

Clark was joined on the Western Division squad by four other Baysox – Buck Britton, Jonathan Schoop, Pedro Viola, and Robbie Widlansky.