Clark Picks up Win as Orioles Defeat Twins in Grapefruit League Action

Retriever Alum Zach Clark
Retriever Alum Zach Clark

SARASOTA, Fla. – Former UMBC standout Zach Clark (Newark, Del.) threw one scoreless inning and earned the win as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Minnesota Twins, 5-3, in the team's Grapefruit League opener, Saturday at Ed Smith Stadium.

Coming into a 3-3 game, Clark yielded only one hit, a two-out single to Clete Thomas, before retiring the side.  The Retriever alum then got Mark Sobolewski to ground into a force out to end the inning.

In the bottom half of the inning, Trayvon Robinson hit a two-run homerun for the Birds to give Baltimore the lead, 5-3.  Adam Russell gave up just one hit in the top of the ninth to preserve the win and earn the save.

Clark competed at UMBC from 2002 until 2006, when he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Orioles.  While with the Retrievers, Clark made 41 starts, the third-highest total in school history, while also striking out 171 batters, the sixth-highest total for the Retrievers.  In his senior year, the right-hander went 1-6 while posting a career-best 3.86 ERA.  Following the season, Clark earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from UMBC.

After earning a split-squad victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, the O's host the New York Yankees on Monday afternoon.  First pitch from Ed Smith Stadium is set for 1:05 p.m.