Norfolk, Va. – Former UMBC baseball standout Zach Clark (Newark, Del./Newark) threw his first career complete game, a three-hit shutout, as the Norfolk Tides downed the Gwinnett Braves, 4-0, Friday night at Harbor Park. The Retriever alum now has 15 wins this year between his work at Norfolk and Bowie, the Baltimore Orioles' Triple-A and Double-A affiliates, respectively.
A non-drafted free agent in 2006, Clark needed just 95 pitches, 71 of which were for strikes, to roll through the Gwinnett lineup last night. The right-hander did not walk a single batter in the game, recording five strikeouts and getting 14 groundball outs.
For the season, Clark is 5-2 with the Triple-A club while posting a 1.75 ERA. Earlier in the year, while pitching for Bowie, Clark was named to the Eastern League All Star Game and finished his stint with the Baysox with a 10-5 record to go along with a 3.19 ERA over 121.1 innings of work. In addition, he became Bowie's all-time winningest pitcher with a victory in early August.
Clark played over the course of five seasons for the Retrievers as both a pitcher and a designated hitter. His best season for UMBC came 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 all-time.
The Tides are currently 72-69 and in second place in the International League South behind the Charlotte Knights, whom have already clinched the division. Meanwhile, Norfolk is just five games back from the Pawtucket Red Sox for the wild card spot with three games to play.