Clark Earns First Win Throwing Knuckleball as Bowie Defeats Akron, 7-5

UMBC Alum Zach Clark
UMBC Alum Zach Clark

AKRON, Ohio – UMBC alum Zach Clark (Newark, Del.) earned his first win while throwing predominantly a knuckleball as the Bowie Baysox defeated the Akron Aeros, 7-5, Wednesday night at Canal Park.

Clark pitched five innings, surrendering two runs on five hits while striking out four.

The Baysox, the Baltimore Orioles' Double-A affiliate, scored three runs in both the first and sixth innings and added one in the ninth, taking advantage of three Akron errors.

Clark's win is his first since being sent back to the minors to work on developing a knuckleball.  The veteran right-hander made his Major League debut for the Orioles back on May 1 when he threw 1.2 innings against the Seattle Mariners. 

Since his demotion, Clark, along with fellow Bowie knuckler Eddie Gamboa, has received training from Hall of Famer Phil Niekro who mastered the knuckleball during 24 seasons in the league, primarily with the Atlanta Braves.

Clark competed for the Retrievers from 2002-2006, when he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Orioles.  During his UMBC career, the right-hander made 41 starts, the third-highest total in school history, while striking out 171 hitters, the sixth-highest total for the program.  Following his senior season, Clark earned a bachelor's degree in psychology.