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Clegg pitched the sixth and the seventh, striking out two in his 16th appearance of the season. He has thrown 55.0 innings to date and holds a 4.91 ERA with 22 walks and 22 strikeouts.
Clegg, who played for the SteepleCats in the Summer of 2008, is 2-3 in eight starts for the Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League.
UMass baseball's own Mitchell Clegg fired his best outing of the year and Potomac knocked off Lynchburg 6-2 from City Stadium on Friday night.
The Woburn, Mass., native improved to 2-2, only allowing four hits and never dealing with any significant jams. The one run he allowed came in the first inning when he hit lead-off man Todd Cunningham and then gave up a double to Phil Gosselin two batters later. Cunningham came all the way around from first to score, but by that point, Potomac had all the runs it needed.
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Through seven starts this season, Clegg has thrown a total of 36.2 innings with 11 walks, 16 strikeouts and a 4.66 earned run average.
He was helped by his defense which turned a double play and caught a runner trying to steal. Josh Smoker relieved Clegg with one out in the sixth and was helped by a spectacular diving catch in right field by Hood and a brilliant stab of a grounder and strong throw to first by Francisco Soriano.
The P-Nats won on a walk-off single in the ninth, a 5-4 victory.
Clegg scattered five hits, walked one and struck out two in his outing. He is now 1-2 on the year through six starts with a 5.46 ERA.
Read the entire game recap here: Walk-off single leads Potomac Nationals to victory
Torra threw a seven inning complete game two-hitter, collecting a win as the Reno Aces swept a doubleheader against the Salt Lake Bees. He allowed two runs, walked one and struck out two en route to the 3-2 victory. Torra is now 2-0 on the season with a 4.50 ERA, throwing 34 innings over six starts with nine walks and 12 strikeouts.
Clegg started, but did not factor into the decision for the Potomac Nationals who fell to the Winston-Salem Dash, 5-3 on the road. The former UMass lefty tossed five innings and allowed two runs on six hits, while walking one and striking out three. He is currently 1-2 on the year with a 6.29 ERA in five starts for a total of 24.1 innings with eight walks and 12 Ks.
Clegg is currently 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA after pitching four innings in his 2011 debut last week, a 3-2 win over the Winston-Salem Dash.
Instead of working out on his own, Clegg's new routine called for visiting Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning four times a week for 15 weeks. Other athletes who have sought out Boyle in the past include Nomar Garciaparra, Cam Neely, Ray Bourque and Rich Hill, a Boston native who pitched for the Red Sox in 2010.
"It is in Woburn, in my hometown, so I really had no excuse not to go," said Clegg, a minor league pitcher in the Washington Nationals' farm system. "I slimmed down and put on some muscle mass. I needed it. I feel as good as I have in a couple of years."
Read more of David Driver's Former UMass pitcher Mitch Clegg making strides in Nationals' farm system
Clegg did not earn a decision, but threw four innings and allowed two runs on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts in the seven-inning contest.
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Clegg was 9-3 with the Hagerstown Suns last season and posted a 3.48 earned run average in 93.0 innings on the mound with 55 walks and 22 strikeouts.
Clegg was 9-4 with a 3.20 ERA in 107 innings of work last season and started 16 games. He logged 63 strikeouts and 25 walks in 2010.
Potomac will open its season on Friday, Apr. 8, at home against the Lynchburg Hillcats at 7:05 p.m.
Serino and Leigh joined Mitchell Clegg, Matt Torra, Ron Villone, Chad Paronto, and Nick Gorneault as former Minutemen getting paid to play the national past time.
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Clegg, who has battled injury over the past two months, is currently on the seven-day disabled list.
Clegg was interviewed by the Herald-Mail following the game: "I felt good," Clegg said. "The biggest thing was I was trying to get back to how I was doing before I got hurt and I wanted to control my emotions. I know I'm not going to be a strikeout pitcher. so it is important for me to have good defense behind me. I tried to work fast to help them stay ready. I got a lot of ground balls off my sinker."
Clegg is now 9-1 on the season with Hagerstown, boasting a 2.52 ERA with 44 strikeouts to just 17 walks in 78.2 innings on the hill.
Conversely, lefty Mitchell Clegg limited the Gulf Coast League Mets to two runs, one earned, on seven hits over five innings in his rehab start with the GCL Nationals, but was hooked with the loss in the 4-1 game.