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Clegg Earns Win Out Of Pen For P-Nats

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Former UMass left-hander Mitchell Clegg picked up the win out of the bullpen for the Potomac Nationals last night, a 4-3 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash. 

Clegg allowed one run on two hits with no walks and two strikeouts in 2.2 innings of work. He is currently 4-5 on the season with a 5.22 earned run average over 79.1 innings in 25 appearances with 25 walks to 36 strikeouts.

Former UMass lefty Mitchell Clegg tossed two perfect innings of relief for the Potomac Nationals last night as the squad rallied from a 4-1 deficit to win 6-4 in 10 innings against the Frederick Keys.

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 Mentioned In SteepleCats Pro Alumni Update

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Former UMass hurler Mitchell Clegg is mentioned in this piece from iberkshires.com on the North Adams SteepleCats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League and the team's 74 alumni who have gone on to play professionally.

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.

Read more of the recap on MiLB.com.

Clegg's performance is also mentioned on dcprosportsreport.com and on insidenova.com

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.

Solid Outing For Clegg, P-Nats Walk Off With Win

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UMass' Mitchell Clegg drew the start for Potomac on Sunday against the Wilmington Blue Rocks and though he did not get the win, Clegg kept the P-Nats in the game, yielding just a run on five hits through 5 1/3 innings.

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 & Clegg In Action On Monday In The Minors

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Former Minutemen hurlers Matt Torra and Mitchell Clegg drew starts on the mound for their respective clubs on Monday night.

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 Scheduled To Start For Potomac This Afternoon

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Former Minuteman Mitchell Clegg is slated to start for the Potomac Nationals this afternoon in the second game of a doubleheader on the road against the Frederick Keys. Game one is slated to begin at noon.

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.

Clegg Featured In Springfield Republican

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Mitch Clegg, the former University of Massachusetts pitcher, made some changes to his offseason conditioning program this past winter that he hopes will pay off as he pursues his dream of playing in the major leagues.

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 Starts, P-Nats Win Second Game Of Doubleheader

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Former Minuteman lefty hurler Mitchell Clegg made his first start of the 2011 season last night with the Potomac Nationals, and helped the team salvage a split of its doubleheader with a 3-2 game two victory.

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.

Mitchell Clegg Slated To Make P-Nats Debut Tonight

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UMass' own Mitchell Clegg is listed as the probable starting pitcher for the Potomac Nationals tonight as the P-Nats are slated to face the Winston-Salem Dash in a doubleheader tonight at 6:05 p.m.

Live audio is available via MiLB.com.

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 To Begin 2011 With Potomac Nationals

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Former UMass lefty hurler Mitchell Clegg will begin his third professional season with the Potomac Nationals, the class-A advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

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.

Examiner Roundup of UMass Minutemen Playing Pro Baseball

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This past summer, seven former UMass baseball players were in action in the minor leagues, including Nick Serino and Bryan Leigh, who both spent their first summers in pro ball.

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.

Check out this piece from Examiner.com, recapping the 2010 minor league season for all seven UMass baseball alumni.

Suns' Fan Club Names Clegg Pitcher Of The Year

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With the regular season winding down, the Hagerstown Suns Fan Club gave out its annual awards last Thursday night at Municipal Stadium. UMass' own Mitchell Clegg captured Pitcher of the Year honors and, at 9-3, currently leads the Suns in victories. The left-hander holds a 3.38 ERA in 19 games, including 12 starts and two saves.

Clegg, who has battled injury over the past two months, is currently on the seven-day disabled list.

Clegg Dominant In Hagerstown Return

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Former Minuteman Mitchell Clegg was dominant in his return to the mound for the Hagerstown Suns on Monday night, allowing just one run on five hits over six innings to pick up the win in the 8-1 victory.

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.

Minor League Updates On Torra And Clegg

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A pair of former Minutemen started on the mound yesterday with very different results. Aces starter Matt Torra didn't replicate his eight-inning gem from his last outing, but used poise and a little Reno lumber to quickly turn a disaster into an 11-8 shootout win Wednesday afternoon. Torra earned the decision for his fourth straight win. He is 6-1 with a 4.09 ERA over his last 10 starts.

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.

Torra Brilliant in 6-2 Aces Win

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Former Minuteman Matt Torra took a shutout into the ninth and finished with eight hits and two runs, one earned, working 8.1 innings in the Reno Aces' 6-2 win over Nashville last night. He walked one and punched out two in a 106-pitch effort. The Reno Gazette Journal also has a recap of the game and mentions that Torra has pitched six complete games in his career and owns one of two in franchise history, which came against Las Vegas on July 1. 

Another former UMass pitcher, Mitchell Clegg, also started yesterday, continuing his rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Nationals. In his longest outing since coming off the DL, Clegg threw four innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits with no walks and one strikeout vs. the Gulf Coast League Mets.

Clegg Continues Rehab Assignment In Gulf Coast League

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Mitchell Clegg continued his rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League yesterday, coming out of the bullpen for the GCL Nationals against the GCL Astros. Clegg worked three scoreless innings, not allowing a run on two hits with two walks and one strikeout.

Clegg Featured In Springfield Republican

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The Springfield Republican has a sensational feature on UMass alum Mitchell Clegg. The 2009 alum is 8-1 this year with an ERA of 2.60 in 16 games, including nine starts, for Hagerstown. In 72.2 innings he allowed 69 hits and 15 walks with 43 strikeouts. The story also mentions UMass' other products in the minors: Matt Torra, Chad Paronto, Nick Gorneault and Doug Clark.

Clegg And Serino Reunited In Gulf Coast League

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Coming off the disabled list, Mitchell Clegg has been sent to the Gulf Coast League for his rehab assignment, reuniting him with former UMass teammate and current Gulf Coast League Nationals team pitcher Nick Serino. Clegg started yesterday's game against the GCL Astros and worked two innings, giving up two unearned runs on two hits, striking out two. Serino pitched on Tuesday against the GCL Mets and had another scoreless outing, throwing 2.2 hitless innings and fanning three.

Clegg On Disabled List With Hagerstown Suns

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In case you were wondering what has happened to Mitchell Clegg, who was a regular in JTAM early in the season. The 2009 UMass product has been on the disabled list this entire month. He last pitched on June 30. Clegg has an 8-1 record with a 2.60 ERA with Hagerstown in the Washington Nationals system.

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