Pitched for the Peninsula Pilots of the Coastal Plains League....Co-led the CPL in wins with eight, compiling an 8-1 record in a league-leading 83.0 innings pitched....Allowed only 13 earned runs, 43 hits, struck out 73 and walked just 23....His 1.54 ERA was sixth in the league....Had three pickoffs and held opponents to a .171 batting average....Helped lead the Pilots to the championship game of the CPL playoffs and picked up the win in the semifinals.
Co-led the team in starts with 14, which also tied him for second all-time in school history....Third on the team in quality starts with seven....Was the team's Sunday starter for all but one Big Ten weekend....Suffered early in the season from a lack of run support, as he got an average of just 2.75 runs per game in his first eight starts....Averaged eight runs of support in his last six starts, during which he went 3-2....Had the best walk to strikeout ratio on the team (1:5.5) with just 14 walks and 77 strikeouts....From March 19-April 30, he issued just three walks, spanning seven starts....Had a string of 26.2 straight innings without allowing a walk from April 16-May 8....Co-led the Big Ten through the end of the regular season with four pickoffs and ended the year tied for third in the conference in pickoffs....Led the team in strikeouts with 77, which placed him third in the Big Ten....Second on the team in innings pitched (91.2) and sixth in the Big Ten....Tied for third in the Big Ten for fewest walks allowed....Fifth in the Big Ten in strikeouts looking with 25.
Pitched five innings and allowed just six hits and struck out six vs. nationally-ranked Tulane (2-19)....Threw seven innings, allowing four runs and struck out six in a no decision vs. West Virginia (2-26)....Allowed just three runs in a five-inning start vs. Central Michigan (3-6) but got the loss in a 3-1 setback....Pitched eight innings, allowing just one runs on five hits with seven strikeouts but got a no decision in a 2-1 loss vs. Bethune-Cookman (3-11)....Allowed just two runs in a 6.1 innings but was tagged with the loss in a 5-0 defeat by Minnesota (4-2).....Allowed only one earned run in 6.1 innings but lost in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Iowa (4-8)....Pitched seven innings and allowed five earned runs with a season-high eight strikeouts in a no decision vs. Michigan State (4-16) in a game the Nittany Lions won in their final at bat....Picked up his first win of the season by throwing 7.1 innings in a 15-5 win at Northwestern (4-23)....Threw the first complete game shutout of his career vs. Indiana (4-30), allowing just six hits and striking out seven and walking none in an 11-0 win....Allowed only two runners to get to second base in his gem and also retired 13 of the last 15 hitters in the game....Was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for his performance vs. Indiana, the second straight Nittany Lion to be Big Ten POW after Alan Stidfole the previous week and he was also the third different Penn State pitcher to garner the award in 2006....Won his third straight game with a gutty 7.0 inning performance at Purdue (5-8), as he allowed four earned runs and equalled his season-high with eight strikeouts....Tossed 7.1 innings vs. Big Ten champion Michigan (5-14) and allowed just three runs but Penn State was shutout 4-0.
Pitched four innings, allowing only one run and three hits with four strikeouts against UNC-Charlotte (2/19), earning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors (2/22); pitched five innings with six strikeouts and only two runs against James Madison (2/27); struck out nine batters in seven innings and allowed no runs in win over Dallas Baptist (3/7); Named to Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic All-Tournament Team; Struck out four in five innings earning his first win of the season over Delaware (3/19 Game 2); Struck out seven batters against James Madison (3/26, Game 1); Gave up one earned run on five hits and struck out five in complete game win at Northwestern (4/9); Gave up just two runs on two hits in win over Minnesota (4/16); Had a 1:1 strikeouts to innings pitched ratio.
Threw 2.1 innings with one run on two hits and two strikeouts in win over Texas-San Antonio (3/6); Pitched 5.1 innings with seven runs on eight hits and three strikeouts in loss to Southern Illinois (3/9); Struck out two in three innings of relief in win over St. Bonaventure (4/7); Threw for 3.1 innings and struck out four versus Minnesota (4/16); Started versus Delaware in game 1 (4/20), struck out five in 4.1 innings; Gave up just one earned run on three hits and struck out one versus Michigan State (5/14).
Was 33-8 overall during his career at Spring Ford High School; Four no-hitters and 406 total strikeouts; All-Area second team freshman year; All-Area first team, PAC 10 first team three years; Played in the Carpenter Cup three times and won it in 2003; District 1 AAA Champions 2001; PAC 10 Champions 2001; Earned four varsity letters, captain junior and senior years; Honor Roll all four years; Also played basketball and football.
Craig Nathan Clark was born July 9, 1984, in Phoenixville, Pa.; Son of Ron and Laura Clark; Sister Jessica (19); Craig is majoring in recreation, park and tourism management.
Robbie Wine on Craig Clark
- "Clarky is one of only four seniors on this year's squad. He provides leadership for our pitching staff. Craig enjoys competition and will have the opportunity to continue his career at the professional level. Craig is a good student and carried a 3.0 gpa this past fall."