Worcester, Mass. – Visiting Roger Williams University rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh to win game one, 5-4, but host Clark University (14-16) avoided the sweep with a 3-1 win in the nightcap in non-league softball action on Tuesday afternoon at O'Brien Field.
The Hawks (14-17) found themselves down 4-0 after the first inning of game one after the Cougars' first three batters all singled – including Erin Murphy (Boxboro, Mass.), who's RBI single was the 100th hit of her career. In all, Clark sent eight batters to the plate and Meghan Lennon (Charlton, Mass.), Shawna Amatucci (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Stefanie Kettenacker (Hastings-on-the-Hudson, N.Y.) all collected RBI.
Roger Williams got on the board in the third when Molly Petrone (Northboro, Mass.) got on base with a bunt single and then came around to score on an Erica Castro (Medford, N.Y.) double to the right center field gap.
Things stayed that way until the seventh when the Hawks made their move. It all started with singles by Lauren Tierney (Middleboro, Mass.) and Jaclyn Doolin (Miller Place, N.Y.) and then a walk by Julia Giancola (Durham, Conn.) to load the bases.
Petrone drove home a run with a single to center and then another came around on an error, making the score 4-3. Kaitlyn Costa (Cranston, R.I.) eventually gave Roger Williams the lead with a two-run double to right center.
Clark put runners on the corners in the bottom of the seventh, but reliever Stacey Broughton (Newtown, Conn.) got Tatiana Chunis (Sutton, Mass.) to strikeout to end the game.
The Cougars actually fell behind 1-0 in the nightcap when the Hawks got an unearned run in the first off of starter Hayley Buckheit (Camden Hills, Maine).
Things stayed that way until the bottom of the fifth when Kiah Murphy (Westport, Mass.) picked up an infield hit with. Maya Allen (Concord, Mass.) doubled, putting runners on second and third with one out. Erin Murphy then doubled herself, driving in a pair of runs to give Clark the lead. She then came around to score on a Lennon double to center, making the score, 3-1.
That would be all Buckheit would need as she had her best outing in a Cougar uniform, tossing a complete game two-hitter without allowing a run.
Clark will return to the diamond on Friday when they visit Smith, while the Hawks host Framingham State on Thursday.