History In The Making In Twinbill Split

Sami West struck out a career-high 15 and threw a no-hitter in the season-opening 3-0 win.
Sami West struck out a career-high 15 and threw a no-hitter in the season-opening 3-0 win.

Naples, Fla.  – Clark University opened up their 2017 campaign with a split of a pair of games on Saturday morning at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic. The Cougars got a historic pitching performance from hurler Sami West (Gonic, N.H.) in the opener and then Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H.) made history in the nightcap.

Game 1 Information
Score:
Clark University 3, Elms College 0
Records: Clark University 1-0; Elms College 0-1
Location: North Collier Regional Park, Field No. 2, Naples, Fla.

How It Happened:
West led the Cougars in the opener, twirling a no-hitter, fanning 15 batters enroute to a 3-0 win for Clark University over Elms College.

Before West (1-0) even stepped into the circle, she had all the run support she would need courtesy of freshman Kaitlyn DeBlois (Turner, Maine).

In the top of the first with one out, back-to-back singles from Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H.) and Taylor Erickson (Natick, Mass.) put two runners on for DeBlois who crushed her first homerun to left field in her first collegiate at-bat, staking West to a 3-0 lead.

From then on, it was all West as she fanned the first three batters she faced – all swinging. She then went on to strikeout at least two batter in every inning except the third and the seventh and at one point struck out six batters in a row.

It was only fitting for West to fan opposing pitcher Tessa Cote to end the game, preserving the shutout, the win and the no-hitter.

Overall, West went all seven innings, allowing no hits, just two walks and the career-high 15 strikeouts.

Inside The Box Score:
In addition to DeBlois' big first inning blow, Mackey collected three hits, giving her 99 for her career and Kayleigh McHugh (Pepperell, Mass.) registered a pair of hits, including a second inning double.

Game 2 Information
Score:
Eastern Nazarene 1, Clark University 0
Records: Eastern Nazarene 2-0, Clark University 1-1
Location: North Collier Regional Park, Field No. 2, Naples, Fla.

How It Happened:
Mackey joined the exclusive 100-hit club on with her first inning base hit but the Cougars only mustered four hits overall as the Lions posted the 1-0 win.

Brenna Foley (Charlton, Mass.) pitched well but took the loss after going the distance and scattering seven singles while striking out five. Three of those singles came in the fourth inning when ENC pushed across the lone run of the contest.

Clark had their best scoring chance in the fifth when they had runners on first and second with two outs but Eastern Nazarene hurler Heidi Gomez was able to escape the inning without allowing any damage.

In addition to Mackey's historic first inning base hit – which extended her hitting streak to 13 straight games - the Cougars' other hits came from Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.), pinch hitter Sarah Woods (Littleton, Mass.) and Leah Bodin (Andover, Vt.).

Up Next:
Clark will face New Jersey City University and Mount Mary on Monday morning.