Cougars Drop Two One-Run Decisions

Cougars Drop Two One-Run Decisions

Naples, Fla. – The Clark University softball team dropped a pair of heartbreakers on Tuesday morning, getting edged 2-1 by Nazareth before Drew University slipped by them, 7-6 at the North Collier Sports Complex.

The losses send the Cougars' record to 3-5 in advance of their final twinbill on Wednesday against Wilmington College and Eastern Nazarene.

In the opener, Sami West (Gonic, N.H.) was strong in the circle, going the distance and striking out five while scattering seven hits and allowing the two earned runs.

The Golden Flyers got both of their runs in the fourth when they strung together three straight hits to open the frame highlighted by pitcher Katie Mertens' two-run double down the left field line.

Clark actually had the chance to get on the board in the top of the fourth when Alyssa Wright (Manchester, N.H.) was hit by a pitch and then Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H.) and Rachel Kraytenberg (Londonderry, N.H.) each walked to load the bases with one out.

Mertens buckled down, however, and was able to strike out Taylor Erickson (Natick, Mass.) and then get Anjelica Gonzalez (Merrimack, N.H.) on a fielder's choice to end the threat.

The Scarlet and White did scratch a run across in the sixth when Kraytenberg was hit by a pitch and Gonzalez followed with a single. Pinch runner Leah Bodin (Andover, Vt.) came around to score an unearned run when Danielle Tesler (Stoughton, Mass.) reached on error.

In the nightcap, the Cougars put up six runs in the second but the Rangers rallied and plated the winning run in the top of the seventh.

All of Clark's runs in that six-run second came with two outs beginning with an Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.) RBI single that put runners on the corners. Wright reached on an error and Mackey walked to load the bases and set the stage for Kraytenberg who doubled to center, clearing the bases. Gonzalez then tacked on another with her infield single.

Drew answered back with four in the third and then two more in the fourth to tie the game off of Clark starter Brenna Foley (Charlton, Mass.).

The Rangers got the game-winning run in the top of the seventh on a bases loaded sacrifice fly.

Both Kraytenberg and Wright had two hits each, while Mackey had two walks and a run scored.

Clark wraps up its stay in the Sunshine State with their first of two games on Wednesday beginning at 11:00 AM.