Waltham, Mass. – Despite a massive display of power by clubbing a combined six homeruns, Clark University was swept by Brandeis University in a non-league softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Marcus Field.
The two wins for the Judges in their home opener sends their record to 10-7, while the Cougars slip to 5-9 after have lost four straight and seven of their last nine.
Clark's two defeats also spoils a milestone for senior Alyssa Wright (Manchester, N.H.) who recorded her 100th career hit and blasted a homerun in each of the contests.
Game 1: Brandeis University 10, Clark University 7
The Judges, already ahead 4-3, erupted for six runs in the bottom of the fourth highlighted by two-run doubles by both Madison Sullivan and Jordan Buscetto.
Up until that point the Cougars stayed close as Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H.) drove in a run in the first on a double and both Rachel Kraytenberg (Londonderry, N.H.) and Taylor Erickson (Natick, Mass.) had each hit solo homeruns.
Now down 10-3, Clark mounted a comeback in the sixth as both Wright and Kraytenberg blasted two-run homeruns to get the Scarlet and White to within three at 10-7, but that would be as close as the Cougars would get as Melissa Soleimani closed the door for the Judges.
Sullivan was the catalyst for Brandeis in the opener as she went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI.
Clark smacked four homeruns in the contest, including two by Kraytenberg who also drove in three runs.
Game 2: Brandeis University 10, Clark University 9
In the nightcap, Clark jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead highlighted by a two-run double from Angelica Gonzalez (Merrimack, N.H.).
Brandeis answered with two runs of their own on the second but Gonzalez blasted her first career homerun – a three-run shot that pushed the Clark lead to 6-2 after three innings of play.
The Judges bats woke up in the fifth, plating four unearned runs to tie the score.
Clark wasted little time jumping back in front as they got three runs in the sixth, highlighted by Wright's second homerun of the day, giving the Scarlet and White a 9-6 edge.
Brandeis was able to mount an incredible comeback, tying the game on a two-run shot to center by Liana Moss and then they secured the sweep on Amanda Shore's RBI single to right.
Gonzalez drove in a career-high five runs for Clark in the nightcap, while Wright went 2-for-4.
Clark will return to action on Tuesday when they visit Becker College beginning at 3:00 p.m.