Cougars Blanked In Season Finale

Cougars Blanked In Season Finale

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Clark University offense sputtered and they dropped their final doubleheader of the year to Worcester city rival, Worcester State, 6-0 and 4-0 at Rockwood Park on Friday afternoon in non-league softball action.

Game One: Worcester State 6, Clark 0

The Lancers shutout Clark 6-0 in the opener, as senior Pitcher Kayla Humphrey (Wallingford, Conn.) tossed a complete-game four hit shutout with two strikeouts.

Offensively, the Lancers were paced by senior Courtney Salisbury (Cranston, R.I.), junior Kaci Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.), and sophomore Kristen Huston (Spencer, Mass.). Salisbury finished 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI, while Panarelli and rookie Shannon Magner (Lynn, Mass.) finished 2-for-3.

The Cougars had four hits in the game including a double by sophomore Taylor Erickson (Natick, Mass.). Senior Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H.), sophomore Serina Cook (Sunderland, Mass.), and freshmen Kaitlyn DeBlois (Turner, Maine) also registered hits for the Cougars in game one.

The Lancers took the lead early in the first inning when Panarelli's RBI single scored Huston and Sydney Despres (Sterling, Mass.). They added two more in the bottom of the fourth when a Salisbury double plated Magner. Salisbury rounded the bases and she scored on an RBI single from Huston.

The Lancers added their last pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth when Salisbury plated Magner and senior Corrie Derosier (Shrewsbury, Mass.) to insure the win.

Brenna Foley (Charlton, Mass.) pitched 3.2 innings for the Cougars and was charged with the loss, moving her record to 2-7. Humphrey was tabbed with the win and improves to 3-4 on the season.

Game Two: Worcester State 4, Clark 0

Worcester State's rookie pitcher, Carly Zielinski (Monson, Mass.) led the Lancers in game two with another complete-game shutout, allowing six hits and striking out a career-high eight batters.

The Lancers once again reached the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single from Rachel Couto (Chelmsford, Mass.).

It wasn't until the bottom of the fifth inning that the Lancers were able to score again, when Derosier plated Monica Ferrazzani (North Reading, Mass.) on an RBI single to left center.

Worcester State assured the win in the bottom of the sixth when Panarelli and Zielkinski drove in two runs on a double and a single, respectively, to left field.

Despres and Panarelli piloted the offense in game two as they each picked up a single and a double.

For the visitors, Christina Kopacz (North Grosvenordale, Conn.) led the offense going 3-for-3 with a double. Sami West (Gonic, N.H.), Mackey, and Cook scattered the other six hits for the Cougars.

West suffered the loss in the circle, as she pitched for six innings and allowed four runs on eight hits. She concludes the season at 3-7, while Zielinski improves to 2-0.

Clark concludes their season with a 9-23 overall record.