GAME ONE: Clark vs. Elms
-Score: Clark 10, Elms 6
-Records: Clark (5-4), Elms (0-8)
-Location: Naples, Fla. (CenturyLink Sports Conplex)
-The Lead: The Clark University softball team picked up a victory over the Blazers over Elms College on Tuesday afternoon. This was the two team's third meeting down in Florida, with the Cougars taking all three victories. The Cougars won the coin toss at the start of the game to be named the home team of the contest.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Elms got on the board first in the top of the second when first year Sofie Oliveira (Windsor Locks, Conn.) kicked things off with a single to left center field. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Catharine Wrang (Middletown, Conn.) before crossing home on a Clark two-out error (1-0).
-The Cougars tied the game in the bottom of the second with two outs on the board. Sophomore Francesca Cocca (Tewksbury, Mass.) sent an RBI double to left center to score her classmate Isabella DiOrio (Lincoln, R.I.) who had doubled to right center to out herself in scoring position (1-1).
-Clark put up two more runs in the third when freshman Kaylee Gibson (Northfield, Mass.) sent a single to left center to score senior Kendra Walker (Cumberland, R.I.) who led off with a single to center. First year Kylie McCabe (Rumson, N.J.) earned the second RBI of the inning when she sent a long ball to right field to score Gibson from first base (3-1).
-Elms tied the game in the top of the fourth with a two RBI double from senior Jeszy Maguire (Brimfield, Mass.) that scored her classmates Tea Sullivan (Dracut, Mass.) and Wrang (3-3).
-The Cougars responded with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth including a two RBI double from sophomore JC Urella (North Grafton, Mass.) and an RBI double for freshman Jessica Martin (Winthrop, Mass.) for the 6-3 lead. Four more runs for the home team in the bottom of the fourth, including RBI doubles for Cocca and Martin, extended Clark's lead to 10-3 heading into the sixth inning. Elms rallied for three more runs but Clark's defense was able to hold them off for the final 10-6 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Urella led the Cougars at the plate going 3-for-4 with three RBIs on the day. Martin finished with a 2-for-2 day and two RBIs.
-McGuire led Elms as she went 4-for-4 at the plate and posted two RBIs.
-Clark posted 16 hits on 34 at bats while the Blazer collected 13 hits on 32 total at bats.
-DiOrio earned the win for Clark on the mound and improves to 3-2 this season. She went seven innings, allowed 13 hits, six runs (five earned) and struck out four batters.
-Lisa Lusardi (Enfield, Conn.) pitched four innings for Elms and falls to 0-4 this season. She struck out two batters.
GAME TWO: Clark vs. Kenyon
-Score: Kenyon 5, Clark 4
-Records: Clark (5-5), Kenyon (6-0)
-Location: Naples, Fla. (CenturyLink Sports Complex)
-The Lead: After pulling ahead 5-1 in the top of the fourth inning the Clark University softball team was able to rally back for three runs before ultimately falling to the Ladies of Kenyon College, 5-4, on Tuesday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Leading up to the final innings, both pitchers, Clark's Alexis Redish (Howell, N.J.) and Kenyon's Emily Pater (Northbrook, Ill.), were very solid. Those two gave up a combined three hits, and induced a couple lineouts and five groundouts.
-After two scoreless, the Ladies got a 3-0 lead in the top half of the third. Kassie Rimel (Duncan, S.C.) and Bella Albrecht (Glenview, Ill.) led off with singles before a one-out double down the third-base line from fellow freshman Sara Campagna (Saint Charles, Ill.) plated her classmates. Kenyon added one more on a Patterson RBI double.
-The Cougars were able to get one back in the home half of the inning, before the Ladies extended their advantage to 5-1 in the fourth.
-Emily Buckwalter (Phoenixville, Penn.) singled, Grace Pilz (Fox River Groce, Ill.) drilled a two-bagger to left center, and then Albrecht lined a shot into left field that plated Kenyon's fourth and fifth runs.
-That score remained until the sixth and seventh innings.
-In the sixth, a double from Urella put two Cougars in scoring position and Martin followed with a sacrifice fly to center field. The throw home from Grace Finn was just a bit off which allowed senior Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.) to cross home. Clark added one more run, it's third, on a groundout from Gibson.
-Clark really made things interesting in the seventh. After a pair of pinch hitters led off with singles, a sacrifice bunt from Redish moved two onto second and third. In the next plate appearance, junior Christina Kopacz (North Grosvenordale, Conn.) took a 3-1 pitch from Emily Pater (2-0) and drove it into center field. Finn secured the ball and once again, nearly threw out the base runner. However, DiOrio tagged home to bring the tally to 5-4.
-Kenyon was then able to breathe a sigh of relief as a 1-1 pitch to Barksdale was fouled off and Campagna took a few steps behind her to make the catch.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Urella was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with one RBI to lead Clark. The Cougars collected eight hits on 26 at bats.
-Albrecht finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs for Kenyon while Campagna went 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
-Redish falls to 1-1 this season as she pitched seven innings, allowed five runs, and struck out one batter.
-Pater improves to 2-0 on the mound as she went all seven innings for the Ladies, allowed eight hits, four runs, and struck out three batters.
-Clark heads back to Worcester, Massachusetts on Friday and will host Brandeis University for a double header on Saturday, March 16th at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.