Cougars Drop in Twin Bill with Coast Guard

Cougars Drop in Twin Bill with Coast Guard

THE BASICS

-Score Game One: Coast Guard Academy 7, Clark University 2

-Score Game Two: Coast Guard Academy 13, Clark University 8

-Records: Clark (5-9, NEWMAC 0-4) Coast Guard (11-7, 4-0)

-Location: Worcester, Mass. (WPI)

-The Lead: The Clark University softball team dropped in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) twin bill with the Bears of Coast Guard Academy on Friday afternoon. Game one started in rainy conditions as the Bears battled through to a 7-2 victory before the skies cleared up and the visitors rallied to a 13-8 final in game two.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game One: Coast Guard 7, Clark 2

-Clark got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning. Junior Christina Kopacz (North Grosvenordale, Conn.) got base by a walk and senior Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.) moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt down the third base line to move her into scoring position at second. Kopacz moved her way to third on a wild pitch and came home when first year Francesca Cirone (Franklin Square, N.Y.) put the ball in play (1-0).

-The Bears rallied for four runs in the top of the third. Junior Carly Hattman (Egg Harbor, N.J.) scored on a Clark error and her classmate Claire Hurley (Waterford, Conn.) and sophomore Charlee Kraiss (Lake Havasu City, Ariz.) both came home on a wild pitch before Audrey Bartz (Arlington, Va.) sent an RBI single to left field to score Courtney McKenna (Sparta, N.J.) for the 4-1 advantage. Clark got one back in the bottom of the inning when sophomore JC Urella (North Grafton, Mass.) singled to center field to score Kopacz (4-2).

-Coast Guard used three more runs in the top of the seventh inning to secure the first victory of the day. After a pair of errors by the Cougars and a hit batter loaded the bases, junior Kayla Sowers (Rocklin, Calif.) singled to the pitcher to score Kraiss (5-2). Junior Kylie Vaverek (Plantation, Fla.) singled through the left side to score Bartz and Sowers came home for the last run of the game and the final 7-2 victory.

-Urella led the Cougars at the plate going 2-for-3 with one RBI. Kopacz finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored while Barksdale went 2-for-3.

-Bartz led the Bears going 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored.

-Senior Taylor Erikson (Natick, Mass.) falls to 0-2 on the season as she pitched 2.1 innings for the Cougars, allowing three hits, four runs scored (one earned) and struck out two batters.

-Sophomore Sydney Arendt (Manistee, Mich.) improves to 5-3 on the mound for Coast Guard. She pitched all seven innings allowed six hits, two runs scored, and struck out six batters.

Game Two: Coast Guard 13, Clark 8

-The Bears got on the board in the top of the second when senior Malia Hindle (Seaville, N.J.) sent an RBI double to deep left center to score McKenna (1-0).

-The visitors rallied for nine more runs in the top of the third. McKenna led off with a two RBI single up the middle to extend their lead to 3-0 before Bartz doubled to left center to score Kraiss (4-0). Sowers earned an RBI when her ground out scored McKenna and Hindle followed up with a single to left field that put Bartz across home (6-0). Hindle came home on a bases loaded walk, sophomore Noelle Greenwood (King George, Va.) crossed when Hurley was hit by a pitch, and Kraiss earned two RBIs with a single to left field before the Cougars were able to get the third out (10-0).

-The Cougars loaded the bases in the bottom of the third when sophomore Francesca Cocca (Tewksbury, Mass.) led off with a single to left field, Kopacz walked, and Barksdale singled to left field. Cocca scored when Urella reached on an error, Kopacz came home on an RBI single to left field from Cirone, and Barksdale crossed when first year Kaylee Gibson (Northfield, Mass.) reached on a fielder's choice (10-3).

-Hindle earned two more RBIs with a single to left field in the top of the sixth that scored Bartz and McKenna before Perez finished the day with an RBI single to right field to score Hindle for the 13-2 advantage.

-Kopacz kept the Cougars alive with a three-RBI triple to deep right center field in the bottom of the sixth inning to bring the hosts within seven (13-6). A two-out RBI single to right center by junior Kaitlyn DeBlois (Turner, Maine) scored Gibson in the bottom of the seventh as the Cougars came within six. The Bears held on for the final 13-8 victory.

-Kopacz led Clark at the plate going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and one run scored.  Gibson finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI on the day.

-First year Maggie Perez (Granada Hills, Calif.) led the Bears going 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored while McKenna finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Hindle went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and one run scored.

-Senior Sarah Woods (Littleton, Mass.) took the loss on the mound for Clark, pitching 2.2 innings, allowing eight hits and 10 runs scored. She falls to 1-4 on the season.

-Junior Julia Ferris (Falls Church, Va.) improves to 6-4 on the season for the Bears. She pitched all seven innings, allowed 11 hits, six runs scored, and struck out four batters.

UP NEXT

-Clark hosts Smith College in a NEWMAC double header tomorrow, Saturday, March 30th starting at noon.

-Coast Guard is back at home tomorrow when they host MIT in a NEWMAC double header starting a 12:00 p.m.