Softball Splits with Lancers in Non-Conference Doubleheader

Softball Splits with Lancers in Non-Conference Doubleheader

 THE BASICS

-Score Game 1: Clark University 7, Worcester State University 0

-Score Game 2: Worcester State University 10, Clark University 3

-Records: Clark (8-10), Worcester State (2-16)

-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Rockwood Field)

-The Lead: The Clark University softball team split with the Lancers of Worcester State University in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday evening. The Cougars used a three-run homer from first year Francesca Cirone (Franklin Square, N.Y.) to lift them to a 7-0 victory in game one. Worcester state used two homeruns and six RBIs from junior Kaiulani Ennis (Swansea, Mass.) in game two to come away with the 10-3 final.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game 1: Clark 7, Worcester State 0

-The Cougars took an early lead with three runs in the top of the first inning when Crirone sent a three-run homer over the centerfield fence to score junior Christina Kopacz (North Grosvenordale, Conn.) and sophomore JC Urella (North Grafton, Mass.) for the 3-0 lead.

-Senior Kayleigh McHugh (Pepperell, Mass.) started the second inning off with a double down the left field line and stole home to extend Clark's lead to 4-0.

-Cirone added another RBI in the top of the fourth when she doubled to left center to score Urella who had gotten on base with a single to left field (5-0).

-Kopacz got things rolling in the top of the seventh with a double to left field and Urella sent her across home with a single up the middle. Cirone earned her fifth RBI of the day when she doubled to right center to score Urella for the 7-0 final victory.

-Senior Taylor Erickson (Natick, Mass.) earned the victory on the mound for Clark and improves to 2-2 this season. She pitched all seven innings, allowed nine hits, struck out six batters, and did not allow a single run to score.

-Junior Carly Zielinski (Monson, Mass.) falls to 0-5 this season as she pitched 1.2 innings for the Lancers, allowed three hits, four runs scored, and struck out two batters.

-Cirone led the Cougars at the plate, finishing 3-for-5 with five RBis and one runs scored. Urella went 2-for-3 with one RBI and three runs scored while Kopacz finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored for the Cougars.

Game 2: Worcester State 10, Clark 3

-After two and a half scoreless innings the Lancers were able to put the first run across home in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs on the board Ennis singled through the left side and later scored on a fielding error by the Cougars (1-0).

-The hosts rallied for five more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Monica Ferrazzan (North Reading, Mass.) doubled down the left field line to score sophomore Sam Maglione (Lancaster, Mass.) and junior Samantha Stake (Worcester, Mass.) used a sacrifice fly to score senior Haley Scola (Worcester, Mass.) for the first two runs of the inning (3-0). Ennis earned three more RBIs with a three-run homer to centerfield to take a 6-0 lead after four.

-Scola homered over the left field fence in the bottom of the fifth to extend Worcester State's lead to 7-0.

-Clark responded with a three-run homerun to left field from first year Jessica Martin (Winthrop, Mass.) to pull within four after seven innings, 7-3.

-The Lancers used another three-run homerun from Ennis in the bottom of the sixth to claim the final 10-3 victory.

-Ennis led the Lancers at the plate in game two going 3-for-4 with six RBIs and three runs scored. Scola finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.

-Martin led the Cougars going 1-for-1 with three RBIS and one run scored.

-Sophomore Isabella DiOrio (Lincoln, R.I.) falls to 3-3 on the season as she pitched 3.2 innings for the Cougars while striking out one batter.

-Senior Rachel Frisch (Worcester, Mass.) earned her first victory on the mound for the Lancers. She pitched all seven innings, allowed four hits, three runs scored, and struck out nine total batters. She improves to 1-5 on the season.

UP NEXT

-Clark travels down the road to WPI for two NEWMAC games on Friday, April 5th. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.

-Worcester State hosts the WPI Engineers on Wednesday, April 3rd for a doubleheader starting at 4:00 p.m.