-Score Game One: WPI 5, Clark University 2
-Score Game Two: WPI 9, Clark University 5
-Records: Clark (8-12, NEWMAC 2-6), WPI (18-6, NEWMAC 8-0)
-Location: Worcester, Mass.
-The Lead: The Clark University softball team dropped in a pair of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games with Worcester City rival, WPI on Friday evening. The Cougars saw a bid at a comeback in the top of the seventh inning in game one before the Engineers clinched the 5-2 victory and went on to claim a 9-5 final in game two.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Game One: WPI 5, Clark 2
-After two scoreless innings, the Engineers opened things up in the bottom of the third with the three-run homerun from first year Lindsay Ambrosino (Chelmsford, Mass.) to score sophomores Kaitlyn Hess (Milford, N.H.) and Skylar O'Connell (North Attleboro, Mass.) for the 3-0 lead.
-The hosts put two more runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth when a two-RBI double to right center from senior Renee LeClaire (Merrimack, N.H.) scored her classmate Caraline Wood (Averill Park, N.Y.) and junior Cassie Graca (Somerset, Mass.) to pull ahead 5-0.
-Clark was able to rally for two runs in the top of the seventh. Senior Taylor Erickson (Natick, Mass.) started things off with a single to center and a single to center from junior (Christina Kopacz North Grosvenordale, Conn.) moved her to third. With two outs on the board sophomore JC Urella (North Grafton, Mass.) earned an RBI when she singled to right field to score Erickson. First year Francesca Cirone (Franklin Square, N.Y.) followed her lead with an RBI single to right field of her own that scored Kopacz (5-2). WPI relief pitcher, sophomore Nicole Kuberka (Los Angeles, Calif.) was able to clinch the final strikeout for the final 5-2 victory.
-Urella led Clark at the plate with a 2-for-3 day and one RBI. Cirone finished 2-for-4 with one RBI for the Cougars.
-Ambrosino finished 1-for-3 with three RBIs and one runs scored for the Engineers. LeClaire went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
-Sophomore Katie Martin (Bedford, N.H.) earned the win on the mound for WPI as she pitched 5 innings and struck out eight batters. She improves to 5-1 on the season.
-Erikson falls to 2-3 on the season for Clark as she pitched six innings and struck out five batters.
Game Two: WPI 9, Clark 5
-Clark got on the board in the top of the first inning when Urella singled to score Kopacz for the 1-0 early lead.
-The Engineers quickly gained the lead in the bottom of the first when sophomore Marissa Gonzales (Oakley, Salif.) tripled down the left field line and Wood homered to right center to score her for the 2-1 advantage. With one out first year Gabriella Cerbo (Middletown, N.J.) reached on a fielding error by the Cougars to send Kuberko home (3-1).
-WPI added three more runs in the bottom of the second with an RBI single down the right field line from Gonzales and two RBIs for Kuberka on another error by the visitors (6-1).
-Clark got one back in the top of the third when sophomore Francesca Cocca (Tewksbury, Mass.) led off with a single up the middle and moved into scoring position when Kopacz walked. A sacrifice bunt by senior Kendra Walker (Cumbebrland, R.I.) moved Cocca to third and Urella earned the RBI when she put the ball in play for Cocca to come home (6-2). WPI added an unearned run in the bottom of the third to pull ahead 7-2.
-The Cougars rallied for three more runs in the top of the sixth with an RBI single to left from first year Jessica Martin (Winthrop, Mass.) and two RBIs from her classmate Kaylee Gibson (Northfield, Mass.) on a single down the left field line. The Engineers clinched the final two outs as the Cougars trailed by just two heading into the bottom of the sixth (7-5).
-A two run homer from Kuberka in the bottom of the sixth sealed the deal as the Engineers took home the final 9-5 victory.
-Urella led Clark in game two going 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and one run scored.
Wood finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored for WPI while Kuberka finished 1-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored.
-Junior Sarah Woods (Littleton, Mass.) took the loss on the mound for the Cougars. She pitched 1.2 innings and allowed six runs scored (three earned). She moves to 2-5 on the season.
-Junior Mackenzie Phillips (Gill, Mass.) improves to 10-2 on the mound for WPI. She pitched five innings, allowed five runs scored and struck out five batters.
-Clark travels to NEWMAC opponent, MIT tomorrow, Saturday April 6th for a doubleheaders starting at 12:00 p.m.
-WPI is back at home tomorrow when they host Babson in a NEWMAC doubleheader starting at noon.