Three-Run Homers Lift Wellesley Over Clark in NEWMAC Sweep

Three-Run Homers Lift Wellesley Over Clark in NEWMAC Sweep

THE BASICS

-Score Game One: Wellesley College 7, Clark University 4

-Score Game Two: Wellesley 5, Clark University 4

-Records: Clark (9-23, NEWMAC 3-15), Wellesley (9-15-2, NEWMAC 5-10-1)

-Location: Worcester, Mass. (O'Brien Softball Field)

-The Lead: The Clark University softball team battled in two setbacks with the Blue of Wellesley College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action on Tuesday afternoon. Wellesley used a three-run homer from sophomore Julianne Griffin (Blue Bell, Penn.) in game one to lift them to a 7-4 final victory before first year Haley Moniz (Westfield, Mass.) launched a three-run homer in top of the sixth to claim the final 5-4 victory in game two.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game One: Wellesley 7, Clark 4

-With two outs in the top of the first, Wellesley put their first run on the board with an RBI double to right center from sopohmore Gen Brittingham (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) that scored first year Marisa Hensch (Carlsbad, Calif.) for the 1-0 lead.

-Clark responded with three runs in the bottom of the first to claim a 3-1 advantage. Junior Christina Kopacz (North Grosvenordale, Conn.) led off with a single to center and came home on a two-out RBI single from first year Francesca Cirone (Franklin Square, N.Y.) (1-0). Senior Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.) found a hole in deep right center as she tripled for two RBI when Cirone and sophomore Hannah Genell (Ambler, Penn.) came home for the 3-1 lead.

-The Blue got on run back in the top of the second when Griffin singled to right center to score junior Autumn Brown (Marshfield, Mass.) (3-2).

-The Cougars extended their lead back to two with an RBI single down the left field line from first year Jessica Martin (Winthrop, Mass.) that scored her classmate Kylie McCabe (Rumson, N.J.) from second (4-2).

-Wellesley used five runs in the top of the sixth, including a three-run homer from Griffin, to claim the final 7-4 victory.

-Senior Taylor Erickson (Natick, Mass.) falls to 3-7 on the season as she pitched six innings for Clark and struck out five batters.

-Moniz pitched a complete game for the Blue and improves to 3-5 on the season. She allowed four hits, four runs scored, and struck out two batters in the victory.

Game Two: Wellesley 5, Clark 4

-After retiring the first three Wellesley batters in the top of the first, Clark took the first lead of game two with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Senior Kendra Walker (Cumberland, R.I.) got on base by a walk and came home when Martin doubled to right center (1-0). Barksdale stayed hot at the plate with a single through the right side to score Martin for the 2-0 lead.

-The Blue got one run back in the top of the second with an RBI single up the middle from first year Jill O'Shea (Moseley, Va.) to score Brittingham (2-1). Brittingham tied the game with an RBI double to right field in the top of the third that sent Hensch home (2-2).

-Wellesley used a three-run homer from Moniz in the top of the sixth to pull head by three, 5-2.

-Clark rallied for two more runs in the bottom of the sixth when first year Kaylee Gibson (Northfield, Mass.) walked to send Cirone home and Barksdale came home on a wild pitch (5-4). Senior pitcher, Sydney Hopper (New Castle, Wash.) was able to strike out the final batter to get out of the inning, leaving two Clark base runners stranded.

-Junior Sarah Woods (Littleton, Mass.) falls to 2-11 on the season as she went three innings and struck out two batters for the Cougars. Sophomore Isabella DiOrio (Lincoln, R.I.) pitched the opening three innings for Clark and struck out one.

-First year Caitlin Gordon (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) earned the win on the mound for Wellesley in 5.1 innings pitched. She struck out three batters in the victory and improves to 1-1 on the season. Hopper earned her first save on the season.

UP NEXT

-Clark's final games of the season will be played on Friday, April 26th when they host Fitchburg State in a double header for Senior Day. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m.

-Wellesley travels to Coast Guard Academy tomorrow, April 24th, for a NEWMAC double header starting a 3:00 p.m.