Middletown, Conn. - The streaking Clark
softball team debuted at No. 6 in the first release of the New
England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association (NEISCA) poll
it was announced on Wednesday.
The Cougars left Florida with a 9-1 record and now sit at 11-3 following a pair of doubleheader splits last weekend.
Clark took game one against NEWMAC power Wellesley - a team that won 21 games a year ago and is ranked ninth in the poll.
The Scarlet and White have been carried this season by their offensive production and excellent starting pitching.
Senior Darcey Kurashige-Elliott (Berkley, Calif.) is hitting a team-best .408 with three homeruns and 17 RBI. She is second on the team in hits (20) and registered her 100th career hit earlier this season.
Classmate Melissa Traft (Milton, Mass.) also collected her 100th career hit and has an average of .340 and a NEWMAC high of 22 RBI.
Freshman Mel Melkonian (Worcester, Mass.) has had an immediate impact on the Cougar offense, hitting .375, with a NEWMAC-leading 21 runs scored.
On the mound, the combination of Sarah Carter (Worcester, Mass.) and freshman Nicole Meuse (Hudson, Mass.), have a 10-1 overall mark with 47 strikeouts.
NEWMAC favorite Coast Guard, who won a school-record 37 games a season ago, is the region's No. 1 team.
Clark returns to the diamond on Saturday with a road contest at MIT.
May 14, 2010 Blake Wraps Up Career With All-New England Honors
May 1, 2010 Cougars Wrap Up Season At New Englands
April 24, 2010 Cougars Bow Out To Babson, 9-1
April 21, 2010 Cougars Gunned Down In 5-4 Loss
April 18, 2010 Cougars Get Key Split On Senior Day
April 16, 2010 Cougars Get Split At Babson
April 11, 2010 Cougars Split Doubleheader With WPI
April 10, 2010 The Verdict - No. 21 Judges Sweep Twinbill
April 6, 2010 Cougars Get Bounce-Back Sweep Over Worcester State
April 3, 2010 Clark Swept Away By Coast Guard
April 2, 2010 Cougars, Pride Split Twinbill
April 2, 2010 Cougars Soar To No. 4 In NEISCA Poll
March 29, 2010 Weekly Honors: Several Cougars Grab NEWMAC Awards
March 28, 2010 Cougars Sweep Smith Behind Pitching & Proulx
March 27, 2010 Cougars Sweep MIT, Improve To 13-3
March 26, 2010 Cougars Debut At No. 6 In First NEISCA Poll
March 19, 2010 Cougars, Wellesley Split A Pair
March 19, 2010 Second Season Starts With Home Opener With Wellesley
March 15, 2010 Cougars Snap Up Weekly NEWMAC Honors
March 15, 2010 Carter, Traft Snag Weekly Awards
March 9, 2010 Kettenacker, Traft Power Cougars To Split
March 8, 2010 Clark Stays Perfect With Doubleheader Sweep
March 7, 2010 Blake, Melkonian Power Cougars To Opening Day Sweep