Worcester, Mass. - Riding their second winning
streak of the season of five games or more, the 15-3 Clark
University softball team has soared to No. 4 in the most recent
release of the New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches
Association (NEISCA) Division III Poll.
The Cougars, who entered the initial poll at No. 6 last week, moved up two spots after a 4-0 week in which they outscored New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference foes MIT and Smith a combined 45-3. In each of their final three games, they scored 13 runs.
Clark has been paced offensively by reigning NEWMAC and ECAC Player of the Week Mel Melkonian (Worcester, Mass.). Playing her first collegiate season, Melkonian has started all 18 games and leads the team in batting average (.441), slugging percentage (.678), on-base percentage (.534), runs scored (30), triples (2), total bases (40), stolen bases (5) and walks (12).
In addition to her production, senior Lauren Blake (Oakland, Maine) has continued her stellar collegiate career and is closing in on becoming just the third player in school history to join the elusive 200-hit club.
Clark, sitting in first place in the NEWMAC standings with a 5-1 league ledger, enters the heart of their schedule beginning Friday when it hosts defending NEWMAC Tournament champion Springfield and then visit Coast Guard on Saturday.
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