Fort Myers, Fla. – Clark University erupted for 19 runs in the opener but then stumbled in the nightcap to split a doubleheader with Wheelock and Pitt-Bradford on Tuesday afternoon. The Cougars rolled to a 19-0 victory over the Wildcats before dropping a 4-2 decision to the Panthers.
Clark is now 5-3 so far this season and will wrap up their stay in southwest Florida on Wednesday.
In the win over Wheelock, Sarah Woods (Littleton, Mass.) picked up the win tossing the first three innings before Maddie Letendre (Mansfield, Mass.) closed out the contest, spinning the final two to earn the combined shutout.
The 19 runs scored by Clark are the most since they scored 20 runs against Wheelock nearly seven years to the day – March 10, 2010.
In the nightcap against Pitt-Bradford, the Scarlet and White jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first after base hits from Christina Kopacz (North Grosvenordale, Conn.) and Jocie Orangio (Maynard, Mass.) was followed by a two-run triple from Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H.).
After the Panthers sliced the Clark lead in half, the Cougars had an excellent chance to add more runs in the third after singles from Mackey and Michelle Robidas (Chelmsford, Mass.). They both moved into scoring position with one out after a wild pitch but Pitt-Bradford hurler Liz Dzurisin was able to record the final two outs and escape the inning unscathed.
Those two hits from Mackey and Robidas proved to be Clark's last hits of the afternoon as Madison East drove in two runs with RBI singles in the fifth and the seventh to secure the win for the Panthers.
Taylor Erickson (Natick, Mass.) took the loss for the Scarlet and White, going 4.1 innings and allowing three hits and three earned runs.
The Cougars will be back in action on Wednesday morning with a pair of games beginning at 9:00 a.m. against Geneva College.