Softball Splits with Hawks, West Nearly Throws No-Hitter

Softball Splits with Hawks, West Nearly Throws No-Hitter

THE BASICS

-Score Game One: Becker College 5, Clark University 3

-Score Game Two: Clark University 4, Becker College 0

-Records: Clark (8-24), Becker (18-12)

-Location: Leicester, Mass. (Russell Field)

-The Lead: The Clark University softball team split a double-header against the Hawk of Becker College on Tuesday afternoon. The Hawks ran away with a 5-3 victory in game one before the Cougars were able to shut them out, 4-0 in game two of the day.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game One: Becker 5, Clark 3

-Game One saw Clark jump out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when senior Sami West (Gonic, N.H.) scored from third off a passed ball.

-In the bottom of the inning, Becker senior outfielder Rebecca Carkhuff (Amherst, Mass.) hit her fifth home run of the season on a solo shot to left field, tying it at 1-1.

-In the bottom of the second, Becker freshman Alyssa Columb (Manchester, N.H.) scored from third on an error, giving the Hawks their first lead of the game. Becker padded their lead in the bottom of the third inning with three more runs, those coming off an RBI double from Carkhuff to score freshman shortstop Sarah Ellis (Berkley, Mass.), then a bases loaded walk drawn by Columb to bring home Carkhuff, then later an RBI fielder's choice from senior Jennifer Boxell (Marlborough, Mass.) that saw senior pitcher Samantha Lee (Prospect, Conn.) beat the throw home from third as the Hawks went ahead 5-1.

-In the top of the fourth, the Cougars rallied, as sophomore Christina Kopacz (North Grosvenordale, Conn.) scored off an error, then West drew a bases loaded walk to allow senior Anjelica Gonzalez (Merrimack, N.H.) to score. That was as close as the Cougars would get, however, as the Hawks closed out the game for a 5-3 victory.

Game Two: Clark 4, Becker 0

-In the second game, West took the circle for Clark and put on a clinic, allowing just one hit over seven innings in a complete game shutout that saw her strikeout 13 Hawks.

-Becker junior Brianna Herforth (Peru, Mass.) had the only hit of game two for the hosts, that a harmless single off the glove of the diving shortstop in the bottom of the fourth inning.

-The Cougars did all the damage they needed in the top of the first, as Gonzalez hit a two-RBI double and junior Taylor Erickson (Natick, Mass.) drove in two more runs on a single.

-Lee pitched both games for the Hawks, striking out 15 Cougars in 14 innings and allowing just three earned runs.

UP NEXT

-Becker is back on the field on Wednesday when they play another non-conference double-header at Fitchburg State at 3:00 p.m. Clark wraps up their regular season on Friday when they host Anna Maria College in a 3:00 p.m. double-header.

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