Wilcox home run allows Golden Eagle win over Seton Hill in weekend game

The Clarion University softball team was swept in a PSAC West doubleheader by Pitt-Johnstown Saturday and split with Seton Hill on Sunday.

In Saturday’s action, the Golden Eagles lost 5-4 in nine innings in game one and lost game two 3-2.

In game one, Clarion was down 3-1 going to the seventh inning but over took UPJ 4-3 on an error by the Mountain Cats that scored three runs.

Pitt-Johnstown would go on to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh then went on to plate the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

Senior Shawnna Crago started and went four innings giving three runs on three hits, allowing five walks and struck out three.

Senior Chelsea Zola then threw two scoreless innings giving up one hit and walk.

Sophomore Paige Baker then came in for two innings allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three.

As for Clarion’s offense, junior catcher Megan Anderson led the way going two-for-four with a double while also scoring a run and knocking in one run, however, it was not enough as Clarion dropped the first game 5-4.

In game two, Clarion trailed 1-0 going into the fifth inning where they tied the game when junior outfield Kayla Henderson scored on a single by senior first baseman Taylor Powell.

The Mountain Cats would go on to score two runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good.

Clarion would plate a run in the seventh but would ultimately lose 3-2.

Freshman Sarah Gossard started, going four innings giving up one run on four hits, striking out three.

Zola would take the loss, allowing two runs on three hits.

Baker would throw a scoreless sixth inning.   

Sunday was a better day for the Golden Eagles versus Seton Hill.

Clarion would drop game one 7-2 on the back of a Seton Hill five-run third inning.

Errors haunted the Golden Eagles accumulating three in the game.

Crago would pitch a complete game allowing one earned run while striking out five and walking two batters.

“I felt good, like I was on-fire,” Said Crago. “My pitches were working, my body felt good… I was pleased with our performance.”

Casey Wilcox hits a home run against Seton Hill.

In game two, a three-run home run from sophomore shortstop Casey Wilcox ignited a Clarion 5-4 victory.

The home run came in the top of the seventh inning and gave the Golden Eagles a 5-1 lead at that point.

Gossard started but was relived by Baker in the fourth inning.   Baker, who would get the win, allowed three runs in the bottom of the seventh without recording an out. Zola would enter with Clarion only up a run, however, she would get a line-drive double play and then force a pop up to end the game.

Wilcox finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and three runs batted in.

Junior Kayla Henderson also had two hits to go along with two runs scored and junior third baseman Christina Tressler had two hits, once of which was a double.

“It was a good weekend.” said first-year head coach Cheryl Peterson. “However we still have steps to make. We still have a long way to go but we’re getting there.”

Clarion is now 2-8 overall and 1-3 in the PSAC West.

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