Clarion finished its trip down south at the West Virginia Wesleyan Invitational this past Sunday with a loss to Ursuline College 4-3.
The team dropped all five games against West Virginia Wesleyan College, Le Moyne College, Davis & Elkins, East Stroudsburg University and the aforementioned Ursuline to finish the start of the season with an overall record of 2-11.
Clarion, however, started the match against the Arrows strong.
Ursuline struck first in the match, scoring off second baseman Alison Porter’s sacrifice fly to lead 1-0 at the top of the third.
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The Golden Eagles began to gain momentum in the bottom of the third, as second baseman Autumn Babcock reached base off an error by pitcher Gina Rosshirt.
Three batters later and outfielder Taylor Nonnenberg sent the ball flying out of the field to lift Clarion over Ursuline 2-1.
Nonnenberg would be at it again at the bottom of the sixth, crushing a solo home run and increasing the Golden Eagles’ lead to 3-1.
Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be Clarion’s game for the taking, as the Arrows would rally off a Porter RBI to cut the lead 3-2.
First baseman Brittany Humble would bat in a two-run double to give Ursuline the lead, while Rosshirt would finish off the Clarion offense to secure the 4-3 Arrow victory.
The day before also saw the Golden Eagles come up on the short end of the stick against Davis & Elkins and East Stroudsburg 5-2.
Much like Sunday’s contest, Clarion would take an early lead against the Warriors of East Stroudsburg thanks to single RBIs off third baseman Christina Tressler and pitcher Paige Baker.
As fate would have it, the Warriors would come up with a counterattack in the form of two-RBI doubles and a solo home run off the bat of Cristina Coppola to give East Stroudsburg the 5-2 win.
The Golden Eagles wouldn’t fare any better against Davis & Elkins, despite a strong pitching effort by Baker.
Clarion’s pitcher kept the Senators off the scoreboard for the first four innings of the match, which would allow teammate Casey Wilcox to hit a double to set the Golden Eagles in prime position to score.
It would be Baker herself who would get Wilcox home off an error and would give Clarion the 1-0 lead for the time being.
The Golden Eagle rally didn’t help much as the Senators would rally off an RBI double in the fifth to tie the game 1-1.
Center fielder Katlyn Huffman would hit a double in the sixth to get the go-ahead run for the Senators and Davis & Elkins would cruise on to win 4-2.
The team was outscored 38-8 during the invitational and allowed the opposing team to rally from behind three out of the five games.
The Golden Eagles return to Pennsylvania this weekend, in hopes to to get its first conference wins against PSAC rival California University of Pennsylvania in double-header play.