Golden Eagle softball blanked by IUP, Lock Haven in PSAC matchups

This past weekend, the Clarion Golden Eagles softball team had four PSAC games, the first two games they  took on IUP in a doubleheader on its home field.

Sarah Gossard delivers a pitch against IUP. Lamont Robinson / The Clarion Call
Sarah Gossard delivers a pitch against IUP.
Lamont Robinson / The Clarion Call

Clarion  was swept by IUP by defeats of 17-2 and 9-0.

Golden Eagle senior third baseman Christina Tressler led the way for Clarion at the plate for the day batting 3-4 while having a run scored.

Junior designated player Paige Baker had the only  RBI on the day for the Golden Eagles. 

Freshman center fielder Taylor Nonnenberg went 1-5 on the day with two stolen bases and a run scored.

Golden Eagle starting pitchers, sophomores Sarah Gossard and Rachel Hoffman, suffered the losses in the doubleheader.

Gossard allowed four earned in six innings pitched. Hoffman allowed three earned runs in three and a third innings.

The Golden Eagles were back in action the next day when they traveled to Lock Haven at Lawerence Field on Saturday for a doubleheader. 

Clarion dropped both games  by the score of 8-0. 

Clarion junior shortstop Casey Wilcox had a solid offensive outing, with two hits on the day, a single and a double along with a walk.

Golden Eagle outfielder sophomore  Audrey Hummell also tallied a hit on the day.

Freshman second baseman Kira Smith also contributed offensively recording a hit.

Gossard was on the hook for the loss in the first game. 

She allowed six earned in four and two-thirds innings of work.

In the second game, Hoffman also allowed six earned runs in four frames of work, while also taking the loss.

One of the key struggles for the Golden Eagles has been run production, as they only managed to score two total runs over the course of the weekend.

Tressler said in regards to the team’s performance last weekend, “Our games against IUP and Lock Haven weren’t our strongest performances, but I think those games gave us an idea of what we need to work on in order to be productive during our next games.”

As far as the teams growth so far this season, Tressler said, “We have been making a lot of positive progress throughout the year, and I think we will continue to do so as the season continues. Everyone puts in hard work during practice and outside of practice, and I think that has a lot to with the progress we are making.”

When asked about the teams’ goals for the remainder of this year, Tressler responded, “Our goals are to try and improve on the half of our season and to finish strong.”

After going 0-4 this past weekend, the Golden Eagles softball team now falls to 3-20 overall and 1-7 in the PSAC central.

Clarion remains in sixth place within the PSAC central trailing IUP, Pitt-Johnstown and Mansfield who are all tied for third place by two games.

The Golden Eagles will be back in action this Friday as they host Bloomsburg University in a doubleheader with the first pitch at 1 p.m.

The Golden Eagles will then follow-up by hosting Salem International University this Saturday, which will also begin at 1 p.m.

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