Clarion’s softball team put in four runs in extra innings to take the first of the series against Lake Erie College, and the Golden Eagles earned a split with the Lake Erie College Storm at Diamond Nine on Sunday.
The Golden Eagles won the first game 12-9 in extra innings, but fell in the second by a 6-0 score.
With the series over Clarion improves to 4-28 overall on the season.
Casey Wilcox went 4-5 with two home runs, five RBIs and four runs scored in the early game against Lake Erie, including a three-run bomb in the top of the ninth inning that would be the dagger against the Storm in game one.
Paige Baker went 5-8 at the dish in two games, including a 3-5 performance in game one and a 2-3 mark in game two.
Taylor Nonneburg also went yard for the second day in a row, hitting a three-run homer in the second inning of game one.
Paige Baker pitched four innings in relief in game one for the win, allowing just one earned run in the victory.
Sarah Gossard took the loss in game two, allowing two runs in two innings of work.
Clarion took a big lead in game one with a five-run second inning, starting with Autumn Babcock’s sacrifice fly to score Baker.
Cassie Daniels made it 2-0 with a bunt single to advance Rachel Hoffman to third and score Wilcox, and Nonnenberg brought them all home with a hit to the outfield to make it a 5-0 advantage.
Wilcox added her first home run of the day in the top of the third, scoring Christina Tressler and making it 7-0, but Lake Erie stormed back and ultimately tied the score at 8-8 with a five-run outburst in the home half of the seventh.
Neither team put a run across in the eighth inning but the Golden Eagles took the lead in the ninth.
Nonnenberg started the inning on second base via the international tiebreaker rule and was scored on a one-out single by Tressler to make it 9-8.
Baker singled through the pitcher’s circle to put runners on first and third, and Wilcox hit her second homer of the day, slamming one to right center to put Clarion ahead 12-8.
However, the Storm got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
The Storm was much more effective in pitching in the second game, holding the Golden Eagles to just three hits and no runs.
Nonnenberg was the only Clarion player to get into scoring position, doing so in the fourth, but they could not bring her home.
In the previous two series the Golden Eagles played, they dropped both in each to IUP this past Friday and then Pitt-Johnstown this past Saturday.
The Golden Eagles were led in the IUP series by Daniels who was the only Clarion player to have a hit in both of the games against the Crimson Hawks.
In the series with UPJ the Golden Eagles were lead by a 4-8 double-header contribution from Nonnenburg.
Up next for the softball squad will be this Thursday April 21 against PSAC rival Edinboro at home.