Austin Troutman – Staff Writer
Clarion’s Golden Eagle baseball team looked to get off to a hot start in 2017, but have been struggling.
The team is 13 games into the schedule and has a 3-10 record so far (0-4 PSAC).
The baseball team came into the season with the mindset of trying to improve on a 10-32 record in 2016 (4-24 PSAC).
The team will look to build upon a rough start this weekend, as two games each will be played on Friday and Saturday.
Saturday’s doubleheader will go down starting at 1 p.m. at Clarion against Lock Haven University and California University of Pennsylvania.
It will look to improve upon the short 0-2 home record this weekend and try for the first home win of the season.
The Golden Eagles had a decent start to the season, going 3-3 in the first 6 games.
It fell into a rut, however, as the team is in the middle of a seven-game losing streak.
During this seven-game skid, the team got outscored by 34 runs (56-22), including a loss in extra innings against Slippery Rock University on March 23.
Although a seven-game losing streak may seem bad, the team played some close, competitive baseball throughout.
The Golden Eagles collected 54 hits in seven games, and three games were decided by just one run.
The team has shown some signs to fly out of this streak, but unfortunately, they just could not catch the good breaks to pull out a win.
Things just do not seem to be falling its way on the field.
Clarion’s remaining schedule includes 31 more games that will wrap up with a double-header on May 6 against Gannon University in Erie.
The main goal of the team right now is to try to get back to the basics and play well in these remaining games.
Every team goes through struggles, but the thing that sets some teams apart from others is the will to push past a rough stretch.
This weekend will give the team a chance to start fresh and go for a win.
Saturday’s games are especially helpful because it gives the Golden Eagles a chance to perform in the comfort of a home-field atmosphere.
The next eight games of the season will be played as PSAC competition, with four of the games being contested in Clarion.
From here, the journey of improvement for the Clarion Golden Eagles will take center stage starting on Friday at 1 p.m. against the CalU Vulcans.
The Vulcans might be a tough matchup, as it is entering play with a record of 8-8, winning four straight games heading into this weekend.
If Clarion wants to get back to its winning ways, the Golden Eagles may need to catch fire against a hot team that is not looking to give anything away.