Alex Henry – Staff Writer
This past weekend, the Clarion University Golden Eagles softball team had a four game weekend slate, featuring two games against the University of Science Devils on Friday and two games against the Millersville University Crusaders.
It traveled to Philadelphia for the matchup against University of Science.
In the first game against the Devils, the Golden Eagles were able to put an end to its 10 game skid, as they won after a three-run inning in the fifth to secure a 3-2 victory.
Clarion redshirt sophomore shortstop Cassidy Runyan was a major contributor in the fifth with an RBI single, along with stealing home to top off the Golden Eagles three-run inning.
In the victory, junior starting pitcher Rachel Hoffman had an impressive performance as she pitched five innings, surrendering one earned run while piling up 10 strikeouts in the contest.
Clarion softball head coach Cheryl Peterson said on the game, “Rachel threw game one and a had good game on the mound.”
Peterson added, “The bats came alive, and we had a clean defense. Getting the win was a huge need for the team moving forward as we get ready for conference play.”
In the second game of the double-header against University of Science, the Golden Eagles were unable to complete the sweep on the day after junior first baseman Kimberly Burdett had a RBI single in the first inning, giving Clarion and early edge.
They were unable to capitalize as the Devils were able to overcome the earlier deficit, and Clarion dropped the second game by a score of 6-2.
After the weekend, the Golden Eagles fell to 2-20 on the season.
Peterson said, “The start of season has been tough, with a third of our roster being freshman. We are young, our bats are coming around and the rotation has settled in. Our wins are going to come from the members of our roster executing their role in the program.” Clarion returns to the field March 31, as they host a set of PSAC teams this weekend.
Friday, the Golden Eagles host the Bloomsburg Huskies, and Saturday it hosts the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Crimson Hawks.