Jake Deemer – Staff Writer
After losing both games in a doubleheader to Indiana (Pa.) April 22, the Clarion Golden Eagles softball team dropped another twin-bill to Mercyhurst University. Clarion was shutout in the first game 7-0, followed by another loss by the score of 13-1.
The Golden Eagles’ loss is one of many that have come in April.
The team continues its struggles, going 1-12 in Clarion’s last 13 games.
Mercyhurst travelled to Clarion on April 25 in fifth place of the PSAC Western Division.
With the win, Mercyhurst’s record improves to 13-27-1, Clarion’s record continued to deteriorate to 6-40.
After the Lakers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, Clarion outfielder Cassie Daniels and senior Casey Wilcox hit back-to-back singles. Kim Burdett reached base off a dropped fly ball to load the bases.
However, Mercyhurst starter Anna Cochis got out of the jam with Aryn Boyer grounding out to end the inning.
Out of Mercyhurst’s total seven runs, five were unearned.
The other two runs came from a sacrifice fly and groundout causing one runner to score.
Cochis (7-9, 4.82 ERA) was tagged as the winning pitcher of record; Clarion’s Sarah Gossard (0-6, 8.07 ERA) received the loss.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the two teams were even at zero until Mercyhurst’s Rachel DiBartolomeo ripped a triple to open up a three-run inning.
Clarion’s lone run came on a single by Cassie Daniels scoring Brigid Stermel.
2016 PSAC West Athlete of the Year DiBartolomeo had a day for Mercyhurst. In both games, DiBotolomeo went five for eight, three RBI’s along with a triple, a home run and two stolen bases.
Clarion’s softball team has had one of the worst years in recent memory. It sits at the absolute bottom of the PSAC standings.
With two series left to play, the Golden Eagles are batting .189 as a team with just 70 RBIs.
It has 69 more strikeouts than hits, 274 total, while its opponents are batting .329 with an abysmal 6.55 team ERA.
Clarion will wrap up the season with doubleheaders against Lock Haven University (23-17) and Mansfield University (21-12).