MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Solid pitching and clutch hitting led the Division II Clarion University softball team over Southern Vermont College in both ends of a Wednesday doubleheader during the Snowbird Softball Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Mountaineers were dropped 4-2 and then 6-0.
Game 1 – Clarion 4, SVC 2
The Golden Eagles took the first 4-2 behind the pitching of freshman Jessica Rohaus and the hitting of Kacie Nemeth and then rode both the arm and bat of Chelsea Zola to a 6-0 Game Two victory.
In the opener, Rohaus improved to 2-0 on the young season by going seven innings and scattering seven hits while walking four and striking out eight.
The Mountaineers grabbed both runs in the bottom of the fourth when sophomore Meagan Fleming Gansevoort, N.Y.) doubled to center field, being followed by a walk to sophomore twin sister Emily Fleming (Gansevoort, N.Y.) and a walk to sophomore first baseman Shelby Jones (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.). Freshman shortstop Julianna Burnley (Scotia, N.Y.) brought Meagan in for the first SVC run with a single to center, and a walk to freshman Katie Raymond (Baltic, Conn.) then scored Emily for the second. Those two Southern Vermont runs cut into what had been a 3-0 Clarion lead.
The Golden Eagles scored twice in the top of the first taking advantage of a pair of Mountaineer errors that kept the inning going.
With two outs, Megan Anderson walked after having an at bat extended by a dropped foul ball by the SVC catcher. Taylor Powell then reached on an error by the second baseman, and an Amanda Gough double to left followed by a Christina Tressler single to center gave Clarion a 2-0 early lead.
Clarion tacked on a run in the third when Gough walked and scored on a two-out double to center by Nemeth, who was 2-for-3 in the contest with the RBI and a run scored.
The Golden Eagles got an insurance run in the sixth when Nemeth led off with a single, moved to second on a two-out base hit by Emily Leininger and scored on a Megan Anderson RBI double.
Rohaus took home the win from the circle (2-0) while Emily Fleming received the loss (1-2). Fleming struck out three in seven innings of work, only allowing two earned runs in her appearance.
Meagan Fleming finished the game 3-4 with a run scored, and Jones was 1-2 with a walk.
Ashley Barenchik added two hits in three at bats in the game for Clarion.
Game 2 – Clarion 6, SVC 0
In the night cap, Zola, a sophomore, did a little bit of everything. She picked up her first career shutout by tossing seven strong innings of three-hit ball while striking out three and walking none.
The righty also helped herself at the plate going 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI. She was one of four Golden Eagles will three hits in the game, as eight of Clarion's nine starters had base knocks helping the team to 19 hits in the game.
Clarion took a 1-0 lead in the third as an interesting interpretation of the infield fly rule prevented another Golden Eagles run to count.
Zola led off the inning with a single, and Henderson and Shiring followed with bunt base hits to load the bases. Then, with one out, Gough delivered an RBI single to left brining up Taylor Sherry.
Clarion didn't allow the interesting decision to hamper its efforts, though, as the Golden Eagles scored three more runs in the fourth.
Lindner doubled and scored on a single by Zola. Shiring then singled home Kirsten Wilcox to score. Gough then followed with an RBI single to center making it 4-0.
The Golden Eagles added single runs in the fifth and sixth. In the fifth, Wilcox double to left with two outs, Zola singled her to third and Henderson recorded her first career RBI on a base hit to center. The sixth inning saw Gough double to right and score on a single by Lindner.
Zola won her first game of the year in the circle (1-0) while sophomore pitcher Hayley McDonald (Latham, N.Y.) suffered the loss (0-2).
Southern Vermont was limited to just three hits in the game, with twins Nathalie and Vanessa Ruelas (Paramount, Calif.) each had one while Burnley had the third.
Elizabeth Shiring was 3-for-4 with an RBI for Clarion, Gough was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored and Nemeth was 3-for-4, Kayla Henderson, Anderson and Nicole Lindner each added 2-for-4 performances with Lindner scoring a run and driving one in and Henderson, a freshman, picking up her first career RBI.
The Mountaineers drop to 1-4 on the season after concluding the Snowbird Invitational and return home for the New England Collegiate Conference opener against Lesley University at Willow Park on Sunday for a 1 and 3 p.m. doubleheader. Clarion is now 3-1 on the season and finishes its southern trip with a doubleheader against Rutgers-Camden Thursday starting at 9 a.m.