FORT MYERS, FL.- The Elms College softball team opened the 2019 season with a pair of losses to Clark University on Saturday, March 2.
Game 1: Clark 4, Elms 2
Clark took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when Francesca Ciron (Franklin Square, NY.) ripped an RBI single that scored Christina Kopacz (North Grosvenordale, CT.) from third.
The Blazers took over the lead in the top of the fifth inning when junior Katelyn Sylvia (Southwick, Mass.) sent first year Sarah Roussis (East Canaan, Conn.) and senior Jeszy McGuire (Brimfield, Mass.) across home plate with a two RBI single (2-1). Sylvia led the Blazers with two hits and two RBIs.
The Cougars tied the game at 2-2 when sophomore JC Urella (North Grafton, MA.) tripled to score senior Olivia Barskdale (Fort Washington, Md.).
Urella helped Clark walk-off in the bottom of the seventh inning when she doubled to score Kopacz and Barksdale for the final 4-2 victory.
Lisa Lusardi (Enfield, CT.) pitched 6 strong innings striking out 7 and only surrendering 4 hits and 1 walk.
Game 2: Clark 9, Elms 0
Clark racked up three runs in the top of the first including a two RBI double from Cirone to kick things off. Freshman Jessica Martin (Winthrop, MA.) added an RBI to extend Clark's lead to 3-0 after one.
An unearned run for Clark in the second when sophomore Isabella DiOrio (Lincoln, R.I.) crossed home, and two more runs in the third on RBIs from first year Kylie McCabe (Rumson, N.J.) and Kopacz put Clark up 6-0 heading into the fourth inning.
The Cougars added three more runs in the sixth with RBIs from Kopacz, Martin, and freshman Kaylee Gibson (Northfield, MA.).
The Blazers are back in action on Sunday when they take on Penn. St. – Altoona at 9am and Albion College at 11am.