DuBois Grad Wilcox has Nice Day, but Clarion U. Softball Swept by Mansfield

CLARION, Pa. – The Clarion softball team fell in a pair of home PSAC Central games on Wednesday, dropping both halves of a doubleheader to Mansfield.

The Golden Eagles lost by scores of 10-1 and 13-4, respectively, in the twinbill. They are now 3-22 overall, 1-9 in PSAC Central play.

Casey Wilcox went 2-of-3 in the first game and scored a pair of runs over the course of both, crossing the plate for the lone tally in the early game and coming across to briefly put the Golden Eagles ahead in the nightcap. Kira Smith was 1-for-1 at the plate with two RBIs in the nightcap, while Rachel Hoffman went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in that game.

Smith got the start in Game 2 and left with a no-decision after allowing a game-tying home run to open the sixth inning; Sarah Gossard gave up the go-ahead later that inning for the loss. Rachel Hoffman pitched a complete game in the early start in taking the loss.

The high point of the day came early in the second game as Clarion built a 4-2 lead on the Mountaineers early on. After Wilcox reached base on an error by the third baseman, Cassidy Runyan bunted her into scoring position with a sacrifice. A passed ball put Wilcox on third and Hoffman did the rest, ripping a single through the middle of the infield to make it 1-0. Smith followed that up with a long double to right to bring Hoffman around from first, putting Clarion ahead 2-0.

Mansfield pulled even with two runs in the third but the Golden Eagles tacked on in the home half of the inning on an RBI single from Christina Tressler. The lead again reached two runs in the fourth when Smith scored Runyan on a sacrifice fly, making it 4-2. The Mountaineers pulled with one run in the next inning and eventually tied the score in the sixth on a solo home run from Laura Lawson. Mansfield proceeded to score five runs that inning in taking an 8-4 lead, and the Mountaineers scored five more in the seventh to take their final 13-4 advantage.

The first game started out more decisively in favor of Mansfield, who scored the first four runs of the game to take the advantage. Runyan brought Wilcox home in the home half of the second when the pitcher bobbled a throw to first with the bases loaded, allowing Runyan to reach with no outs. The offensive explosion for Mansfield came in the seventh when they tacked on four runs, taking a 10-1 lead and winning.

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