MIllersville Sweep Sends Clarion U. Softball to 2-20

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MILLERSVILLE, Pa. – The Clarion softball team just missed out on a split on Saturday, dropping decisions of 4-3 and 4-1 to Millersville in a doubleheader played at Seabar Field.

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The Golden Eagles (2-20) will be back in action on Wednesday when they face Tiffin and will play their home opener on Friday against Bloomsburg.

The Golden Eagles’ best chance to win came in the first game when they took a 3-2 lead on a two-run homer by Rachel Hoffman in the top of the second inning. Hoffman was a combined 3-of-6 at the plate over the course of the doubleheader with two RBI’s, and also got a no-decision in the first game. She allowed two runs and struck out five in four innings pitched. Cassidy Runyan had a 3-of-3 performance at the plate in the nightcap, driving in Clarion’s lone run in that game.

Runyan also kicked off the scoring in the first game, reaching on a walk and scoring on a wild pitch in the top of the first inning to put Clarion ahead 1-0. The Marauders took a 2-1 advantage in the home half of the inning, but Hoffman put the Golden Eagles back on top just a half-inning later. Laura Sadowski led off the top of the second with a single and Hoffman deposited a homer over the center field wall to make it a 3-2 advantage.

Hoffman kept the Marauders off the scoreboard for the rest of her tenure in the circle, but Millersville added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 4-3 advantage. Hoffman reached based with one out in the bottom of the seventh but a groundout ended the potential rally.

Neither team scored until the bottom of the fourth inning of the second game, with Millersville enjoying a four-run fourth to set the tone. Runyan ripped a two-out single through the infield to score Audrey Hummell in the top of the fifth inning, but Brigid Stermel flew out to end the threat.

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