Cape Coral, FL – When sophomore Kat Tamburro (Frankfort, NY) came home in the top of the first inning against Rutgers-Newark she made Clarkson University Softball history becoming the first Golden Knight player to score a run, but the Green and Gold came up short in its doubleheader on Sunday against Oneonta State (7-0) and Rutgers-Newark (11-3) at the Cape Coral Sports Complex.
Jamie Bridge (Plymouth, CT) started off the first game by recording six outs via strikeout through the first two innings, but her counterpart Sabrina DeAngelis had four whiffs in the first two frames for the Red Dragons. Oneonta, however, got on the scoreboard in the third by picking up four runs thanks to a two-run single from Nicole Marzillo and a run-scoring hit from Marlene Cuevas. With runners on first and third, Cuevas got in a rundown and stuck in it long enough to allow the runner on third to cross home for the fourth run.
In the top of the fourth, Clarkson looked ready to push its first run of the season across the plate, but some mistakes saw two runners erased on the basepaths. It was the closest that Clarkson would come to earning its first run as the Knights had only one more baserunner for the remainder of the game.
Oneonta picked up three more runs in the sixth with a sacrifice fly from Brianna Calby, who later came around on a double steal, and a run-scoring single from Jamie Whittam.
DeAngelis picked up the win for Oneonta, allowing just one hit and no walks in seven innings while striking out 10. Bridge allowed seven runs, but only two were earned, on six hits and three walks. She also added to her strikeout total by whiffing 12 hitters in six innings.
In game two, Clarkson's offense got going with back-to-back hits in the top of the first inning from Tamburro and Ali Schwenzfeier (East Haddam, CT). Tamburro singled and moved to second on a wild pitch and Schwenzfeier blooped in a double. Tamburro had to hold up to see if the ball was caught, but when Schwenzfeier stretched the hit by heading to second, Tamburro took off for home to score Clarkson's first-ever run. The Knights picked up another in the third on another double from Schwenzfeier that plated Leanna Hoover (Rochester, NY) and the Knights picked up a third tally in the sixth when Lisa Ferrucci (Amsterdam, NY) went from first to third on a sacrifice bunt and came scampering home on a fielder's choice.
The second game was close (6-3) until the final inning when Rutgers-Newark combined some soft pop ups that fell for hits with some shots to the gaps, scoring five runs with two outs on five consecutive hits.