Knights drop softball doubleheader at RPI, 7-1 and 11-1
Troy, NY – On the road once again, the Clarkson University Softball team didn't muster much offense in its doubleheader against Rensselaer, dropping the two contests 7-1 and 11-1 on Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Knights fell to 5-20-1 on the season and 0-6 in the Liberty League, while RPI remained at the top of the conference standings at 19-7 overall and 9-1 in league play. Clarkson will face RIT on Sunday afternoon in another conference doubleheader.In the opener, the Engineers pounded out 15 hits in seven innings, scoring in five of the seven frames. Christine White singled home Veronica DeStefano in the top of the first but the Knights responded in the bottom of the second when Sam Mennig plated pinch-runner Riley LeBourveau with a double to make it 1-1 through two innings. However, White singled through the right side in the third to put the Engineers up 2-1 and the steady offense kept the pressure on. DeStefano and Cam Caswell drove home runs in the fourth and Allie Hunt delivered a two-run single up the middle in the fifth. A sacrifice fly in the sixth ended the scoring for the Engineers. DeStefano and White each had three hits and Sarah Harms gained the win for the Engineers, striking out seven and allowing only three hits. Liz Caggiano, Kyrstin Messier and Mennig each had hits for Clarkson.
In game two, big innings by the Engineers ended the game after five frames. RPI scored five in the top of the second, including two-run singles from both Veronica DeStefano and Cam Caswell. Summer Lancette got the Knights on the board in the bottom of the third when she led off with a double and advanced around the bases on two more groundouts to make it 5-1. RPI tacked on two in the fourth with run-scoring singles from White and Kyla Anderson and the Engineers scored four more in the fifth, including three on errors, to end the game after five.
Lancette was 2-for-3 in game two for the Knights while both Mennig and Samm Swiesz went 1-for-2.