Fort Myers, FL - With runners on the corners and one out in the seventh inning, the Clarkson University Softball team had the chance to come away with its first-ever victory, but the Golden Knights rally was snuffed out and the Green and Gold finished the day winless with a 3-2 loss against Smith College and a 10-2 defeat the hands of Wisconsin-Superior Monday at the Lee County Sports Complex.
In the first game, Clarkson's Jamie Bridge (Plymouth, CT) and Smith's Gina Martucci matched zeroes for the first three innings, but Smith got on the scoreboard in the fourth when Brittney Blokker singled and eventually advanced around the bases on two errors to plate the first run. The Knights responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning as Katie Pelton (Auburn, NH) singled to lead off the inning and moved up to second with two outs in the inning. Senior Lisa Ferrucci (Amsterdam, NY) then singled on the first pitch she saw as a pinch-hitter and drove home Pelton to knot up the game 1-1. Smith scored two more in the fifth on a Caroline Kushner double, and Kushner rolled around the bases on a single to center by Blokker.
In the bottom half of the fifth, Kat Tamburro (Frankfort, NY) walked and advanced to third on a groundout. With two outs, Jamie Bridge reached on an error ant Tamburro scampered home to make it 3-2. The bottom half of the seventh saw the Knights nearly pick up their first victory when the team opened with a walk and a single. After a fielder's choice put runners on the corners, Smith's Martucci was able to wiggle out of the jam with a comebacker and a pop up to the catcher to end the game.
Tamburro reached base four times going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks while Bridge walked just one and allowed eight hits in a seven-inning complete game effort in which she struck out four.
In the second game, Wisconsin-Superior jumped out front with a run in the first and three more in the second for a 4-0 lead. Clarkson responded with a run in the bottom half of the frame when Jamie Bridge reached on an error, moved up on a single, and then came around to score on a passed ball and overthrow. The Yellowjackets didn't let up, scoring two more in the third and four in the fourth for a 10-1 lead. In the bottom half of the fourth, Clarkson picked up its second run of the game as Bridge singled to lead off the inning. With one out, she moved around to third on a groundout and then scored on a single from Lou Terwilliger (Putney, VT). The offense wasn't enough, however, to keep the game from ending via the eight-run rule.