Knights softball drop pair at Ithaca
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 9:04 am

Ithaca, NY – For the second straight day, the Clarkson University Softball team's offense was muted by the opposition's pitching staff as the Golden Knights lost to Ithaca College in a conference doubleheader, 12-0 and 9-1, Saturday afternoon.

The Golden Knights dropped to 5-18-1 overall and 0-4 in conference games, while Ithaca moved to 15-7 and 6-2. Clarkson is scheduled to play two more league doubleheaders midweek at RIT and Rochester.

In the opener, Ithaca had all the runs it needed for the run rule by the second innings thanks to two runs in the first and six more in the second. Allie Colleran came around on a wild pitch in the first and Vanessa Brown sent Gabby Laccona home on an RBI single, but the game truly opened up in the second. Laccona plated a pair with a two-run double and Brown followed with a three-run homer to make it 7-0. Alex Wright then drove in a run with a sacrifice fly for the eighth run.

In the top of the third, Haley Gaffney delivered a two-run single while Hannah Anderson drove in another run with a double and Wright added a second RBI in the game with a single.

Clarkson finished the game with two hits, with Kat Plescow and Kyrstin Messier accounting for the base hits. Leah Allen pitched the final four innings for the Knights, striking out three. For Ithaca, Vanessa Brown was one of five Bombers with multi-hit games, but she also produced five runs with two scored and four driven in.

In game two, Ithaca began the contest with three runs in the top of the first. Allie Colleran led off the game with a homer and Alex Wright drove in a pair with a double for a 3-0 lead. However, Clarkson responded with a run in the bottom half of the frame. Hannah Bowen led off with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Bridget Woolley singled to move Bowen to third, the freshman shortstop came around on a groundout by Plescow.

Unfortunately for the Knights, that was all the offense they could muster. Ithaca, however, picked up three runs in the top of the third as Ellie Murray drove in two with a double and then scored herself on a double from Alex Kimmel. In the next two innings, Ithaca scored enough to end the game early once again, scoring twice in the fourth and once in the fifth.

Colleran finished 3-for-3 for Ithaca and Abby Shields was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two more driven in. Clarkson's five hits were stretched out against five players, though Hannah Bowen did reach base twice thanks to a walk.