From a Clark University release
WORCESTER, MA - The Amherst College softball team dropped a pair of games to Clark University this afternoon, losing 8-0 and 7-0. The Lord Jeffs fall to 11-11 on the year with the losses, while the Cougars improve to 21-9 on the year.
Clark seniors Lauren Blake and Chelsea Proulx both reached career milestones in the victories. Blake picked up her 200th career hit with a single in the fourth inning of game one, and Proulx collected her 100th career hit in game two. Blake's 203 career hits are good for third on the school's all-time list, while Proulx is the 18th player in school history and the third this season to reach the century mark in hits.
In twin bill opener, Sarah Carter tossed her ninth complete game of the season, improving to 11-3, while scattering just five hits and allowing no walks. Clark jumped on Amherst starter Alex Chang-Graham (San Carlos, CA) early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first, highlighted by a Darcey Kurashige-Elliott RBI single to center and a Proulx bases loaded walk.
The Cougars wrapped up the game in the fifth by plating five runs, with Joanna Clark providing an RBI double, Meghan Lennon and Blake RBI singles and Melissa Traft and Kurashige-Elliott sacrifice flies.
The nightcap started out in a similar fashion with the Cougars getting two runs in the home half of the first on a two-run double by Kurashige-Elliott. Clark tacked on four more runs in the fourth on a Proulx RBI single, a Blake two-run single and a Maureen Coakley bases loaded walk.
The Cougars added another run in the sixth when Blake reached on an error and came around to score on a Mel Melkonian RBI double.
Keeping the Lord Jeffs from scoring was Clark rookie Nicole Meuse, who tossed six innings of five-hit ball, striking out one and walking none to improve her record to 8-3 overall. Classmate Kelly Schroder came on for relief in the final inning, allowing one hit.
Kurashige-Elliott went 3-for-3 in the second game, falling a home run shy of the cycle, while Blake had four hits and two runs and two RBI in the doubleheader.
Designated player Christina Anderson (Port St. Lucie, FL) had two hits for Amherst in game two and was the lone player for the Lord Jeffs to have more than two hits in the two games combined. She finished the day 3-for-5 overall at the plate. Carly Dudzik (Darien, CT) and Reilly Horan (Darien, CT) had a pair of hits apiece, getting one hit in each game. Amherst had four errors on the day, which hurt the team's chances of getting out of innings and working for a comeback.
Amherst will return to action tomorrow afternoon for another non-conference doubleheader at Smith College at 4 p.m.
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