NORTON, Mass. – Junior Renee Laflam (Concord, N.H./Concord) drove in three runs in game one and junior Megan Roy (North Dighton, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth Regional) and sophomore Ashley Brillon (Attleboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan) each had two RBI in the nightcap as the Wheaton College softball team split its conference doubleheader with Clark University Saturday afternoon at Clark Field.
Sophomore Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth Regional) belted her fifth home run of the season – a walk-off over the left field fence – in an 8-7 win in game one. Sophomore Tatiana Chunis (Sutton, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) combined for six hits and seven RBI for the Cougars (11-13, 2-8 NEWMAC), who rebounded to win the nightcap 9-6.
Wheaton (14-14, 7-3 NEWMAC) fell behind 4-0 after half an inning in game one behind run-scoring hits from Chunis, senior Meghan Lennon (Charlton, Mass./Shepherd Hill Regional), and senior Stefanie Ketternacker (Hastings-On-Hudson, N.Y./Hastings). The Lyons put up a '3' spot in their half of the fourth to cut their deficit to one at 4-3. Brillon and Roy each posted RBI hits before Laflam sent a sac fly to left field to bring in the third run of the inning.
In the sixth, Chunis cleared the bases with a double to right field to push Clark's lead to 7-3. Wheaton tied the game in the seventh behind a two-run single by Laflam, an RBI groundout by freshman Aimee Avila (North Dighton, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth Regional), and an illegal pitch that plated junior Alanna Monahan (Dorchester, Mass./Southfield School). Rocha's round tripper leading off the seventh made a winner of freshman Noelle Christmas (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South), who worked a scoreless top of the seventh to improve to 5-3 on the season.
Sophomore Allison Baker (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) worked the first six innings for Wheaton, allowing 10 hits and seven runs (five earned). She walked three and struck out six. Sophomore Heather Figula (Brick, N.J./Brick Township) surrendered two hits and two runs in one inning of work in the loss for Clark.
Chunis finished with three hits while senior Emily Murphy (Boxborough, Mass./Acton-Boxborough Regional) and junior Mel Melkonian (Worcester, Mass./Saint Peter Marian) each tallied two hits.
The Lyons raced out to a 3-0 in the nightcap behind a pair of unearned runs sandwiched around an RBI single by Roy. The Cougars scored twice in the fourth and once in the fifth to tie the game at three. After Murphy reached on a fielding error leading off the fourth, Chunis homered to center field to make the score 3-2. In the fifth, Chunis plated Melkonian with a single to left to make it 3-3.
A two-run double by Brillon and an RBI double by Roy in the sixth put the Lyons in front 6-3 heading to the seventh. The Cougars rallied for six runs – sparked by a two-run home run by Murphy and a two-run double by senior Maureen Coakley (Worcester, Mass./Holy Name) – in the seventh off Christmas to take their first lead of the game at 9-6.
Christmas surrendered 10 hits and eight runs (seven earned) with two walks and one strikeout in 6.2 innings of work to fall to 5-4. Lennon picked up her second win of the season for Clark as she allowed four hits and three unearned runs in four innings. She walked two and fanned three.
Roy finished game two 3-for-4 while Rocha and Avila each recorded a pair of hits. For Clark, Chunis recorded three hits and scored two runs.
The Lyons head to Brandeis for a pair of games Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. Clark heads to MIT Friday for a pair of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games beginning at 3 p.m.