NORTON, Mass. – Danielle Cimino picked up her fifth win of the season as she led the Wheaton College softball team to a 2-0 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win over visiting Clark University Saturday afternoon at Clark Softball Field. The Lyons then defeated the Cougars 14-7 in game two.
GAME ONE: WHEATON 2 - CLARK 0
Cimino pitched seven complete innings for the Lyons (10-9; 6-1 NEWMAC), surrendering just two hits, while striking out a season high nine batters. Sami West also pitched a complete game, collecting the loss for the Cougars (5-8; 0-3 NEWMAC).
All nine of the Lyons batters ended the contest with a hit, while West and Lauren Mackey picked up the Cougars only hits.
GAME TWO: WHEATON 14 - CLARK 7
With the win over the Cougars, Wheaton head coach Rachael Powers picked up her 200th career win. All 200 of Power's wins are from her eight seasons at the helm of Wheaton softball.
The win came after the Lyons fought back from a 5-0 deficit. The Cougars took advantage of back-to-back doubles that plated three runs to open the game, before fielder's choice to Kaitlyn DeBlois scored Sami West. Clark tacked on one more run in the second inning with a single from Jocie Orangio that spurred a throwing error by Wheaton, which allowed Leah Bodin to score.
Caroline Fairbanks earned a run back in the bottom half of the second with her second home run of the season and 28th of her career. Chloe Woodward knocked in the final two runs of the inning with a single to right.
The Lyons then took advantage of three Cougar errors in the bottom of the third to plate six runs on just four hits. With two outs, Rebecca Seifert got the rally started with a single to left center that knocked in Fairbanks. Walsh followed with a double that plated Seifert. After a Clark pitching change, the Lyons loaded the bases with back-to-back walks to Shelbi Wilson and Havrilla. A single to center from Woodward brought in two more Wheaton runs, before a single to right from Mary DeMoura scored Havrilla. Woodward would also come around to score on the play courtesy of another Cougar error.
Clark countered in the top of the fourth with two runs of its own, making it a 9-7 contest. Taylor Erickson scored the Cougars first run of the inning with a double, which was followed by an RBI single by Brenna Foley.
Wheaton added two more runs in the fifth, before scoring three more in the sixth to conclude its scoring. Havrilla crossed the plate in the fifth on a Clark error, before an RBI double from Emily Schlapak scored Woodward.
Woodward picked up her fifth RBI of the day in the sixth with a single that scored Walsh. A dropped third strike put DeMoura on bases moments later, while giving Havrilla time to come home. An error by the Cougar first baseman on Schlapak's at bat allowed Woodward to score the final run of the contest.
Wilson started the contest in the circle, where she completed 3.2 innings, before being relieved by junior Allison Cox. Cox closed out the contest, earning her third win of the season, while allowing just two hits and striking out five.
The Lyons will host UMass.-Dartmouth in a double-header on Sunday, April 9 with game one beginning at 12 p.m.