BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - The Concordia College softball team played in their first games at Clipper Softball Field this season on Thursday as the Clippers hosted the 17th-ranked Caldwell Cougars in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader. Concordia would put up a battle as the Clippers fell in game one, 4-0, and then were edged 6-2 in eight innings in the night cap.
The first game saw Caldwell score two runs in the top of the first to jump out to the early 2-0 advantage. The Cougars added lone runs in the fourth and sixth innings as Concordia was held to only two hits in the game as Caldwell took the 4-0 win. Junior Sarah Ross (Dunmore, Pa.) pitched the complete game for the Clippers in the loss as she allowed three earned runs on six hits and struck out two batters.
Game two began with the Cougars scoring two runs in their first at-bats as Concordia would respond with a lone run in the home half of the inning. With a runner on second base, a double to right-center field for senior Carly Mertens (Freeport, N.Y.) would bring in junior Cassidy Gorgo (Millville, N.J.) on the play as the Clippers cut their deficit in half, 2-1.
In the bottom of the second, Concordia would knot the score at 2-2 as sophomore Tori Tansley (Old Forge, Pa.) led off the inning with a solo home run to left-center field, her first home run of the season. Neither team could score the go-ahead run in regulation as the two teams would play into the eighth inning. Caldwell would put the game away for good as the visitors scored four runs to lead 6-2. The Clippers were unable to score in their last at-bats of the game as the Cougars edged out a 6-2 victory.
Freshman MacKenna Powell (Milford, Pa.) pitched 7.0 innings for Concordia in the start as she did not allow an earned run in the no-decision, allowing five hits and striking out a career-high four batters. Freshman Shayla Peterson (Bethlehem, Pa.) pitched the eighth inning for the Clippers in the loss as she allowed two earned runs on four hits.
Concordia (4-18, 3-13) will be back in action on Saturday against Dominican (N.Y.) for a pair of CACC games. First pitch at Clipper Softball Field is set for 1 p.m. as fans unable to attend can follow the action by accessing the live stats and video links under the softball schedule page on ConcordiaClippers.com.