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Cardinals Run Past Clarkson 8-3, Before Falling 3-0 to McDaniel

Rinaldi allowed just one run on three hits during the Clarkson victory (Jonas Powell '18).
Rinaldi allowed just one run on three hits during the Clarkson victory (Jonas Powell '18).

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Wesleyan softball team (4-3) cruised to an 8-2 victory over Clarkson (6-3) in its first game of the day, before falling 3-0 to McDaniel (4-2) on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals will take on Wisconsin-Stevens Points on Monday morning at 9:45 a.m. 

CLARKSON VS. WESLEYAN - HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Clarkson opened the scoring in the first when Raeanna Dunn touched home on a single to right field by Liz Caggiano for the 1-0 edge.
  • Wesleyan cracked the game open in the bottom of the third, scoring eight runs. With runners on second and third, a bunt by Olivia Gorman drove in Maddie Ikeda, before Lauren Gaffney-Gomez and Gorman touched home on an error for the 3-1 advantage. Marina Williams touched home on a sacrifice fly by Courtney Collins-Pisano, before a single to right by Kendall Carr drove in Sophia Sciarappa, extending the lead to 5-1. Later, Carr and Danielle Rinaldi scored on a single to center by Gaffney-Gomez, before Ikeda crossed the plate to cap the inning at 8-1.
  • Clarkson added a run in the top of the sixth when Hannah Bowen hit a triple to right center, before touching home on the next batter.
  • The Golden Knights wer able to tally one more run for the final 8-3 score in the top of the seventh, but that was as close as they would get.

CLARKSON VS. WESLEYAN – INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Rinaldi picked up the win for Wesleyan, allowing just one run on three hits with two strikeouts over four innings of work. Brenna Monroe earned the save with two runs on five hits over the final three innings.
  • Gaffney-Gomez and Gorman both went 2-3 with two RBI's for the Cardinals.
  • Despite striking out six batters, Leah Allen suffered the loss for Clarkson, allowing eight runs on nine hits over four innings of work.
  • Caggiano went 2-3 with a double and two RBI, while Bowen had a triple.

MCDANIEL VS. WESLEYAN HIGHLIGHTS:

  • McDaniel got on the board in the bottom of the first to make it a 2-0 game. With the bases loaded, a single by Mattie Whalen drove in Michaela Persinger and Megan Coyle.
  • Julia Dimmick touched home in the bottom of the third to give the Green Terror a 3-0 advantage.
  • Wesleyan threatened in the top of the seventh, but were unable to plate a run as McDaniel held on for the win.

MCDANIEL VS. WESLEYAN – INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Gaffney-Gomez suffered the loss for the Cardinals, allowing three runs on four hits over four innings of work. Rinaldi allowed no runs and no hits in relief over two innings, while recording two strikeouts.
  • Carr and Rinaldi went 2-3 for Wesleyan.
  • Krista Waller earned the win for the Green Terror allowing no runs on three hits and one strikeout over five innings. Cassie Rickrode earned the save over two innings of work.
  • Coyle went 2-2, while Whalen recorded two RBI for McDaniel.