Fantastic Fekete: Catcher Shines in Softball's Road Split at Clark

Juliana Fekete

Worcester, MA --- Host Clark University and crosstown rival WPI spilt a New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball doubleheader on Friday afternoon at O'Brien Field. 

The Cougars (6-10, 2-4 NEWMAC) rallied for a dramatic 6-5 win in the opener before the Engineers (13-6, 4-3 NEWMAC) erupted for nine runs in the second en route to a 10-1 victory in the nightcap. 

Game 1: Clark 6, WPI 5

Tatiana Chunis (Sutton, MA) drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh to rescue Clark from a heartbreaking loss. 

Down 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Cougars pushed across four runs in the frame on RBI doubles from Lauren Mackey (Dublin, NH) and Shawna Amatucci (Shrewsbury, MA) and a two-run double from Hayley Buckheit (Camden Hills, ME). 

The Engineers rallied in the top of the seventh when Kristin Gallagher (Coventry, RI) doubled to left. After Nicole McDonough (Abington, MA) popped out to second, Juliana Fekete (Belgrade, ME) doubled to center and Lauren DiFelice (Acushnet, MA) crushed a three-run homerun to left, knotting the game at 5-5. 

Alyssa Wright (Manchester, NH) started the game-winning rally with a single to right and a pair of groundouts erased Wright but left Mackey at second. Chunis then sent the Cougars into a frenzy when Mackey raced home from second base. 

Fekete put the visitors up in the first when her suicide squeeze brought in Ali LaRue (South Glens Falls, NY). She then blasted a solo homerun in the third, giving WPI a 2-0 edge. 

Meanwhile, Caroline Medina (Pompton Lakes, NJ), who was coming off of a perfect game against Becker College on Wednesday, retired the first nine batters she faced until Maya Allen (Concord, MA) led off the fourth inning with a double. Allen was erased on a fielder's choice but a pair of infield hits were followed by a Rachel Kraytenberg (Londonderry, NH) RBI single up the middle.

Clark's starter, Buckheit, went the distance for the Cougars, allowing 11 hits and five runs, four of them earned. 

Medina tossed the first four innings, before Clare Doolin (Newton, MA) yielded the four runs in the sixth that put the Cougars ahead. Medina then returned with the score tied, giving up the go-ahead run to take the loss. 

Game 2: WPI 10, Clark 1

The Engineers exploded for nine runs in the second inning, sending 14 batters to the plate and got help from the Clark defense as they committed four errors. Both Amanda Pierce (Ware, MA) and McDonough had two run doubles in the frame, while Katie Bumila, (Raynham, MA) Fekete and LaRue each drove in runs with base hits. 

Pitching was strong for Crimson and Grey as Medina was in complete control in her three innings of work, allowing just two hits. Doolin then finished off the Cougars, allowing just one hit in two innings. 

WPI added another run in the fifth when Gallagher walked and Chiana Montesi (Columbia, CT) hit a bloop to right behind third place. Lindsay Gurska (Revere, MA.) drove in the run with a long double to center. 

Clark's only run of the game came in the bottom of the fifth when Amatucci doubled to right center to open the inning, moved to third on a wild pitch and then crossed the plate on a double steal. 

Melanie Dusseault (Auburn, NH) tossed all five innings for the Cougars, allowing nine hits and ten runs – only one of which were earned. 

Both teams return to the diamond on Saturday. WPI travels Emerson, while Clark plays host to Wheaton.

Release Courtesy Clark Sports Information