NAPLES, Fla.- The Eastern Nazarene College softball team squared off against a pair of Bay State opponents Wednesday in Naples, Florida. The Lions narrowly fell to Clark 2-0 and posted a commanding 8-0 win over Wheelock to halt a five-game skid.
Eastern Nazarene moves to 3-5 on the spring with the results. The Cougars improved to 5-5 overall and the Wildcats plunge to 0-2 on the year.
Lauren Weidler (Lansdale, Pa.) collected three RBIs, two base hits and scored one run to lead the Lions. Viviana Coix (Warrenville, Ill.) notched three base knocks, scored twice on the day and stole a base. Heidi Gomez (Floral Park, N.Y.) finished with a hit, one run scored and one RBI.
The Lions' were dealt a 2-0 loss in their opening tilt of the afternoon against Clark.
Clark pushed across its first run of the contest in the second inning. Anjelica Gonzalez scored on a single to right-center by Danielle Tesler.
The Cougars tacked on a run in the top of the seventh to widen the gap to 2-0. Olivia Barksdale rounded third and scurried home from second base on a single to right by Alyssa Wright.
Heidi Gomez pitched her fourth complete game of the spring and scattered seven hits.
In game two of the day, Eastern Nazarene's offense racked up seven base hits en route to an 8-0 victory in five innings over Wheelock.
The Lions sprung for two runs in the bottom of the first frame to grab a 2-0 lead. Kaitlyn Jimenez (Meriden, Conn.) dashed home on a throwing error as Coix stole second before Weidler grounded out to drive in Coix.
Eastern Nazarene chalked up six runs in the home half of the fifth inning to seal the win. Weidler roped a double down the left field line to plate Coix and Lauren Clements (Garrison, Texas). Heidi Gomez followed with a single up the middle to score Weidler from second base. Tylan Onorato (Wiscassett, Maine) drew a bases-loaded walk as Heidi Gomez trotted home. Meghan Stanley (Bedford, Mass.) and Kelly Couite (West Bridgewater, Mass.) both crossed the dish on wild pitches to cap off the game.
Weidler threw a one-hit shutout in her fourth start of the season and struck out seven batters. The rookie carried a perfect game into the fifth before allowing a two-out single.
Up next, Eastern Nazarene wraps up play at the Gene Cusic Classic in Florida with games against Swarthmore and Wisconsin Lutheran Thursday, March 10.