CLERMONT, Fla. - The Concordia College softball program opened up their 2016 season on Monday afternoon against Lake Superior St. The Clippers would score a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to earn a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Lakers.
Lake Superior St. would get on the scoreboard first with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Concordia would then knot the score at 2-2 in the fifth after freshman Audrey Gardus (Carbondale, Pa.) recorded an RBI triple with two outs in the inning to bring in sophomore Cassidy Gorgo (Millville, N.J.). Gardus would then cross home plate in the next at-bat after a passed ball by the Lakers.
In the home half of the fifth, Lake Superior St. scored the go-ahead run on a one out RBI single. The Clippers would go down in order in the sixth, but their last at-bats in the seventh proved to be effective. Gardus would provide the heroics as she came to the plate with two outs and two on as her single to the outfield allowed freshman Sabrina Hamersley (Kingston, Pa.) and freshman Danielle Drucker (Staten Island, N.Y.) to score giving Concordia the 4-3 lead.
Sophomore Sarah Ross (Dunmore, Pa.) recorded three straight outs for the Clippers in the bottom of the seventh as Concordia captured the 4-3 victory. Ross picked up the win for the Clippers after pitching the sixth and seventh innings.
Senior Hannah Rubasky (Nanticoke, Pa.) pitched the first five innings in the no-decision for Concordia allowing three unearned runs on four hits while striking out two batters. The Clippers earned a win in their first game of the season for the first time since 2012.
Concordia (1-0) will be back on the field tomorrow morning for a pair of games against Dowling and Saint Rose. The first game is set to begin at 9 a.m. with game two set to start at 11 a.m. Fans can follow the action by clicking on the live video link under the softball schedule page on ConcordiaClippers.com.