BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – The Concordia Clippers softball team traveled to Bloomfield College on Wednesday afternoon for a pair of Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) games against the Bears. Bloomfield would take game one, 9-3, but a two out, three-run home run for freshman Stephanie Ryder (New Rochelle, N.Y.) in the top of the seventh inning allowed Concordia to earn a 4-3 come-from-behind victory to earn the split.
The Clippers would take an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning of game one as senior Sarah Ross (Dunmore, Pa.) hit a solo home run to center field, her third of the season. The Bears would answer back in the home half of the inning with a lone run of their own to knot the score at 1-1.
Concordia added two more runs to their total in the third inning as junior Tori Tansley (Old Forge, Pa.) and Ryder recorded RBIs to give the Clippers the 3-1 advantage. Bloomfield responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game back up at 3-3.
The Bears scored the go-ahead run in the fifth and added five more runs to their total in the sixth as Concordia trailed 9-3 going into their final at-bats. The Clippers managed to have two on with one out, but were unable to score any more runs as Bloomfield took the game, 9-3.
Sophomore Shayla Peterson (Bethlehem, Pa.) was tagged with the loss for Concordia as she pitched the complete game allowing eight earned runs on 13 hits while striking out five batters.
In the second game the Bears would score lone runs in both the second and third innings to lead 2-0. The Clippers struggled offensively, but the top of the seventh would score their first run as sophomore MacKenna Powell (Milford, Pa.) came in off an error. Ryder provided the three-run home run, her first of her collegiate career, with two outs in the inning to give Concordia the 4-2 lead. Bloomfield would get a run back in their last at-bats and left the bases loaded as the Clippers held on for the 4-3 win.
Ross earned the win for Concordia after pitching 7.0 innings allowing two earned runs on 10 hits while striking out two batters. The win for the Clippers snaps a nine-game winless drought.
Concordia (5-13, 3-9 CACC) will return to action tomorrow at Caldwell University for a CACC doubleheader in Caldwell, N.J. First pitch of game one is set for 3 p.m. as fans unable to attend can follow the action by clicking on the live stats and video links under the softball schedule page on ConcordiaClippers.com.