Troy grad Pratt ties career HR record in sweep over Clarion
MANSFIELD - Courtney Bauder set the stage early hitting the first pitch she saw over the centerfield fence and Kate Pratt got the win and hit her record-tying 23rd home run of her career in the nightcap as Mansfield swept Clarion in the PSAC Central opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Helen Lutes Field.
Mansfield won the opener 7-2 behind senior Caitlin Klobosits who picked up her seventh win in nine decisions on season. Klobosits scattered five hits and struck out 10 in recording her sixth complete game of the year. The Mountaineers pounded out 17-hits in a 9-2 win in the nightcap with Pratt, a Troy graduate, throwing a complete game win and hitting a solo home run in the fifth to tie the school record.
In the opener, Mansfield would score all the runs it would need getting five runs in the first inning. After Bauder's leadoff home run, freshman Ashley Inman doubled in two runs with senior Danielle Long doubling in another run.
After Clarion scored a run in the top of the second, the Mountaineers added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, with Inman driving in another run with a single.
Klobosits continued her mastery on the mound this season, striking out the first four batters she faced before giving up a solo home run to Nicole Lindner. The senior lefty issued just two walks with one of the two runs she gave up on the day coming off an error. For the season, Klobosits has now struck out 80 batters in 61.1 innings worked.
Simmeth went 3-3 in the opener while Inman was 2-3 with a double and three RBI's to lead the offense.
In the nightcap, the Mountaineers staked Pratt to a 2-0 lead when Bauder led off the bottom of the first with a single and scored two batters later when Pratt doubled. Pratt later scored on an RBI single by freshman Megan Miller.
Clarion closed the gap to 2-1 with a run in the top of the second, but Mansfield responded with six runs on eight hits in the bottom half of the inning. Bauder drove in two runs in the inning with Simmeth, Inman, Miller, and Kaitlyn Harris each driving in a run.
Pratt, who hit her eight home run of the season and 23rd in her career tying her with Nicole Yost (2008-11), had a strong performance on the mound, scattering seven hits and striking out seven and walking none in improving to 3-4 on the season.
Bauder and Pratt each went 3-5 from the plate and drove in two runs. Megan Miller went 4-4 with two RBI's while Inman and Harris each had multi-hit games.
Jessica Rohaus started and took the loss for Clarion with Lindner and Kacie Nemeth each going 2-3 from the plate.
Mansfield improves to 11-7 on the season and current sits atop of the PSAC Central standings with a 2-0 conference mark.
The Mountaineers will host IUP on Tuesday in a rescheduled PSAC Central doubleheader.