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Softball postseason hopes remain

lege 14-0 to drop the Wildcats of Wheelock to 0-7 in the conference. Sorensen, who added three hits at the plate, threw another gem, striking out 12 Wheelock hitters. Abigail Moore (Sheridan, CA), Jamie Block (Pembroke, Mass.), and Taylor Fleming (Upland, IN) each collected three hits on the afternoon. The team’s total 18 hits marked a season high for the Lions. The Lions lost both games of a doubleheader at home April 14. Roger Williams won 2-0 and 5-0, respectively. With seven strikeouts from Sorensen, she now has 108 on the season. She is 8-6 with an overall 1.88 ERA, which puts her just outside the top-5 in the CCC in ERA. The Lions, currently sitting tied for eighth in the CCC, are still hopeful of making it to the conference postseason tournament.

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Cayla Clinkscale, left, playing first base against Curry College March 24.

LAURA BENDER

CRYSTAL ERB
Guest Writer

Eastern Nazarene’s women’s softball team currently sits tied for eighth in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with a record of 9-19 (3-9). Tuesday April 4, the team split a doubleheader against

the University of New England Nor’Easters. The Lions won the first game, an extra-inning affair, 3-0 before dropping game two 9-1. Kori Sorensen (Quincy, Mass.) finished the game with 10 strikeouts, including two to start the 8th inning. The following day, April 5, the women ousted Wheelock Col-

Junior Ace Carradine (Honolulu, HI) said, “I think if everyone does their job out on the field and we keep working together more and more as a team, we should do pretty well in the postseason.” Sophomore Cayla Clinkscale (Winchendon, Mass.) added,” We should definitely make it to the conference tournament, we just have to keep building as a team.” She continued, “We also need to start hitting a lot more, so if we do that we will be much better.” The Lions have six remaining games on the schedule, four of which are conference games.

Senior among league leaders
the two games. April 9 against Colby-Sawyer resulted in an 8-5 loss, despite an 11-hit performance from the Lions. Framingham State handed the Lions their fourth consecutive loss April 12, 15-1. The Lions lost two more to Roger Williams on April 14. The doubleheader favored RWU as they won 12-1, 7-6, respectively. Steve Doyle (Weymouth, Mass.) has continued his hot hitting throughout April. He is currently batting .400 on the year with a .475 on-base percentage. Doyle is in the top-10 in batting average in the CCC. Despite a rough season, the men find themselves continually working together to improve and grow as a team. The men only have four conference games remaining, while they still have nine total games to play. An April 11 tweet on the official ENC Baseball Twitter page read, “Two solid days of work this week. The team is growing and it looks like we’re ready to take care of business this weekend.” The Lions’ next home game is an April 18 doubleheader on Bradley Field against Newbury College.

The men’s baseball team huddles up before a home game last week.

LAURA BENDER

MICHAELIN THOMAS
Guest Writer

Eastern Nazarene’s baseball team is currently at the halfway point in conference play during their near 40-game season. Past the midway point of the season, the Lions are last in the Commonwealth Coast Conference at 4-25 (2-10). The Lions had a brief two-game winning streak after victories over Gordon College

and Emerson College April 2 and 4, respectively. The Lions were leading a shortened game two of a doubleheader against Emerson, which ended in an Incomplete, but could have given the Lions their longest winning streak on the season. Following the Incomplete game, the Lions lost four straight. The Lions played a doubleheader April 5 against former conference opponents Anna Maria. The Lions were beat 4-0 and 13-5 in

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FROM PAGE 1 third doubles teams won with impressive scores of 8-1, 8-0, and 8-0, respectively. The six singles matches were also wins for ENC, resulting in the team’s sixth shutout of the season. This was a big victory, considering just two years ago ENC lost to Wentworth, 0-9. Although the score was 9-0, Coach Popa comments that “the match was a lot closer than the scores suggest.” Specifically,

Steelman’s first singles match was probably the toughest of the season. Wentworth’s Juan Ricardo is one of the top players in the conference and Steelman had lost to him two consecutive years. “I made it a goal to beat him after that, and I worked hard toward that, improving my game with hours and hours of tennis over the past two years. Reaching that goal really felt good,” remarked Steelman. At the end of the day, he beat Ricardo in a well-earned 7-5, 6-2 win. The Lions continued domi-

nant conference play April 15 at Salve Regina. Steelman and McKay-Corkum won at first and third singles, respectively, as ENC took five singles matches and two doubles. The Lions are currently second in the CCC, behind Nichols College, and just ahead of Roger Williams, who the team plays April 17. Another contributing player recognized by the team is freshman Sam McKay-Corkum (Rehoboth, MA). He is 12-4 for the year and has won his last 10 matches.

McKay-Corkum confesses that his losses at Hilton Head made him realize he needed to improve, and also gave him “motivation to work harder.” Since then, he has grown “mentally tougher in order to handle the college-level matches” and positively contribute to the team. Support the men’s tennis team at their next home match on Wednesday, April 25 at 4 p.m. against Western New England College.

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