CLERMONT, Fla. – Felician College senior first baseman Ciera Clark (Granite Bay, Calif.) established several school home run records, including becoming the Golden Falcons' all-time leader, in a pair of Felician losses during the Dot Richardson Spring Games on Thursday afternoon at Hancock Park.
Felician began Thursday with a 12-7 non-conference loss to Lake Erie College. The Golden Falcons then concluded their 11-game trip to Clermont with a 9-6 non-league setback to Notre Dame (Ohio) College.
Clark homered twice in each game. For the day, she was 5 for 6, plus a walk and a hit batsman, with six runs scored and seven RBI. Her first roundtripper against Lake Erie, leading off the bottom of the fourth inning, was the 22nd of her college career, allowing her to break a tie with Lauren DeGrushe (2008-11) for Felician's career record. She now owns program marks of 25 homers and 123 RBI in 145 career games.
Clark is believed to be the first Golden Falcon to ever homer four times in one day. She also extends her own school record for multi-home run games to five.
Against Lake Erie (4-4), Felician carried a 6-5 lead into the seventh and final inning on the strength of Clark's go-ahead two-run shot in the fifth. But the Storm took advantage of six hits and two Felician errors to tally seven runs, including the final six with two outs. LEC tied the game on a Jessacca Gironda sacrifice fly.
The inning was extended on a throwing error following a dropped third strike, and pinch-hitter Kate-Lynn Urgo (Vermillion, Ohio) took advantage with a go-ahead two-run single. Storm freshman Kaylie Lewis had a two-run double and sophomore Elizabeth Karako a two-run single later in the inning. Felician loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but settled for one run on a Jackie Duenas (Riverside, Calif.) single before being retired.
The game featured four lead changes. Kirako and Gironda had three hits each for the storm, and senior right-hander Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio) (3-2) earned the win, striking out six batters in 3 2/3 innings of relief work. Freshman Ashley Owens (Lockport, N.Y.) (3-3) gave up 13 hits in a complete-game effort for Felician. Clark was 3 for 3 plus a hit batsman, and teammates Duenas and Taylor Parker (Surrey, British Columbia) had two hits apiece.
Later on Thursday, Felician (3-8) rallied from a three-run deficit to tie the game at 5-5 in the top of the fifth inning, only to see Notre Dame take the lead for good with four runs in the home half of the fifth. Clark hit two-run homers in the first and fifth, the latter of which knotted the score, and Duenas went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles.
NDC went ahead to stay on junior Kayla Sidorski's (Eastlake, Ohio) one-out RBI single in the fifth. Nataly Ciocca (Macedonia, Ohio) followed with another run-scoring single, and one out later, Maria Vanadia (Medina, Ohio) capped the uprising with a two-run single. Trailing 9-5 in the seventh, Felician picked up a run on Parker's sacrifice fly, but was not able to get the tying run to the plate. Sidorski drove in four runs and was one of three Falcons with two base hits.
If field conditions allow, Felician will play its home opener on Sunday, March 15, against Wilmington (Del.) University at Matera Field in Lyndhurst.