Saints starting pitcher Nicole Schmidt allowed just one hit to Clarke. Clarke went 1-for-16 at the plate, including 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. Schmidt struck out seven hitters and walked two.
Clarke earns split
Ashford was comfortable with playing at home for the first time this season. Maybe they got a little too comfortable after the first win Saturday afternoon.
Each team scored in the first inning — Clarke opened with a Colavita RBI single, while Ashford got its run on a Bitto bunt that snuck over the head of third baseman Rachel Arns.
Both teams left a runner on base in the second inning before the Crusaders opened up the scoreboard on a three-run rally in the third inning.
Clarke got three hits in the inning. Colavita started the rally with an RBI double. Nauman then brought another run in on a fielders choice, then Maiya Tallakson brought in Colavita on a single. Clarke left two runners on base in the inning, however.
Kendra Roth (5-6) was the starting pitcher for the Saints, and she threw the first three innings. Roth allowed four earned runs on eight hits. She faced 17 batters; Roth also walked two batters and struck out a pair of Crusaders.
Schmidt came in with no outs in the fourth inning and shut down Clarke for the remainder of the afternoon. Schmidt allowed four hits without a run while adding four strikeouts to her total.
"We couldn't get enough hits behind Kendra, and that was disappointing," Jannusch said. "I think that good teams play 14 good innings a day; we're in a position where we need to play 14 good innings a day to put ourselves in good enough position for the conference tournament."
Ashford had a rally in the sixth inning that cut its deficit from 4-1 to 4-3. Dobbs hit a double to the right-center gap that brought in two baserunners. Jannusch loves how Dobbs plays the game.