Lead-off hitter Amari Foster found her swing as she clobbered four homeruns in Clark Atlanta University’s sweep of conference foe Claflin University 5-4 and 12-9 in softball action Friday at Panther Field.
Foster, who struggled from the plate in recent games, was a hitting machine against Claflin as she slapped her first solo shot in game one that extended CAU’s lead to 5-2 after six innings. Despite Claflin adding two more runs in the top of the seventh, the Lady Panthers’ defense held on for the win. Senior Nicolette Anderson picked up the win on the mound for Clark Atlanta.
Claflin came out swinging in game two and jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the fourth. But Foster’s bat was still hot as she cleared the bases for her first career grand slam, which was her second homerun of the game, that pulled the Lady Panthers within one point, 8-7. Two batters later third baseman Alia Williams blasted a two-run shot over centerfield to give the Lady Panthers a 9-8 advantage.
Clark Atlanta recorded seven hits and six runs in the inning to reclaim the lead. Zhandria Usher’s sacrifice fly and Foster’s double tapped in two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning that sealed the win for the Panthers along with solid defensive work to hold off Claflin in the final at bat.
In game two, Foster was perfect at the plate on five appearances with seven RBIs, three homeruns, a single and a double along with four runs scored to lead the Lady Panthers. Williams added three RBIs on 2-of-3 appearances at the plate while Goodwin pitched a complete game in seven innings of work with four strike-outs and six earned runs.
Next, the Lady Panthers (13-15, SIAC 8-11) will travel to Fort Valley Tuesday, March 26, before hosting Benedict College at Panther Field Thursday, March 28, at 3 & 5 p.m.