Thursday May 02 2013
Clark repping a new jersey: Former Lady Eagle succeeding on field, in class at FelicianBy: Trevor Horn / Special to the Journal
Felician College softball head coach Lori Kwiatkowski calls Ciera Clark an “athletic phenom.”
As a freshman last season for the NCAA Division II school in New Jersey just 15 miles outside of New York City, the 2011 graduate of Del Oro set a school record for RBI with 40 for the Golden Falcons.
This season Clark, who was named honorable mention All-Central Athletic Collegiate Conference team on Thursday, helped Felician into a final playoff push.
Clark had three hits in a season-ending doubleheader, but Felician was swept and missed the playoffs.
But losing is not part of the norm for Clark.
In her three years on the varsity squad at Del Oro, the Golden Eagles won 72 games, went a combined 29-5 in Sierra Foothill League games and played in two Sac-Joaquin Section Division II title games.
“Playing for Del Oro and the huge SFL history there, you always want to win,” Clark said. “It’s natural for me to win.”
Through her two seasons at Felician, Clark sits third all-time in program history with 11 career home runs, including a team-high four this year.
The 5-foot-7 first basemen has a 3.5 GPA and has made the dean’s list two of her three previous semesters at Felician and “expects to do it again” this semester.
Clark will spend this summer with her twin sister, Kayla, scratching off items on their “bucket list” like going to a Taylor Swift concert, taking in Giants games and spending time at Folsom Lake.
“I miss (Kayla) to pieces,” Clark said.
Looking toward her first year in 2014 as an upperclassman at Felician, Clark said she is eager and willing to take on a leadership role for the upstart program under third-year head coach Kwiatkowski.
“I’m really excited to be an upperclassman,” Clark said. “It feels like yesterday that I came here to check out the campus. I’m really excited to come back.”
Kwiatkowski said having Clark on the team has made it a “quick transition” for Felician to become a playoff-contending team in her short time on campus.
Having the Big Apple a short drive away has been a perk for Clark, who has taken in Broadway shows, ran in Central Park with teammates and gone to the location of TLC’s “Cake Boss.”
She also said the experience has helped her mature on and off the diamond.
“I’ve grown up as a person,” Clark said. “Before I came here, it was hard to call up for a pizza.”