MANKATO, Minn. – After a week in Arizona, the Carleton College softball team returned to Minnesota hoping the change in scenery would offer a change in the team’s fortunes. However the Knights’ slide continued with a 5-4 loss in a back-and-forth tussle at Bethany Lutheran College. Game two of the doubleheader was canceled due to weather. Chelsea Yost (Jr./Bemidji, Minn./Bemidji) was 3-for-3 at the plate.
Jenny Ramey (So./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) was hit by a pitch to open the contest, stole second and ended up racing home on a broken play, giving Carleton (1-14) a short-lived lead.
The Vikings (3-6) scored twice in the bottom of the inning, then added another tally in the second butKaitlin Bagley (So./Duluth, Minn./Denfeld) kept Carleton close, escaping a bases-loaded jam.
The Knights tied things up by manufacturing two runs in the third. Maddie Ulanow (Fy./Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) and Ramey walked to open the inning and later came home on a RBI groundout by Kelsey Parsons (Jr./Golden Valley, Minn./Hopkins) and run-scoring single from Yost.
Bethany Lutheran inched back in front with another run in the bottom of the fourth, but Carleton knotted things back up as Parsons walked, advanced on a pair of wild pitches, and trotted home on Yost’s sacrifice fly.
The score remained deadlocked until the bottom of the sixth when the Vikings No. 9 hitter, Jessie Jurries, delivered a run-scoring single down the left-field line.
The Knights threatened in the seventh as Yost and Bagley led off with consecutive singles, but Carleton couldn’t get the necessary clutch hit to end the slide.
Bagley (0-3) fanned five as she surrendered five runs—three earned—in a complete-game effort.
“It was simply a case that we missed opportunities,” said Carleton head coach Amy Erickson. “We had lots of runners on base, but they got more hits in more clutch situations than we did.”
For the game Carleton stranded nine runners, six of them in scoring position. In each of the three innings that the Knights did not score, they got the first two runners aboard but went a combined 0-for-9 after that.
Carleton opens MIAC play on Wednesday, March 28 at Macalester College. That doubleheader begins at 4:30 p.m.