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All-Around Effort Extends Win Streak to Four

March 21, 2013 at 11:08 am

CLERMONT, Fla. – Combining timely hitting, solid defense, aggressive baserunning, and effective pitching, the Carleton College softball squad picked up two more victories on Thursday. The Knights topped D’Youville College, 5-3, and defeated Western New England University, 5-2. Jenny Ramey (Jr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) added four more hits on the day, raising her team-best average to .550 this season.

Keelin Davis (Fy./Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville) notched her first collegiate victory in game one. She tossed 5.0 innings and permitted three runs—two earned—with four strikeouts. She benefitted from some nice defensive plays, the biggest was turned in by Ramey to end a Spartan rally in the sixth. With a pair of runners aboard in a 5-3 contest, the Carleton shortstop ran down a soft liner in shallow left field and started an inning-ending double play.

Jenny Forster (Jr./Ledyard, Conn./Ledyard), who worked the final two innings of Wednesday’s combined no-hitter, notched her third career save with two strikeouts over 2.0 scoreless frames of 1-hit ball.

Ramey was 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Kelsey Parsons (Sr./Golden Valley, Minn./Hopkins) collected two RBI, while Micaela LaRose (So./Waconia, Minn./Holy Family) and Kaitlin Bagley (Jr./Columbia Heights, Minn./Columbia Heights) contributed RBI doubles.

LaRose went the distance for the victory in the day’s second contest, working out of pressure situations in every innings thanks to a career-high eight strikeouts. Western New England had runners in scoring position over each of the first six frames, but LaRose limited the damage to only two runs—one earned. She squelched rallies with inning-ending punchouts in the first, second and fifth frames.

Carleton opened the game with consecutive hits by Ramey, Parsons, and LaRose to ignite a three-run inning.

“Once again timely hitting was the name of the game for us,” said Carleton head coach Amy Erickson “That combined with some smart, aggressive baserunning made the difference.”

The current four-game win streak is the Knights’ longest since a six-gamer from April 3-6, 2011. Carleton will look to continue this successful run with games against Union College (N.Y.) and Kalamazoo College (Mich.) on Saturday, March 23.