ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Though the continued winter weather wiped out many of the games on the MIAC softball schedule last week, Carleton College was able to get on the field Sunday, and the result was a positive one for the Knights. Carleton swept MIAC foe St. Catherine in a home doubleheader, 5-2 and 9-4. Versatile first-year player Keelin Davis (Fy./Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville) was instrumental in both wins. She went the distance and didn't allow an earned run in the 5-2 game-one victory, and added some key hits in game two. For her performance, Davis was named the MIAC Softball Pitcher-of-the-Week.
In the game-one victory, Davis submitted a pitching performance beyond her years. The Knights' rookie allowed just two seventh-inning runs - both unearned - while earning a complete-game victory. She allowed just six hits and two walks while striking out two Wildcats to get the win. She was 3-for-4 at the plate in the second game with a key two-out, two-run double in the sixth. This season, Davis is 3-4 with a 4.23 ERA in 41.1 innings. She's allowed 47 hits and has struck out 30 against just 19 walks. She ranks in the top 15 in the MIAC in ERA, strikeouts and complete games.
Thanks to its Sunday sweep, Carleton is now just a game below .500 overall at 8-9, and the two wins helped the Knights improve to 3-1 thus far in conference play. Carleton is currently alone in fifth place in the MIAC standings behind only four unbeaten teams. The Knights start a busy week Monday with a MIAC doubleheader at Macalester at 5 p.m. Wednesday, they're scheduled to face Saint Benedict for another conference twin bill, and Carleton travels to Saint Mary's on Saturday and hosts Concordia on Sunday.