NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Chelsea Yost (Jr./Bemidji, Minn./Bemidji) became the answer to a series of trivia questions following her performance in the first game ever played at Knights Field, the new home of the Carleton College softball team. The Knights prevailed 2-1 in a thriller to open the day, but the festivities ended on a sour note after visiting Augsburg College posted an 8-1 victory in the nightcap.
Yost was not only the winning pitcher, but she collected Carleton’s first extra-base hit at the new ball yard and scored the winning run. She pitched 5.0 innings and yielded just the one run on two hits.
The Knights struck first as Jenny Ramey (So./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) opened the bottom of the first with a single—the stadium’s first hit—and advanced to second on a single by Yost. The pair then moved up with a successful double steal. Following a dropped third strike, Augsburg threw to first base to record the out, but Ramey raced home on the play for the first run in Knights Field history.
The Auggies (11-15, 4-4 MIAC) knotted the score in the fourth when Kylee Persing tripled and came home on a RBI groundout.
Carleton (4-19, 3-5 MIAC) immediately re-gained the lead in the bottom of the frame. Yost led off with a double to left field, advanced on Kaitlin Bagley’s (So./Duluth, Minn./Denfeld) sacrifice bunt, and trotted homeward after Micaela LaRose (Fy./Waconia, Minn./Holy Family) singled to right field.
Yost tossed a scoreless fifth, her longest outing of the season. LaRose took over in the circle to begin the sixth and quickly found herself in a jam after Augsburg positioned the tying run at third base with only one out. The rookie southpaw was unfazed and struck out the next two batters to finish the inning, then tossed a perfect seventh for her first collegiate save.
Unfortunately, the euphoria from winning game one quickly wore off as Augsburg scored four times in the opening frame of game two and never relinquished the lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Yost walked with two out and came all the way around on Bagley’s double to right, but that would be the last run of the afternoon for the home side. The Auggies tacked on four more runs in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.
Carleton will host College of Saint Benedict on Wednesday, April 11. That doubleheader begins at 3:30 p.m.