ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Carleton College softball team came up with a number of clutch hits in earning a doubleheader split at St. Catherine University. The Knights dropped the opener 8-7 but bounced back to post a 10-7 triumph in the nightcap. Kaitlin Bagley’s (So./Duluth, Minn./Denfeld) third career home run was one of many hits in big spots for Carleton in game two.
St. Kate’s (10-12, 3-5 MIAC) built a 6-0 lead in the opener as the Carleton offense sputtered. Finally in the sixth inning, the Knights (3-18, 2-4 MIAC) broke through, and when the runs came they did so in a tidal wave.
Brooke McManigal (So./Bothell, Wash./Singapore American School) drew a bases-loaded walk to get the visitors on the scoreboard. Lindsay Szper (Fy./Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Chadwick School) was hit by a pitch to force home another. Maddie Ulanow (Fy./Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) followed with a two-run double, and Jenny Ramey’s (So./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) triple plated two more. Kelsey Parsons’ (Jr./Golden Valley, Minn./Hopkins) single brought home the final run of the frame. In the matter of minutes the six-run deficit was replaced by a one-run advantage.
The momentum wouldn’t last long, however, as St. Catherine tied the contest with two out in the bottom of the inning, then got another key two-out hit in the seventh for the walkoff victory.
Carleton wasted little time grabbing the lead in game two, plating a trio of runs in the first inning. Ramey led off with a double and—following a walk to Parsons—came around on Chelsea Yost’s (Jr./Bemidji, Minn./Bemidji) single to left. Parsons would later score on Micaela LaRose’s (Fy./Waconia, Minn./Holy Family) bunt single, and Szper contributed a RBI groundout.
In the second, Parsons and Yost plated runs in front of Bagley’s two-run homer. The Wildcats got those four runs back in the bottom of the stanza against LaRose and completed the comeback from a seven-run deficit with a run off Bagley in the fifth and two more against Jenny Forster (So./Ledyard, Conn./Ledyard) in the sixth.
The Knights dug deep, and the bottom portion of the lineup delivered in the final frame as Carleton scored three times. Katrina Harper (So./Columbia Heights, Minn./Columbia Heights) drew a bases-loaded walk to force home the go-ahead tally. McManigal added a sacrifice fly, and Claire Willeck (Fy./Eden Prarie, Minn./Eden Prarie) delivered a pinch-hit single that brought home the final insurance run.
Forster worked a perfect seventh for her first victory of the campaign. Ramey reached base in her final five plate appearances, and Yost had four hits on the day.
Carleton will debut its new softball facility—Knights Field—tomorrow when the squad hosts Augsburg College (10-14, 3-3 MIAC) for the home opener. First pitch is slated for 2:30 p.m.