NORTHFIELD, Minn. — The Carleton College softball team hosted the University of St. Thomas on Friday afternoon. After struggling to get the bats going in dropping the opener, 3-0, the Knights gave the nationally-ranked Tommies all they could handle in game two before ultimately falling, 8-6 in extra innings.
Keelin Davis (So./Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville) probably deserved a better fate as she absorbed a pair of tough losses. She went the distance in game one, limiting the high-scoring St. Thomas squad to just three runs on nine hits, eight of them singles. In game two, she came out of the bullpen to work 5.2 innings more, holding down St. Thomas long enough for Carleton to erase a five-run deficit before eventually falling in extra innings.
“Those were two really well played games,” said Carleton head coach Amy Erickson. “Keelin was outstanding again. We are really coming together and look to take this level of play into all our games next week.”
In game one, St. Thomas starting pitcher Kendra Bowe limited the Knights to only two hits, singles by Davis and Micaela LaRose (Jr./Waconia, Minn./Holy Family), while striking out six and walking one.
Game two saw Carleton score first, tallying a first-inning run without the benefit of a hit. Jenny Ramey (Sr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) walked, advanced on a wild pitch, stole third, and scored on Davis’ successful suicide squeeze.
The Tommies got that run back with a home run in the second and scored four more times in the third before Davis came out of the pen and extinguished the rally. St. Thomas would push across only one more run over the next four innings.
Meanwhile, Carleton sliced into the deficit with two runs in the fourth, thanks to Holly Buttrey’s (Sr./East Thetford, Vt./Thetford Academy) RBI grounder and Caroline Duke’s (Fy./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) run-scoring single to left field.
After the Knights loaded the bases with none out in the fifth, St. Thomas brought Bowe back into contest. LaRose smacked the first pitch to left field, plating Ramey and Katrina Harper (Sr./Columbia Heights, Minn./Columbia Heights), bringing the Knights within a run. Madi Emenheiser’s (Fy./Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal) two-out single capped the rally by scoring Davis from second.
Neither team scored in the sixth and seventh innings before St. Thomas pushed across two runs in the eighth.
Carleton will take a break for Easter weekend before closing the regular season with a hectic final week. The Knights host Concordia College for a doubleheader on Monday, April 21, then travel to College of Saint Benedict on April 23. On Friday, Bethany Lutheran visits for a non-conference twinbill followed by Senior Day on Saturday, April 26.