ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Carleton College softball team opened the 2012 campaign at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Invitational. The Knights dropped a pair of games to the host Eagles, falling 7-4 in the season lid-lifter before absorbing a 9-0, six-inning setback in game two. Kaitlin Bagley (So./Duluth, Minn./Denfeld) had a team-best three hits on the day, including her second career home run.
The Knights and Eagles got the year off to an exciting start as Carleton scored in each of its first four trips to the plate, while the Eagles countered with tallies in their first three at bats.
Jenny Ramey (So./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) walked to open the year, stole second, advanced on a groundout and trotted home on Kelsey Parsons’ (Jr./Golden Valley, Minn./Hopkins) RBI single to center.
After UW-La Crosse tied it up in the bottom of the frame, Carleton pushed across a run without the benefit of a hit during the second inning. Molly Gallop (So./Minnetonka, Minn./Hopkins) was hit by a pitch and came around on a wild pitch, groundout, and an error. Once again, the Eagles knotted the score in the home half of the frame.
In the top of the third, Carleton took its third lead of the contest via Chelsea Yost’s (Jr./Bemidji, Minn./Bemidji) fourth career roundtripper. In the bottom of the stanza, Yost surrendered a two-run homer to Kallie Krech as UW-L moved in front for the first time.
Bagley belted a pinch-hit homer in the fourth to knot the score at 4-4. That’s where things remained until the Eagles scored three times off Jenny Forster (So./Ledyard, Conn./Ledyard) in the fifth to round out the scoring.
Game two got away from Carleton in the opening frame. Michaela LaRose (Fy./Waconia, Minn./Holy Family) was solved for five first-inning runs, and the Knights couldn’t recover. The offense struggled to get going as Carleton collected only five hits, two by Bagley.
LaRose settled in after her early struggles, yielding just one run over her final 4.0 innings of work.
“Overall, we did some things well today,” said Carleton head coach Amy Erickson, “and saw some areas where we still need to improve on.”
Carleton will host Buena Vista University for a pair of games on Saturday, March 3. Those contests will be played at the Rosemount (Minn.) Dome.