ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – After dropping it’s the first game to Buena Vista University by a 4-0 score, the Carleton College softball earned a split in dramatic fashion, erasing a seven-run deficit en route to an 8-7 triumph. Jenny Ramey (So./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) had a team-best four hits on the day.
The Knights were limited to two hits in game one and absorbed a 4-0 setback. Chelsea Yost (Jr./Bemidji, Minn./Bemidji) took the loss, yielding just two earned runs over 4.1 innings. Buena Vista ace Chancey Wilcke went the distance for the Beavers.
Carleton fell behind early in game two and trailed 7-0 midway through the third inning. Jenny Forster (So./Ledyard, Conn./Ledyard) came in from the bullpen and threw 3.0 solid innings to keep the Beavers from pulling away.
The Knights finally scored their first run of the day in the bottom of the third as Jenny Ramey (So./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) tripled and came home on Katrina Harper’s (So./Columbia Heights, Minn./Columbia Heights) RBI single.
A frame later, Carleton got another run back as Yost connected for her second home run of the season, sending the ball over the left-field fence. The Knights missed another opportunity to make things even closer in the bottom of the sixth, leaving the bases loaded.
Carleton trailed by five runs heading into its final turn at bat but got to face a new pitcher as the Beavers summoned Lesa Turnquist from the pen.
Holly Buttrey (So./Thetford, Vt./Thetford Academy) opening the bottom of the seventh with her first career base hit, a single to right field. That base knock sparked a Knights offense that—up to this point—had been limited to only six hits on the day. Ramey followed with another single, her third hit of the game. Harper loaded the bases with another base hit, chasing Turnquist.
Wilcke, who’d gone the distance in a win over No. 14 St. Thomas on Friday and blacked Carleton in the opener, came in to try and close it out for Buena Vista. However, Kelsey Parsons (Jr./Golden Valley, Minn./Hopkins) made it four straight hits with a RBI single. Yost kept the hit parade going as everyone moved up 60 feet following another run-scoring hit.
Kaitlin Bagley (So./Duluth, Minn./Denfeld) moved the tying run into scoring position with her base hit. Maddie Ulanow (Fy./Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) recorded the Knights’ seventh consecutive single, chasing home Parsons and making it a 7-6 ball game.
Claire Willeck (Fy./Eden Prarie, Minn./Eden Prarie), who tossed a scoreless top of the seventh and would ultimately be credited with her first career victory, knotted things up with—you guessed it—another RBI single.
That brought Brooke McManigal (So./Bothell, Wash./Singapore American School) to the dish and she delivered…what else… a game-winning RBI single.
Carleton secured its first victory of the season with nine consecutive singles! The six-run inning was the Knights’ largest since pushing across a half-dozen runs against North Central College (Ill.) on March 21, 2011.
“A true team effort and a great confidence booster going into our finals break, before we resume in Tucson,” said Carleton head coach Amy Erickson. “It was just really fun to coach and to see the team fight back all the way to the end!”
The Knights open their Spring Break trip to Arizona with games against UW-La Crosse and Graceland University on Saturday, March 17.