CLERMONT, Fla. – Jenny Ramey (Jr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) swung a hot bat and Micaela LaRose (So./Waconia, Minn./Holy Family) shined on the mound as the Carleton College softball team snapped a brief 3-game slide with an 11-1, five-inning victory over Oneonta State. The Knights got another stellar pitching performance in the evening’s second game, but five defensive miscues led to Keelin Davis (Fy./Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville) absorbing the loss despite an 8-strikeout effort.
In the opener, the Knights scored in four of their five innings at bat. Ramey went 3-for-3, scored twice and drove home two runs. After igniting a two-run opening frame, she smacked a solo shot—her seventh career home run—in the second. She walked during Carleton’s three-run fourth inning and contributed a RBI single in a five-run fifth stanza.
Juniors Katrina Harper (Columbia Heights, Minn./Columbia Heights) and Holly Buttrey (East Thetford, Vt./Thetford Academy) also had multi-hit games.
LaRose yielded an unearned run on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts as she lifted her record to 3-3 for the year.
Against Whitworth (16-11), Davis was charged with all four runs, though just one was earned. She collected a season-best 8 K’s while allowing five hits and two walks. She was able to pitch out of jams, stranding five runners in scoring position.
The bats that were booming in game one were held in check by the Pirates’ Taylor Gilbert. She allowed only one hit over the first five innings before Carleton scratched out two runs in the sixth, including a RBI double by Davis.
The Knights wrap up their visit to the Sunshine State with two more games on Wednesday, March 27, as they will face Buena Vista University and Eastern Connecticut State University.