ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- Keelin Davis (Fy./Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville) fanned 15 batters, the highest strikeout total by a Knight in eight seasons, but the Carleton College softball team dropped a 5-4, eight-inning affair in game one its doubleheader versus the College of Saint Benedict. The nightcap also went to the Blazers, this time by a 10-1 score.
With the home stadiums at both St. Ben’s and Carleton unavailable due to wet field conditions, the contests were shifted to the Rosemount Dome.
Davis quickly found her groove, fanning the final batter of the top of the first, then picking up three K’s in the second inning, part of a stretch where 8-of-10 outs came via the strikeout.
Carleton drew first blood in the bottom of the first. Jenny Ramey (Jr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) singled, stole her MIAC-best 20th base of the season, and scored on Kelsey Parsons’s (Sr./Golden Valley, Minn./Hopkins) base hit.
While the Knights played small ball early, the Blazers played long ball in the middle innings. Lexi Alm got St. Ben’s on the board with a solo homer in the fourth, and Emily Engelmeier added another in the sixth, the latter giving the Blazers a 4-1 advantage.
In the bottom of the sixth, Carleton put together a two-out rally capped by a RBI double by Davis and a game-tying two-run single from Kaitlin Bagley (Jr./Duluth Minn./Denfield).
Davis fanned a pair in both the third and fourth innings, then tallied a lone strikeout in the fifth. She returned to form by K’ing two more in the sixth, seventh, and eighth frames. Her 15 strikeouts are the most by a Carleton player since Caitlyn Cornell recorded the same number against Concordia on April 2, 2005.
Alm broke the deadlock with her second home run of the game, and the Knights were unable to cash in the tying run, falling by a 5-4 score.
Davis walked only two and gave up nine hits as she pitched all 8.0 innings, the longest outing by a Carleton pitcher since May 2, 2007.
Game two played out in a similar fashion, albeit without the impressive strikeout total.
Ramey started the first with a single, stole a base, and scored after Katrina Harper’s (Jr./Columbia Heights, Minn./Columbia Heights) single. The Blazers used back-to-back home runs in the second to take the lead and pulled away. This time there was no late comeback for the Knights.
The Knights are scheduled to play next at Saint Mary’s University on Saturday, April 13.