ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – Micaela LaRose (So./Waconia, Minn./Holy Family) delivered a clutch three-run double and picked up the victory in relief to help the Carleton College softball team earn a split at Bethel University. The Knights out-hit the Royals in both games but dropped game one, 3-1, before bouncing back with a 6-5 triumph in the game two.
Bethel starting pitcher Karli Persson kept the Knights off-balance in the opener, limiting Carleton to a single run as she compensated for giving up seven hits by collecting 11 strikeouts. Keelin Davis (Fy./Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville) yielded only five hits—all singles—but the Royals maximized their scoring opportunities, scratching out single tallies in the second, third, and fourth frames.
Carleton pounded out 13 hits in game two, including two-out RBI singles by Holly Buttrey (Jr./East Thetford, Vt./Thetford Academy) and Nicole Magats (Fy./La Grange, Ill./Lyons Township) to give the Knights a 2-0 lead in the fourth.
Claire Willeck (So./ Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) got the starting nod for Carleton and retired 12 of the first 13 batters she faced. She was finally solved in the fifth, allowing two runs before LaRose took over in the center circle.
The score remained 2-2 until the seventh, when Jenny Ramey (Jr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) coaxed a leadoff walk and came around to score on consecutive singles by Kelsey Parsons (Sr./Golden Valley, Minn./Hopkins), Davis, and Kaitlin Bagley (Jr./Duluth Minn./Denfield). LaRose chased that trio home with her two-bagger to right centerfield.
Bethel mounted a two-out rally in the final frame. But with the tying run on base, LaRose induced a game-ending foulout to seal the 6-5 win.
Bagley finished a career-best 4-for-4 at the plate. LaRose picked up the victory with 2.1 innings of work out of the bullpen.
The busy week continues for the Knights, who travel to Hamline University on Monday, April 29. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.