CLERMONT, Fla. – The Carleton College softball team opened its 2013 season with the first two of 14 scheduled spring break contests. The Knights had opportunities in both games but ended up on the short end twice, falling 4-2 to Babson College (Mass.) and 4-1 to the University of Dubuque (Iowa).
While Carleton out-hit the opposition in both games, clutch hits were hard to locate. “We really did play two solid games,” said Carleton head coach Amy Erickson. “We just didn't convert our opportunities when we had runners in scoring position.”
In the season lid-lifter, Carleton had runners aboard in each of the first six innings but went just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position, leaving a dozen runners on base.
Kelsey Parsons (Sr./Golden Valley, Minn./Hopkins) brought home the first Carleton run with a sacrifice bunt in the fourth inning. She tallied the other run in the sixth with a two-out walk followed by consecutive singles by Micaela LaRose (So./Waconia, Minn./Holy Family) and Chelsea Yost (Sr./Bemidji, Minn./Bemidji).
LaRose absorbed the loss, permitting three runs (two earned) on only four hits over 5.1 innings.
The day’s second game vs. Dubuque played out in similar fashion. Carleton once again had runners in scoring position in each of the first six frames, and the Knights struggled to pick up the clutch hits, going only 2-for-10 with runners in those situations.
Claire Willeck (So./ Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) doubled to open the sixth and scored on a single by Keelin Davis (Fy./Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville). That proved to be the Knights’ lone tally of the contest.
Davis went the distance and took the loss despite striking out six over her 6.0 innings of work. She was solved for four runs (three earned) on eight hits.
Carleton will take the field for two night games on Wednesday, March 20. The Knights battle Trinity Christian College (Ill.) at 5 p.m. local time followed by a meeting with Gallaudet University (D.C.).