NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Playing outside for the first time since returning from its spring break trip to Florida, the Carleton College softball team picked up two more conference victories with a sweep of St. Catherine University on Sunday but scores of 5-2 and 9-4. Keelin Davis (Fy./Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville) and Micaela LaRose (So./Waconia, Minn./Holy Family) both had solid complete game outings on the mound for the Knights, picking up their third and fourth wins of the season, respectively.
“I was really pleased with our overall performance coming off more than a week since our last game,” said Carleton head coach Amy Erickson. “Solid pitching performances, sound defense, clutch hitting, and aggressive baserunning are all keys to success on the field. And we had all of those things today.”
Carleton (8-9, 3-1 MIAC) is only one victory away from matching last season’s wn total. The Knights got off to a hot start in game one, thanks to some well manufactured small ball followed by a big three-run double from Kaitlin Bagley (Jr./Duluth Minn./Denfield) in the first inning. Davis held off the Wildcat offensive from there, only allowing two unearned runs in the final inning.
Game two found the two teams struggling to hold on to the lead. Down 1-0 with two outs in the bottom of the second, Holly Buttrey (Jr./East Thetford, Vt./Thetford Academy) singled up the middle, driving in two runs. After two more St. Catherine runs in the third, the Knights tied it up again, 3-3.
It was not until the bottom of the sixth with the score tied 4-4 did Carleton take the lead for good. Jenny Ramey (Jr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) broke the tie with a clutch bases-loaded single, scoring one. Four batters later, Davis delivered a blast off the left-field wall, driving in two more. LaRose held on in the seventh to keep the game for the Knights, 9-4.
Everyone contributed to the Knights’ effort in game two as each member of the starting line reached base safely. “We look to keep building on these performances as we continue through MIAC play,” Erickson said.
Carleton is scheduled to host Macalester College on Monday, April 8 with first pitch slated for 3:30 p.m.