ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Carleton College softball team finally got to open the MIAC portion of its schedule, and the Knights split a Sunday afternoon doubleheader at Macalester College, taking the opener by an 8-1 margin before dropping the nightcap by a 6-3 tally.
“While we definitely wanted two wins today, we are moving in the right direction,” said Carleton head coach Amy Erickson. “We got our offense going again and saw some solid pitching in both games. We’re looking to just build the momentum as the conference season continues.”
The Knights got contributions from up and down the line in game one, matching their season high with the eight runs. Caroline Duke (Fy./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) was one of five Carleton players with multi-hit games, pacing the Knights with a three hits including a two-run double during a four-run fifth inning to put the game out of reach.
After absorbing a couple of hard-luck losses during spring break, Keelin Davis (So./Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville) was more than happy to get all the run support. She went the distance for her third win of the year and yielded an unearned run on only three hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Macalester did all of its damage in game two during the second and third innings, scoring all three times in each frame.
Seniors Holly Buttrey (East Thetford, Vt./Thetford Academy) and Jenny Ramey (Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) combined for four hits and all three runs in the night cap.
Carleton has a make up doubleheader at Saint Mary’s University on Tuesday, April 8 followed by the Knights’ home opener on Wednesday, April 9 when the maize and blue host Gustavus Adophus College with a 3:30 p.m. first pitch.