ST. PAUL, Minn. – Jenny Ramey (So./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) had a 4-hit game, Jocelyn Friedman (Jr./Mount Kisco, N.Y./Fox Lane) smashed her seventh career home run, and Micaela LaRose (Fy./Waconia, Minn./Holy Family) notched her first collegiate victory, yet the Carleton College softball team closed the day with a 5-2 victory and a 4-3 loss to Macalester College on the first day of conference play.
Once again things started well for the Knights (2-15, 1-1 MIAC), who got the day’s first two runners on base. After a double steal both raced home on a solid single by Chelsea Yost (Jr./Bemidji, Minn./Bemidji).
The score remained 2-0 until the seventh when Friedman provided an insurance run with her long ball.
Carleton starting pitcher Claire Willeck (Fy./Eden Prarie, Minn./Eden Prarie) had scattered seven hits—all singles—over the front six innings, but a pair of defensive miscues helped things unravel in the Scots’ (12-6, 1-1 MIAC) final turn at bat.
A leadoff walk was followed by a throwing error. After another walk, Willeck was lifted for a reliever, but a fielding error brought home Macalester’s first run. The Scots tied the score with a two-run single and finished the comeback with a game-sealing single up the middle.
Having had all the momentum evaporate, Carleton re-grouped between games. Ramey opened the nightcap with a leadoff double, then trotted home on a Friedman two-out single. After an unearned run in the second, the Knights extended the margin to 4-0 behind RBI base hits by Yost and Kaitlin Bagley (So./Duluth, Minn./Denfeld).
LaRose carried the shutout into the bottom of the fourth when an unearned run finally got the Scots on the scoreboard. Macalester plated a two-out tally in the fifth, but the Knights escaped further damage.
Kelsey Parsons (Jr./Golden Valley, Minn./Hopkins) plated the game’s final run in the top of the seventh, and this time Carleton closed out the 5-2 victory and snapped a 12-game slide. Jenny Forster (So./Ledyard, Conn./Ledyard) was credited with her second collegiate save.
The Knights make the long road trip to Moorhead, Minn. to face Concordia College (3-12, 1-1 MIAC) on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m.