NORTHFIELD, Minn. – For Senior Day and the final regular-season home games of the campaign, the Carleton College softball team hosted rival St. Olaf College for what was a closely contested doubleheader. The Knights earned a split with a 4-3 win in the opener behind Keelin Davis’ (Fy./Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville) eight strikeout effort before dropping the nightcap, 8-2.
Saturday marked the final home games for seniors Kelsey Parsons (Golden Valley, Minn./Hopkins) and Chelsea Yost (Bemidji, Minn./Bemidji). Parsons had a RBI and scored a run as the Knights (11-16, 6-8 MIAC) pushed across four runs in the first inning of game one.
That would be all the offense Carleton would muster, but Davis made it stand up. She carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning before the Oles (8-4, 3-7 MIAC) used four hits to plate three runs. The score remained 4-3 heading into the seventh, and St. Olaf had the tying and go-ahead runners in scoring position with two outs, but Davis fanned Becca Waltz to end the contest and snap the Knights’ six-game slide.
The first six innings of the second game of the day proved to be a bit of a pitchers’ duel as well. Micaela LaRose (So./Waconia, Minn./Holy Family) of Carleton and Danielle Collins of St. Olaf each allowed only two runs over the first six frames.
Trailing 2-0 in the third, great hustle by Davis netted the Knights the tying tallies. With the bases loaded and two out, she beat the St. Olaf defender to the bag on a force out attempt, permitting Jenny Ramey (Jr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) and Parsons to score on a ball that failed to get out of the infield.
St. Olaf broke things open in the seventh, scoring six times. Carleton couldn’t respond in the bottom half of the inning and thus ended the doubleheader, each team winning once.
The Knights travel to Arden Hills on Sunday, April 28 to play Bethel University at 2 p.m.