ST. PAUL, Minn. – Kaitlin Bagley (Jr./Duluth Minn./Denfield) had five hits on the day, and Keelin Davis (Fy./Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville) tossed another gem as the Carleton College softball team split its third straight doubleheader. Host Hamline University prevailed in game one, 5-3, but Davis’ recorded her first collegiate shutout, 2-0, in the nightcap.
Carleton drew first blood in the game one, using hits by Jenny Ramey (Jr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy), Kelsey Parsons (Sr./Golden Valley, Minn./Hopkins), and Bagley to tally a run in the opening frame. The Pipers (16-14, 12-8 MIAC) answered back with two runs in the bottom of the stanza and three more in the second.
The Knights (13-18, 8-10 MIAC) sliced the deficit in half following RBI singles by Claire Willeck (So./ Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) and Holly Buttrey (Jr./East Thetford, Vt./Thetford Academy) in the sixth, but Hamline pitcher Briana Vela shutdown Carleton the rest of the way.
In game two, the Knights had baserunners in every frame but managed to only push across single tallies in the first and second innings. But it was enough for Davis, who scattered five hits and two walks in improving to 6-8 on the season. Hamline loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but just as she did against St. Olaf on Saturday, Davis slammed the door with a game-ending strikeout. Her six victories this season is the most by a Carleton rookie since Mari Jo Long '09 won a half-dozen in 2006.
Parsons and Ramey both contributed four hits over the two games. Bagley has gone 10-for-14 over the last two days, raising her batting average nearly 70 points to .316.
The Knights’ win total is their highest since posting 14 wins in 2004. This is Carleton’s best showing in the MIAC since an 8-14 conference ledger in 2005.
Carleton closes the regular season with a 4:00 p.m. doubleheader at Saint Mary’s University on Wednesday, May 1. The Knights will then participate in the MIAC Playoffs. Pool play takes place on Friday, May 3 followed by the top four teams partaking in a double-elimination tournament on Saturday and Sunday.