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Knights drop pair to Bethel

April 25, 2019 at 10:11 pm
Anna Lauko
Anna Lauko
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Anna Lauko (Sr./Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay) collected six hits on the day, raising her season batting average to .447, but the Carleton College softball team dropped two games against Bethel University by scores of 9-6 and 13-7.

The Royals (23-9, 8-8 MIAC) entered the day batting .380 as a team—making Bethel the top-hitting squad in the MIAC—and continued that trend with 30 hits on the day. Meanwhile, the Knights (23-14, 9-11 MIAC) finished with 25 base knocks of their own, including five for Sam Kile (Elk Grove, Calif./Consumnes Oaks), one of four Carleton seniors playing the final home games of their collegiate careers.

Each team scored multiple runs in the first and second innings as Carleton eventually grabbed a 6-4 lead after three innings of play. The Royals responded with a two-run home run by Ally Fauth in the fourth, and she added a go ahead-two triple in the fifth. Fauth as a thorn in Carleton’s side all afternoon and finished the twinbill 8-for-10 with five runs scored and five RBI.

Lauko, Kile, and Trina Eichel (Fy./Alameda, Calif./Alameda) had multi-hit performances for the Knights.

A four-run top of the first gave Bethel an early lead that it would not relinquish.

The Knights pulled to within 6-4 with a three-run rally in the bottom of the third inning when consecutive singles by Kile, Lauko, and Eichel prefaced a two-run double by Natalie Maurice (Jr./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie).

After the Royals scored again in the fifth, senior Sarah Ogle (San Diego, Calif./Francis Parker School) brought the home team back within two runs with a RBI single in the bottom of the frame that made the score 7-5. The Knights would get no closer, however.

Lauko matched her career high by going 4-for-4, while Kile had another multi-hit game and raised her season batting average 30 points on the day.

Carleton closes the 2019 campaign with two games at Hamline University on Saturday, April 27. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m.