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Knights' Pitchers Pounded by Hamline

April 25, 2012 at 8:20 pm
Chelsea Yost
Chelsea Yost (far right) is greeted by her teammates at home plate following a solo home run in game one.
Photo: Russ Aguilar '13

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College softball team suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of visiting Hamline University, falling by scores of 10-4 and 11-9. Those outcomes ruined the Knights’ Senior Day celebration even though Carleton scored 13 runs for the second straight afternoon, tying the second-highest single-day total of the season. The biggest highlight for the home team came in the fourth inning of game one as Chelsea Yost (Jr./Bemidji, Minn./Bemidji) smacked her third home run of the season.

Prior to the contest, outfielder Dana Mackey (Sr./Hingham, Mass./Hingham) and student assistant coach Karen Robinson (Sr./Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge) were recognized during an on-field ceremony.

Hamline had been 0-24 when allowing four runs or more, but the Pipers notched a pair of triumphs as the Carleton pitching staff yielded a season-worst 21 runs on the day. The Knights struggled to get out of jams as the Pipers scored 15 of their runs with two out. The visitors accumulated 30 hits in the two games including 12 that went for extra bases. Bethany Hine was 7-for-10 with a triple, a double, five runs scored and five RBI to spearhead the Hamline attack.

The opener started well for Carleton (8-27, 5-13 MIAC) which grabbed the early lead as Jenny Ramey (So./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) opened the bottom of the first with a  single, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and waltzed home on Micaela LaRose’s (Fy./Waconia, Minn./Holy Family) through the left side.

The Pipers (8-26, 7-13 MIAC) tied the score in the third, but Yost put the hosts back in front to open the fourth. Her drive down the left-field line was her sixth career roundtripper, tying her for second-most in a Carleton uniform over the last 30 seasons. Later in the frame, Mackey’s bases-loaded hit made it 3-1 in favor of the Knights.

Hamline started to string together two-out hits in the fifth inning, and the clutch base knocks continued during the sixth and seventh. All told, the Pipers scored three times in each of those frames, with eight of the nine runs coming with two out.

The momentum carried over to game two as Hamline pushed across seven runs—the final four coming with two out—in the opening stanza including a three-run opposite-field homer by number nine hitter Allie Ruter. Carleton eventually trailed 10-1 heading into the bottom of the third inning but scored four times to slice the deficit in half. The first four batters in that inning reached base including a two-run single by LaRose.

It was 11-5 when Carleton scored three more times in the fifth. Brooke McManigal (So./Bothell, Wash./Singapore American School) contributed a two-run single, but the Knights left two more runners aboard missing a golden opportunity to further close the gap.

In the seventh, Jenny Ramey drew a bases-loaded walk to make it a two-run game, but Kelsey Parsons (Jr./Golden Valley, Minn./Hopkins) grounded out to end the contest.

Overall, Ramey went 4-for-6 with three walks and three runs scored. LaRose also had four hits to go along with four RBI. She is batting .525 (21-for-40) over the last 15 games to raising her team-best average to .426. Kaitlin Bagley (So./Duluth, Minn./Denfeld) collected a squad-best five hits in the games and drove in three runs.

Carleton makes the short trek to St. Olaf College on Saturday, April 28 for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against the Oles (16-22, 8-12 MIAC).