CLERMONT, Fla. — The Carleton College softball team picked up its first Spring Break victory, a 1-0 triumph over MIT, before falling 11-0 (5 innings) to Union College (N.Y.). Pitcher Keelin Davis (So./Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville) received a single tally of run support in the first game, but she made it stand up thanks to a season-best 12 strikeouts.
Davis is sporting a 1.77 ERA during the visit to Florida but has received little run support on the trip. She kept the Engineers in check long enough for Carleton to put together a two-out rally in the fifth and earned the 1-0 win.
Davis limited MIT to a 2-for-15 performance (.133) with runners on base thanks to several key strikeouts. After the Engineers got runners to second and third with two down in the third inning, Davis fanned Karly McLaughlin to end the inning. A one-out double the next inning was followed by a pair of Davis’ strikeouts. With the go-ahead run aboard in the fifth, the Carleton ace fanned the No. 3 and No. 4 hitters in the MIT order.
The Knights finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth. Holly Buttrey (Sr./East Thetford, Vt./Thetford Academy) coaxed a one-out walk. Later in the frame, Jenny Ramey (Sr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) and Katrina Harper (Sr./Columbia Heights, Minn./Columbia Heights) singled with two outs to load the bases. Micaela LaRose (Jr./Waconia, Minn./Holy Family) then delivered the game-winning RBI as she was hit by a pitch, forcing home a run.
Davis surrendered a leadoff double to McLaughlin in the sixth, but quickly erased that baserunner. Davis fielded a comebacker and fired to Ramey at second, catching the McLaughlin wandering too far from the bag. Davis retired the final five MIT batters, punctuating the complete-game victory with her 12th strikeout. Davis is second among MIAC hurlers this season with 46 K’s.
Game two wasn’t nearly as tense—or enjoyable—for the Knights as Union College pushed across two runs in the first and seven more in the second inning en route to the 11-0 win.
The Knights take a well-deserved break on Monday before returning to the diamond for games against University of Chicago and Lawrence University on Tuesday, March 25.