ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Carleton College softball team came up a run shy in both ends of the MIAC opening doubleheader, falling by scores of 1-0 and 6-5 to host Hamline University.
Carleton (7-7, 0-2 MIAC) starting pitcher Sam Kile (So./Elk Grove, Calif./Consumnes Oaks) carried a shutout into the bottom of the seventh inning before the Pipers (7-7, 2-0 MIAC) scratched out the winning run. Kile collected seven strikeouts without issuing a walk and had kept the game scoreless heading into the final frame by working around a one-out double in the fifth and a leadoff triple in the sixth inning.
Game two featured a back-and-forth affair as the lead exchanged hands three times before Hamline carried a 6-4 advantage into the final frame. Molly Steinberg’s (Jr./Santa Monica, Calif./Harvard Westlake) brought Carleton within a run with a RBI single to centerfield, but the Knights left the tying and go-ahead runners aboard when the final out was recorded.
Steinberg, Corrie Lucchesi (Jr./Chicago, Ill./Lane Tech), and Emily Boxrud (So./Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing) had two hits apiece in the contest, a game that was kept close by the Carleton defense. Knight outfielders threw out Hamline baserunners at the plate to end the second and fifth innings
The Knights’ road trip continues with a visit to Concordia College on Sunday, April 2 at 1 p.m.