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Result: L 3-4 (8 inn.) / L 3-11 (5 inn.)

Softball at University of St. Thomas

Thursday, April 20th, 2017 – 3:30 p.m./5:30 p.m. at St. Paul, Minn. - UST South Field

Knights rally but still suffer sweep at St. Thomas

Corrie Lucchesi
Corrie Lucchesi
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Despite a late Knights’ rally that forced game one into extra innings, the Carleton College softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader at the University of St. Thomas, falling short by scores of 4-3 (8 inn.) and 11-3 (5 inn.).

The Knights (12-14, 5-9 MIAC) trailed 3-1 heading into the top of the seventh of game one. With two out and the bases empty, Carleton rallied to tie the game. Ari Zuaro (Jr./Scotch Plain, N.J./Scotch Plains-Fanwood) singled up the middle and scored from first base on Anna Lauko (So./Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay) extra-base hit to the right-centerfield gap. Corrie Lucchesi (Jr./Chicago, Ill./Lane Tech) chased home Lauko with a RBI single that tied the game at 3-3.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Tommies (27-7, 12-4 MIAC) took advantage of a leadoff error to score an unearned, two-out run for the walk-off victory.

Carleton out-hit St. Thomas, 12-8, in the opener. Lucchesi led the way with a 3-for-3 performance, while Lauko, Katie Eppard (Jr./Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley), and pitcher Sam Kile (So./Elk Grove, Calif./Consumnes Oaks) had two hits apiece.

Kile went the distance, yielding only two earned runs against a St. Thomas team that is receiving votes in the national top-25 poll.

Using the momentum of the victory in game one, the Tommies utilized three Carleton fielding errors to push across seven early runs and quickly seized control off the nightcap. Lucchesi and Molly Steinberg (Jr./Santa Monica, Calif./Harvard Westlake) had two-hits apiece to lead the Knights. Lauko tripled and scored twice, while Natalie Maurice (Fy./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) contributed 2 RBIs.

UP NEXT FOR THE KNIGHTS: Carleton makes the short trek to St. Olaf College for 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, April 22. The Knights then return home to host Bethel University the next day.