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Result: L 0-3 / L 7-8 (11 inn.)

Softball at Gustavus Adolphus College

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 – 1:00 p.m./3:00 p.m. at St. Peter, Minn.

Gusties sneak past Knights in season finale

Madi Emenheiser
Madi Emenheiser
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

ST. PETER, Minn. – The curtain closed on the 2017 season as the Carleton College softball team absorbed a pair of road losses to Gustavus Adolhus College, falling by scores of 3-0 and 8-7 (11 inn.) The games also meant the end of the playing careers for the two active seniors on the roster: Mia Orans (San Francisco, Calif./Piedmont) and Madi Emenheiser (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal).

Carleton finished the campaign 16-18 overall and 9-13 in conference action. The 16 triumphs represented the Knights’ highest victory total since winning 20 games in 2002, and the program has increased its year-to-year win totals five times over the last seven years.

“It was a tough day for our team,” said Carleton head coach Amy Erickson, “but I am so proud of this team and the heart and fire they have played with all season.”

In the opener, Gustavus rode the right arm of Heather Heacox to the 3-0 win as she posted her fifth career no-hitter. She struck out 11 and walked four over 7.0 innings.

The Knights trailed 6-0 after the opening frame of game two, but Erickson’s squad chipped away at the deficit. Carleton scored three times in both the third and fourth innings and added another tally in the fifth to knot the score up at 7-7. That is where the score remained until the bottom of the 11th inning when the Gusties plated an unearned tally to grab the walkoff win.

After a complete-game effort in game one, Carleton sophomore Sam Kile (Elk Grove, Calif./Consumnes Oaks) was summoned back to the circle as a reliever in the nightcap. She ended up tossing 10.1 innings out of the pen, the longest outing for a Carleton pitcher—as a starter or reliever—since at least 2001.

Despite absorbing a pair of tough-luck losses on Saturday, Kile (12-9) still turned in one of the top pitching seasons in program history. She ranks third in the MIAC this year with 139 strikeouts and sixth with a 2.16 ERA. Her strikeout total is tied for fifth in the team record book, and Kile registered the fourth-lowest single-season ERA in team history dating back at least three decades.

After being held hitless in game one, the Knights out-hit the Gusties 11-8 in game two. Katie Eppard (Jr./Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley) collected a game-high three base knocks, while Kile, Natalie Maurice (Fy./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie), and Molly Steinberg (Jr./Santa Monica, Calif./Harvard Westlake) also had multi-hit performances.

Maurice finished with a game-best three RBIs, including a two-run double in the fourth inning. That was her 17th two-bagger of the year, the most in recorded team history and second-most in the MIAC this year.

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