CLERMONT, Fla. — Sam Kile (So./Elk Grove, Calif./Consumnes Oaks) pitched one of the best games in Carleton College softball history, tossing a 1-hitter with 14 strikeouts in the Knights’ 4-0 triumph over Grinnell College. Kile toed the rubber again for game two and turned in another gem but came out on the wrong end of a 2-0 pitchers’ duel against Oberlin College.
Against Grinnell, Kile was dominant from the start. She struck out 9 of the first 10 batters and fanned two or more batters in five of the seven innings, and her 14 K’s fell one shy of the team record.
The Carleton (7-5) offense gave Kile some early run support, scoring three times in the opening stanza. The rally included a RBI single by Molly Steinberg (Jr./Santa Monica, Calif./Harvard Westlake) and the first career roundtripper for Katie Eppard (Jr./Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley), who clubbed a two-run blast well beyond the left-center field wall. The Knights added some insurance in the sixth when Kile and Mia Orans (Sr./San Francisco, Calif./Piedmont) smacked back-to-back doubles.
Kile’s perfect game was broken up when a fielding error allowed Grinnell’s leadoff batter to reach base to begin the seventh inning. Following a strikeout, the Pioneers logged their only base hit of the contest, a single to left field. Kile responded with another strikeout and induced a game-ending flyout, one of only three times Grinnell got the ball out of the infield.
She got the starting nod again for game two and turned in another quality outing, collecting nine more strikeouts against only one walk. After pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the first, Kile carried a shutout into the sixth inning. That is when the Yeowomen (4-10) finally snapped Kile’s personal 15.0-inning scoreless streak, utilizing three singles, a sacrifice, and a stolen base to scratch out both Oberlin runs. Carleton left runners in scoring position in the second, fifth, and seventh innings.
The Knights return home for the start of spring term and will visit Hamline University on Saturday, April 1 then head to Concordia College-Moorhead for a doubleheader the next day.