MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Carleton College softball team started fast in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader at Concordia College, but each time the Knights cooled off and they absorbed setbacks of 7-1 and 7-4.
In the opener, Jenny Ramey (So./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) began the game with a double to left and scored on Chelsea Yost’s (Jr./Bemidji, Minn./Bemidji) single. Unfortunately that would be the end of the scoring for the visitors in this one.
Concordia (5-2, 3-1 MIAC) scored in similar fashion in the bottom of the inning and would push across at least one run in five of its six turns at bat. Paige Beseman sealed the victory with a two-run homer in the fifth.
Game two saw Carleton starting pitcher Micaela LaRose (Fy./Waconia, Minn./Holy Family) strike out the side in the bottom of the first followed by a three-run second inning for the Knights. Maddie Ulanow (Fy./Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) doubled home one run and Brooke McManigal (So./Bothell, Wash./Singapore American School) bunted home another. Kelsey Parsons (Jr./Golden Valley, Minn./Hopkins) later added a run-scoring single of her own.
The lead grew to 4-0 in the third inning as LaRose double for the second time in the contest, plating Kaitlin Bagley (So./Duluth, Minn./Denfeld). However, for the second consecutive frame the Knights grounded into a double play with the second out coming at home plate, situations that shifted the momentum back over to Concordia.
The Cobbers scored twice in the third then took the lead for good when Beseman smacked a grand slam with one out in the fifth.
Carleton will re-group before playing at St. Catherine University on Thursday, April 5 at 3:30 p.m.