NORTHFIELD, Minn. — The Carleton College softball team snapped its losing streak with a pair of victories over cross-town rival St. Olaf College, topping the Oles, 1-0 and 9-2. Keelin Davis (So./Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville) twirled a gem in game one, while Jenny Ramey (Sr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy) became the team’s all-time home run leader in a big game with the bat during the nightcap.
In the opener, Davis did not get—nor need—much in the way of run support as she stymied St. Olaf, limiting the Oles to just two singles in a complete-game effort. Davis accumulated seven strikeouts and walked only one batter en route to her fifth win of the season. St. Olaf got runners into scoring position during the third and fourth innings, but both times Davis registered big strikeouts to keep the shutout intact. This was her second 1-0 victory of the campaign.
The lone Carleton run was unearned in the second inning. Claire Willeck (Jr./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) singled to centerfield and advanced to second on a walk drawn by Madi Emenheiser (Fy./Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal).
Pinch runner Emily Starr (So./Wayland, Mass./Wayland) raced home from second base on an outfield miscue, accounting for the game’s single tally.
Game two saw Carleton jump in front right away. Ramey drew a leadoff walk, stole second and third, then scampered home on Micaela LaRose’s (Jr./Waconia, Minn./Holy Family) sacrifice bunt.
The Knights scored again in the second when Ramey smacked a two-out, two-run double.
The Oles got their first run with three consecutive singles in the bottom of the third, but in the top of the fourth the Knights got that run back and more when Ramey delivered again. She belted a three-run home run, the 13th long ball of her career, moving Ramey into the top spot in program history, one ahead of Vickie Gunderson ’05. The Carleton shortstop finished with a career-best five RBI.
While that blast provided starting pitcher Kaitlin Bagley (Sr./Duluth, Minn./Denfeld) with enough run support, Carleton tacked on three more runs in the seventh for good measure.
Bagley matched Davis’ game one total with seven strikeouts, yielding the two runs on seven hits and three walks as she notched her second triumph of the campaign.
Carleton will look to carry the momentum from today’s victories over to a tough doubleheader on Friday, April 18 as the Knights host No. 19 St. Thomas at 3:30 p.m.