NORTHFIELD, Minn. — After dropping the first game, 4-2, the Carleton College softball team came back to earn a Senior Day split with visiting Bethel University. Appropriately, it was senior Kaitlin Bagley (Duluth, Minn./Denfeld) who led the Knights to the 5-2 win as she went 3-for-3 and pitched 5.1 innings of two-run ball.
Saturday marked the final home games for the five members of the Carleton softball class of 2014: Bagley, Holly Buttrey (Sr./East Thetford, Vt./Thetford Academy), Jenny Forster (Sr./Ledyard, Conn./Ledyard), Katrina Harper (Sr./Columbia Heights, Minn./Columbia Heights), and Jenny Ramey (Sr./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy).
In the opener, the Knights (12-23, 10-10 MIAC) struggled to get the offense going against Lindsay Edeen, managing only one hit over the first six innings against the reigning conference pitcher-of-the-week. Down 4-0 entering the bottom of the seventh, the Knights connected for four hits. Madi Emenheiser (Fy./Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal) doubled home the first run, and Bagley followed with a RBI single. Carleton had the tying and go-ahead runs on base with one out but was unable to complete the rally.
In game two, it was Bagley’s turn to twirl a gem as the righthander yielded only two singles over the first five frames. Meanwhile the seniors were making sure their final home game would be a victory.
Harper singled with one out in the bottom of the first inning and trotted home on Bagley’s base knock. Carleton’s other four runs came during the fourth inning. Bagley opened the frame with a single and scored the first run. Ramey would single and tally the fourth run of the frame.
The Royals (21-14, 12-6 MIAC) finally solved Bagley for a pair of runs in the sixth, and Keelin Davis (So./Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville) was summoned from the pen to close out the victory with 1.2 scoreless frames.
Today’s split leaves Carleton sixth in the conference standings. The Knights travel to fourth-place College of Saint Benedict on Tuesday, April 29. Those games will be broadcast on KQCL Power 96 in the Northfield/Faribault area and worldwide on Knights Online.