NORTHFIELD, Minn. – After taking it on the chin in game one, the Carleton College softball team bounced back with a 5-1 victory in the nightcap of Saturday’s double-dip with Saint Mary’s University. In game two, Micaela LaRose (Fy./Waconia, Minn./Holy Family) and Katrina Harper (So./Columbia Heights, Minn./Columbia Heights) both had two-run doubles in support of rookie Claire Willeck (Eden Prarie, Minn./Eden Prarie), who went the distance to record the victory.
This was Carleton's fourth consecutive doubleheader split, all against conference opponents.
Saint Mary’s (13-11, 7-5 MIAC) jumped out to a 9-0 lead only three innings into the opener. Carleton (6-21, 4-8 MIAC) was limited to only two singles by a pair of Cardinal pitchers.
The Knights fortunes changed from the beginning of game two. Willeck faced the minimum during the top of the first, and in the bottom of the frame, LaRose staked the Knights to a two-run lead with a double to centerfield.
Thanks to a spectacular play by shortstop Jenny Ramey (So./Cottage Grove, Minn./New Life Academy), Willeck worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the second. In the home half of the inning, Harper delivered her clutch hit to make the score 4-0 in favor of the Knights.
During Carleton’s next turn at bat, Willeck walked and later scored on a Brooke McManigal (So./Bothell, Wash./Singapore American School) single.
The Cardinals avoided the shutout with a run in the fourth, but Willeck kept Saint Mary’s in check the rest of the way as she turned in the best outing of her rookie season.
Carleton travels to No. 22 University of St. Thomas on Tuesday, April 17.