The Carlow softball team earned its first two wins of the 2018 season on Tuesday, March 6, at Space Coast Spring Training, in Titusville, Fla. The Celtics defeated Martin Luther College, 9-2, and Rochester College, 8-2.
Two Celtics pitchers earned their first wins in a Carlow uniform.
Alysa Fairman (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa., pictured above) picked up her first collegiate win in the circle in the first game against Martin Luther, an NCAA Division III squad out of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. The right-hander from Thomas Jefferson High School allowed two runs on six hits with two walks and five strike outs in her complete-game outing.
Right-hander Abby Stroud (SO/New Egypt, N.J.), a transfer from Saint Joseph University, earned the win in the second game against Rochester, a USCAA opponent from Michigan. She allowed one earned run on four hits with one walk and three strike outs across her complete game.
The Carlow offense gave its pitching staff plenty of breathing room in both contests. In the first game, the Celtics (2-4/0-0/1-2) earned 16 hits and nine RBIs. In the second game, they added 14 hits and six RBIs.
Samantha Wampler (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Sofia Papageorge (JR/Beaver Falls, Pa.) led the Celtics’ offense.
Wampler went 5-for-7 at the plate with two doubles, four RBIs and four runs scored.
Papageorge continued her hot hitting to start the season. She entered the day batting .400 with four RBIs, two doubles, and two runs scored in the first four contests. In Tuesday’s games, she was 5-for-8 with a double, five RBIs and a run scored.
In the first game, the Celtics scored two runs on two outs in the bottom of the first inning. The Knights tied it up in the top of the third, but Carlow answered with two more runs in the bottom of the inning.
Fairman was untouchable for the rest of the contest. The Celtics did the rest of their damage in the fourth inning, when they scored five runs on six hits to take a 9-2 lead.
Wampler finished the game 4-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored. Papageorge was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Abby Tatgenhorst (SO/Byesville, Ohio) was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Keyara Morgan (FR/Imler, Pa.) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Kelsey Geyer (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Lauren Gaona (FR/Ambridge, Pa.) was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.
In the second game, Rochester scored an unearned run on a throwing error in the top of the first inning. But that was the only time Carlow would trail on the day. The Celtics answered with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Rochester added its other run with two singles in the second inning. But Stroud got stronger as the game went on. She allowed just one more hit, in the third inning, and the Warriors did not reach scoring position again.
The Celtics added three more runs in the third inning and another in the fourth.
Stroud helped her own cause in the second game by going 2-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored. Tristan Voss (FR/Enon Valley, Pa.) was 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Papageorge was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Tatgenhorst was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
The Celtics play two more games Wednesday, taking on Penn State Hazleton at 9am and Shawnee State (Ohio) University at 11:30am.