The Carlow University softball team won in extra innings in the first round of the USCAA National Championship Tournament on Monday to punch its ticket to the quarterfinals.
The No. 2-ranked Celtics defeated No. 6 University of Maine at Presque Isle, 4-3, in nine innings at Firestone Stadium, in Akron, Ohio.
Carlow will take on No. 2 Cleary University at 2pm Tuesday. The Cougars defeated No. 7 Judson, 7-6, in their first-round contest Monday.
First baseman Molly Patsch (SR/Rochester, Pa.) hit a one-out walk-off RBI single to left field, scoring pinch hitter Ashley Hoak (FR/Elizabeth, Pa.) from third base.
Hoak reached base on an error and advanced to third with heads-up base running when the Owls made a play on Breezy Weaver (SR/York, Pa.).
Weaver started the ninth inning on second base thanks to the international tiebreaker, which went into effect when the game reached extra innings. At the end of the regulation seven innings, the score was knotted at 2. In the eighth inning, both teams scored the runner that started on second, bringing the game to a 3-3 tie.
In the top of the ninth, Patch, second baseman Marla Small (SR/West Mifflin, Pa.) and catcher Abby Tatgenhorst (FR/Byesville, Ohio) turned a double play on a bunt, throwing out the Owls’ international-tiebreaker runner at the plate and putting Carlow in position to go for the win.
Madison Miller (SO/North Huntingdon, Pa.) went the distance in the circle for the win. In nine innings, she allowed five hits, struck out six batters and walked none. All three of the Owls’ runs were unearned.
Allison Hryadil (SR/Kennedy Township, Pa.), who was named a USCAA Second Team All-American on Sunday evening at the tournament banquet, led the Celtics at the plate. Hryadil went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Kenzie Young (SR/Leechburg, Pa.) had a hit and an RBI, Small had a hit and scored a run and Kelsey Geyer (JR/East Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored a run.
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