The Carlow softball team was topped late in two USCAA games Sunday, March 4, on the second day of Space Coast Spring Training, in Titusville, Fla.
The Celtics fell, 17-15, in a back-and-forth two-and-a-half hour slugfest against Sinclair (Ohio) Community College in the morning. Carlow held a 14-13 lead going into the seventh inning. The Tartans scored four runs in the top of the frame, but Carlow was only able to add one in its final at-bat.
The afternoon game against Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College went to extra innings in a 2-2 tie and employed the international tie-breaker rule that dictates each team start all extra innings with a runner on second base. The Pomeroys scored four runs, their first since the third inning, in the top of the eighth inning and the Celtics were again unable to answer on their last chance.
Abby Stroud (SO/New Egypt, N.J.) and Sofia Papageorge (JR/Beaver Falls, Pa., pictured center above) each hit a grand slam for the Celtics in the first game. Papageorge also hit a double and finished the game 3-for-5 at the plate. Stroud was 2-for-4 with four runs scored.
Also for Carlow, Adrianna Gottheld (FR/Charleroi, Pa.) went 4-for-5 at the plate, with three runs scored. Kelsey Geyer (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) was 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Kasey Wolford (FR/Lower Burrell, Pa.) was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Keyara Morgan (FR/Imler, Pa.) went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.
However, three Celtics pitchers — Caitlyn Suter (SO/Monaca, Pa.), Nicole Hall (SR/Jeannette, Pa.), and Alysa Fairman (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) — combined to allow 19 hits and the Carlow defense made six errors. Fairman took the loss in the circle, pitching the final two innings.
In contrast, the second game was a defensive duel. The Pomeroys used two hits in the first inning to score their first run and two more hits in the third inning to add another for a 2-0 lead.
The Celtics scored two runs on two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game. Wolford singled and Papageorge doubled, setting the stage for Abby Tatgenhorst (SO/Byesville, Ohio) to line a shot up the middle to score them both.
But things unraveled for the Celtics in the top of the eighth inning, when the Pomeroys scored four runs on two hits and four Carlow errors. The Celtics loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the frame, but SMWC pitcher Christian Chambers retired the final three batters for the win.
Stroud pitched the complete game for the Celtics and took the loss.
The Celtics have the day off Monday and return to action Tuesday, March 6. They are slated to take on Martin Luther (Minn.) College at 1:30pm and Rochester (Mich.) College at 4pm.