The Carlow softball team split a pair of games Wednesday, March 7, at Space Coast Spring Training, in Titusville, Fla. The Celtics defeated Penn State University Hazleton, 5-0, in the first contest, and lost to Shawnee State (Ohio) University, 10-0, in five innings, in the second contest.
Carlow pitcher Abby Stroud (SO/New Egypt, N.J., pictured above) picked up her second win in as many straight outings. Tuesday afternoon, she held Rochester College to one earned run and four hits with one walk and three strike outs in an 8-2 victory. This time, she earned a shutout against PSU Hazleton (0-6) in another USCAA matchup. She allowed five hits and one walk while racking up nine strikeouts.
She also helped her own cause by putting the Celtics (3-5/0-0/2-2) in control right away. She hit a 2-run home run to center field in the top of the first inning, scoring Adrianna Gottheld (FR/Charleroi, Pa.), who led off the inning with a double. Gottheld finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate.
The Celtics scored their other three runs in the sixth inning on two outs. Tristan Voss (FR/Enon Valley, Pa.) started the rally with a single up the middle and Samantha Wampler (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Sofia Papageorge (JR/Beaver Falls, Pa.) drew walks to load the bases.
Abby Tatgenhorst (SO/Byesville, Ohio) hit a 2-RBI single that dropped into shallow center field and Danielle Levato (JR/Beaver Falls. Pa.) followed it up with a hard hit through the left side to score the final run.
In the second game, Shawnee State (7-2), out of the Mid-South Conference, earned 13 hits and six earned runs off three Celtics pitchers and the Carlow defense made six errors and allowed four unearned runs.
Nicole Hall (SR/Jeannette, Pa.) threw the first two innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits. Annamarie Osiecki (FR/Erie, Pa.) tossed the next 2.1 innings, allowing six runs (three earned) on six hits with two walks and a strikeout. Alysa Fairman (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) finished the last two outs of the mercy rule-shortened game and allowed one hit and one walk.
Bears pitcher Tatam Wise held the Celtics to four hits – one apiece for Stroud, Gottheld, Tatgenhorst, and Olivia Hutton (SO/Pittsburgh, Pa.).
The Celtics play their final Spring Training game at 8:30am Thursday, against St. Joseph.