The Carlow softball team kicked off its River States Conference season with a sweep of Ohio Christian on the road Friday, March 23.
The Celtics (10-5/2-0/5-2) won the first game, 6-2, and the second game, 8-3, never trailing in either contest.
Abby Stroud (SO/New Egypt, N.J.) pitched the complete-game win in Game 1, allowing four hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.
Carlow scored its first run in the first inning, added two in the third, one in the fifth, and two more in the seventh. The Trailblazers managed their two runs on three hits and an error in the sixth inning.
Abby Tatgenhorst (SO/Byesville, Ohio), who leads the RSC in batting average at a .571 clip, continued her hot hitting. She went 1-for-3, with a double, a walk, and four RBIs.
Kelsey Geyer (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and Adrianna Gottheld (FR/Charleroi, Pa.) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Samantha Wampler (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) added two RBIs.
Three Celtics pitchers saw action in Game 2, and Alysa Fairman (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) picked up the win with two starting innings of work. She allowed one run — a solo home run by Jenna Higgins in the second inning — on four hits and one strikeout.
Nicole Hall (SR/Jeannette, Pa.) pitched the next two shutout innings, giving up just two hits and two walks. Annamarie Osiecki (FR/Erie, Pa.) finished the last three innings. She allowed two runs on five hits and one walk, with three strikeouts.
Carlow took the lead in the top of the first inning again, this time scoring two runs. After Higgins’ home run, the Celtics maintained a 2-1 edge until the fifth inning when they scored two runs on two hits and one OCU error. They pulled away in the sixth inning, adding three more runs on two hits and another error.
Carlow added one more run in the top of the seventh, before the Trailblazers tried to rally in their last chance. They were able to able to plate two runs on three hits, but would get no closer.
The Carlow offense racked up 10 hits, led again by Tatgenhorst. She went 2-for-2, with a double, an RBI, a run scored, and three walks.
Stroud went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two walks. Fairman and Sofia Papageorge (JR/Beaver Falls, Pa.) each had a double and two RBIs, and Gottheld and Wampler added one RBI and one hit apiece.
The Celtics’ originally scheduled games against Cincinnati Christian and Cincinnati-Clermont on Saturday and Sunday were postponed due to weather. They next play at crosstown rival Point Park on Friday, March 30.