The Carlow University softball team split a double header with River States Conference rival Point Park on Saturday, March 31, at Fairhaven Park.
The Celtics (11-6/3-1/5-1) won the first game, 2-1, and the Pioneers claimed the second game, 6-4.
The first game was a pitchers’ duel between Carlow sophomore Abby Stroud (SO/New Egypt, N.J.) and Point Park sophomore Tiffany Edwards.
The contest was scoreless until the fifth inning, when Alysa Fairman (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) hit a two-run home run, scoring Maria Lamonde (SO/Pittsburgh, Pa.), who was pinch running for Sofia Papageorge (JR/Beaver Falls, Pa.). Papageorge singled earlier in the inning.
The Pioneers threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning, but could only plate one run.
Stroud earned her seventh-straight win, moving her season record to 7-1. She allowed five hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.
Edwards took the tough loss, allowing four hits, with three walks and three strikeouts.
Abby Tatgenhorst (SO/Byesville, Ohio) earned Carlow’s only two other hits in the game, going 2-for-3.
In the second game, Carlow leapt to a 4-0 lead after three innings. The Celtics scored twice in the first frame, and added another run in each of the next two.
However, the Pioneers put together a 6-run fourth inning, and hung on from there.
Tatgenhorst led the Celtics again at the plate, going 2-for-4. Samantha Wampler (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Tristan Voss (FR/Enon Valley, Pa.) each went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Fairman pitched the first 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, with two walks and two strikeouts. Nicole Hall (SR/Jeannette, Pa.) came on in relief and took the loss. She threw the final 2.2 innings, allowing three runs on one hit, with three walks and one strikeout.
Ashley Iagnemma earned the win for Point Park. She threw four innings, allowing four runs on six hits, with three walks and six strikeouts. Katie Tarr got the save, striking out eight of the nine batters she faced in the final three innings.
The Celtics next play at Cincinnati Christian University on Tuesday, April 10.