The Carlow University softball team split a pair of extra inning River States Conference games at Cincinnati Christian on Tuesday, April 10.
The Celtics (12-7/4-2/5-1) fell, 3-2, in nine innings in the first game. They rebounded in the second game to win, 12-8, in eight innings.
Abby Stroud (SO/New Egypt, N.J.) earned Carlow’s pitching win. Samantha Wampler (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) led the Celtics’ offense, going 5-for-7, with one RBI, two runs scored and two walks on the day.
In Game 1, Carlow plated the first run on two outs in the top of the fourth inning. Tristan Voss (FR/Enon Valley, Pa.) hit an RBI-single to score Stroud.
But the Eagles quickly scored their own run on two outs in the bottom of the inning. Emma Kawaiaea singled and Faith Harris followed with an a RBI-double.
Neither team was able to break the tie until the top of the ninth inning, when Kasey Wolford (FR/Lower Burrell, Pa.) led off with a home run to left field to put the Celtics back on top, 2-1.
Carlow earned two outs in the bottom of the inning, with Kawaiaea on first base. Harris hit another double to score her for the tying run. Isabella Manuel reached first on a Carlow error, and Harris scored the winning run on the throw.
Stroud went the distance for the Celtics in the circle, taking her first loss since the first game of the season. She allowed seven hits and two walks, with two strikeouts, in 8.2 innings.
Jessica Tinsley pitched the first eight innings for CCU, allowing both runs on nine hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. After Wolford’s home run, Brooke Wesley came in to relieve Tinsley. She completed the final inning and earned the win, allowing no hits, with one walk.
Wampler and Adrianna Gottheld (FR/Charleroi, Pa.) each went 2-for-4 in the game.
In the second game, Kelsey Warman hit a solo home run in the third inning to give CCU the lead. Carlow added one in the top of the fourth inning, when a single by Keyara Morgan (FR/Imler, Pa.) scored pinch runner Elaina Tkaczenko (FR/Sewickley, Pa.). Another solo home run put the Eagles back on top in the bottom of the fourth, this one by Kayla Bryant.
Carlow tallied four runs on four hits, a sacrifice fly by Stroud, and a passed ball in the fifth inning. But CCU answered with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the frame to trail just 5-4.
The Celtics extended their lead to 8-4 in the sixth, plating three runs on two hits, a wild pitch, a walk and a fielder’s choice. But the Eagles rallied in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings again. Alexis Campbell came in to pinch hit and led off the inning with a home run. CCU used four more hits and a Carlow error to tie the game a 8.
The Celtics broke away in the top of the eighth inning with four runs on three hits and two CCU errors. Stroud hit a two-RBI single scoring Abby Tatgenhorst (SO/Byesville, Ohio) and Wampler. Olivia Hutton (SO/Pittsburgh, Pa.) reached base on an error and eventually stole home, and Wolford later scored on a passed ball after drawing a walk.
Stroud, who had returned to pitch with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and the Carlow defense held CCU to one hit and no runs in the bottom of the inning. Stroud earned the win, moving her season record to 8-2. She allowed one unearned run on three hits and one walk, with one strikeout, in 1.1 innings.
Alysa Fairman (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) pitched the first five innings for Carlow. She allowed four runs on 10 hits, with one walk. Nicole Hall (SR/Jeannette, Pa.) pitched the next 1.2 innings, allowing three runs, with two earned, on four hits.
Five Eagles pitched in Game 2. Tiffany Price took the loss with 1.2 innings of work, allowing four runs, with two earned, on two hits, one walk and one strikeout.
Wampler went 3-for-3 in the game, with one RBI, two runs scored, and two walks. Tatgenhorst went 2-for-4, with three runs scored and one walk. Stroud went 1-for-3 and had four RBIs.
The Celtics return home this weekend when they host Midway on Friday and Asbury on Saturday.