The Carlow softball team dropped a River States Conference double header to Midway (Ky.) University, on Friday, April 13, at Fairhaven Park.
The Celtics (12-9/4-4/5-1) held a lead in both games, but the Eagles (16-13/9-3) rallied with a big 7th inning in the first game to win, 8-4, and a big 6th inning in the second game to win, 12-5.
In Game 1, Midway scored one run in each of the second, third and fourth innings for a 3-0 lead.
The Celtics took the lead in the bottom of the fourth, when three out of four straight batters — Abby Stroud (SO/New Egypt, N.J.), Tristan Voss (FR/Enon Valley, Pa.) and Samantha Wampler (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) — hit solo home runs. An RBI-single by Alysa Fairman (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) plated Elaina Tkaczenko (FR/Sewickley, Pa.) for the go-ahead run.
But the Eagles rallied to score five runs on three hits, a walk, a hit batter, and two errors in the top of the seventh inning, highlighted by a 3-RBI single by Lynsie Clark.
The Celtics could not answer in the bottom of the inning. They made four errors and left seven runners stranded in the contest.
Stroud led the Celtics at the plate in Game 1, going 3-for-4, with two doubles and a home run.
She also took the tough loss in the circle, going the distance and allowing nine hits, with one walk and five strikeouts. Only four of her eight runs allowed were earned.
Voss was 2-for-3 with a home run, and Fairman was 2-for-3.
Midway struck first again in Game 2, taking a 1-0 lead in the third inning and a 2-0 lead in the fifth.
Again, Carlow responded. The Celtics took a 5-2 lead on five hits in the bottom of the fifth.
But the Eagles scored 10 runs on seven hits and an error in the 6th inning. They hit two home runs in the inning - a grand slam by Katlynn Mogelberg-Kauffman and a 3-RBI bomb by Kelsey Gravens.
Annamarie Osiecki (FR/Erie, Pa.) gave a strong starting performance in the circle for Carlow, leaving the game when Midway had a 1-0 lead. She pitched four innings, allowing one run on two hits, with one walk and one strikeout.
Three different Celtics came on in relief, but the Eagles got to them all, tallying 11 runs (10 earned) on eight hits.
Kelsey Geyer (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) was the only Celtic to have more than one hit in Game 2. She went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Hannah Poynter picked up both wins for the Eagles. She pitched the final 3.1 shutout innings of Game 1, allowing three hits. She also came in for the final shutout 2.2 innings of Game 2, allowing three hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.
The Eagles were led offensively by Mogelberg-Kauffman, who hit three home runs, including a grand slam, on the day. She went 3-for-6, with six RBIs and three runs scored. Marissa Walker went 4-6 with a double. Gravens was 3-for-8 with four RBIs and Dee Lewis was 3-for-6.
The Celtics look to bounce back when they host Asbury at 10am Saturday, as they celebrate Senior Day.