The Carlow softball team dropped a double header at (RV) University of Rio Grande (Ohio) on Friday, April 20.
The RedStorm, at 30-11 overall and a River States Conference-leading 14-2 league mark, earned a 12-2 victory in five innings in Game 1. The Celtics (13-12/5-7/5-1) fought back in Game 2, but were edged, 1-0.
In the first game, the Celtics took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. However, Rio Grande scored four runs in the second and ended the game with an eight-run fifth inning.
Kelsey Conkey earned the win in the circle for Rio Grande. She threw five innings and allowed Carlow two earned runs on four hits, with three strikeouts.
Alysa Fairman (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) took the loss for Carlow, throwing 3.2 innings and allowing four runs, with three earned, on six hits. Nicole Hall (SR/Jeannette, Pa.) and Annamarie Osiecki (FR/Erie, Pa.) came on in relief.
Abby Tatgenhorst (SO/Byesville, Ohio) led the Celtics went 1-for-2 at the plate, with two RBIs.
For the RedStorm, Michaela Criner went 3-for-4 with five RBIs, a triple, and a home run, and Conkey went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run.
In the second game, the RedStorm managed the only run with two outs in the fourth inning when Mallory Powell singled and Mary Pica hit an RBI-double.
Abby Stroud (SO/New Egypt, N.J.) gave a strong performance in the circle for Carlow but was stuck with the loss. She allowed one earned run on four hits, with no walks and four strikeouts.
Powell tossed a complete-game two-hit shutout, with two walks and one strikeout, to pick up the win for Rio Grande.
The Celtics next play in a big RSC and USCAA matchup Saturday, at West Virginia University Institute of Technology.