Stroud leads defense, Fairman powers offense as Carlow sweeps Brescia

Kristin Seamon -

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The Carlow softball team swept Brescia (Ky.) University in a River States Conference double header on Monday, April 23, at Fairhaven Park.

The Celtics (16-13/8-8/6-2) won the first game, 1-0, and the second game, 10-5.

Sofia Papageorge (JR/Beaver Falls, N.J.) hit the game-winning RBI-single in the bottom of the sixth inning of Game 1. Her hit to left field scored pinch runner Elaina Tkaczenko (FR/Sewickley, Pa.), aboard for Samantha Wampler (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.), who singled to lead off the inning.

It was all the Celtics needed to support Abby Stroud (SO/New Egypt, N.J.) (pictured above), who picked up her 11th win of the season. Stroud was dominant in the circle, retiring 13 straight Bearcats after allowing two hits in the first inning. She fired a three-hitter, with one walk and four strikeouts.

Alysa Fairman (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) went 2-for-2 in the contest.

Fairman pitched the first five innings of Game 2 and earned the win, allowing 10 hits, with three walks and one strikeout. Three of her five runs allowed were earned, as the Celtics made four errors in the contest.

She also helped her own cause with another strong game at the plate. Fairman went 2-for-5, with a triple, a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored.

Brescia took a 3-0 lead on two hits and two Carlow errors in the top of the second inning. However, the Celtics responded with a big bottom half of the inning.

Kasey Wolford (FR/Lower Burrell, Pa.) highlighted the frame with a two-RBI double off the top of the centerfield fence to tie the score at 3, and Fairman immediately followed with a two-RBI triple to right field.

By the end of the inning, the Celtics scored six runs on four hits and two Brescia errors. They led for the rest of the contest.

The Celtics added four insurance runs in the third inning. Brescia managed to plate one run in each of the fourth and fifth innings.

But Stroud returned to the circle in relief, throwing the final two innings and relinquishing just one hit.

Abby Tatgenhorst (SO/Byesville, Ohio) finished the second game 2-for-4 with an RBI and Stroud was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

The Celtics host next Indiana University Southeast in their final regular-season RSC games at noon on Saturday.

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