The Carlow softball team opened the River States Conference Tournament by knocking off Indiana University Southeast on Friday, May 4, at Jackson Memorial Park, in Vienna, W.Va.
The No. 7-seeded Celtics defeated No. 2 IUS, 6-2, to earn a bit of revenge and advance to the second round of the tournament. Carlow will face No. 3 Midway, at 6 p.m. today.
On April 28, the Celtics (19-15/9-10/8-2) closed their RSC regular-season schedule with a pair of home losses to IUS (24-14/14-4). The Grenadiers earned a 5-0 win in the first game, though only one of their runs was earned, and an 8-0 win in the second.
But the third matchup was nothing like the others. In the first two, the Carlow lineup came up with five total hits. This time, the Celtics tallied 13 hits, including two doubles, against two different IUS pitchers in one contest.
Abby Tatgenhorst (SO/Byesville, Ohio) (pictured above) had a huge game at the plate, going 3-for-4, with a 3-RBI double that put Carlow in the firmly in the lead of a tied ballgame.
Sofia Papageorge (JR/Beaver Falls, Pa.) also went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Kelsey Geyer (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Abby Stroud (SO/New Egypt, N.J.) earned the complete-game win in the circle, moving her season record to 13-6. She allowed two earned runs on nine hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.
The Carlow defense also backed her up — the Celtics did not make an error in the contest.
IUS took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, when Kyndyl Olds led off with a double, and was brought around by a Emily Weiss’s sacrifice bunt and scored by Sydney Seger’s sacrifice fly.
But Carlow evened the score in the top of the second, putting two runners on base with a single by Tatgenhorst and a double by Papageorge. Elaina Tkaczenko (FR/Sewickley, Pa.), pinch running for Tatgenhorst, scored from third on a passed ball.
The Celtics immediately loaded the bases in the third inning, with a leadoff walk by Adrianna Gottheld (FR/Charleroi, Pa.) and a pair of singles by Alysa Fairman (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Geyer. After the Grenadiers earned two outs, Tatgenhorst smashed her clutch 3-RBI double to give Carlow a 4-1 lead.
IUS managed to get one run back in the bottom of the frame on an RBI-single by Seger that scored Olds, who singled.
However, the Grenadiers would only put one more runner in scoring position against Stroud for the rest of the game.
The Celtics pushed across an insurance run in each of the fifth and sixth innings.
In the fifth, Samantha Wampler (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) reached on a fielder’s choice then advanced and scored on back-to-back hits by Tatgenhorst and Papageorge.
In the sixth, Tristan Voss (FR/Enon Valley, Pa.) hit an RBI-single to capitalize on a two-out rally after Fairman walked, Geyer singled, and Stroud was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Becca Schoenung took the loss in the circle for IUS. She threw five innings and allowed five runs, with four earned, on nine hits, with one walk and three strikeouts.
Emily Weiss came on in relief for the final two innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, with one walk and two strikeouts.
IUS plays again immediately, looking to avoid elimination against No. 6 Cincinnati Christian in the loser’s bracket.