The Carlow softball team wrapped up the 2018 season with a third-place finish in the USCAA Small College World Series, on Wednesday, May 16, at Heindl Field, in DuBois, Pa.
It was the fourth straight time the Celtics finished in the top three of the tournament. They were the runners-up to St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2016 and placed third in 2015 and 2017.
This time, the No. 3-seeded Celtics fell to No. 2 St. Mary-of-the-Woods in the third-place game, after defeating No. 5 Penn State Brandywine, 11-7, and No. 4 New Hampshire Technical Institute, 11-0, earlier in the day.
Carlow ended the season with an overall record of 22-19, a River States Conference record of 9-12, and a USCAA record of 11-4. The Celtics will return the majority of their young roster next year, but graduate two seniors — Kelsey Geyer, a shortstop out of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Nicole Hall, a pitcher out of Jeannette, Pa.
Against Brandywine, the Celtics got the offense going early, scoring three runs in the first inning. The Lions tied the game at 3 in the bottom of the third inning, but the Celtics responded with three runs in the top of the fourth and led the rest of the game.
Carlow tallied 13 hits as five Celtics batted at least .500 for the game.
Abby Tatgenhorst (SO/Byesville, Ohio) led the charge, going 2-for-4 with five RBIs. Sofia Papageorge (JR/Beaver Falls, Pa.) went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs and Abby Stroud (SO/New Egypt, N.J.) went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Geyer was 3-for-3 with an RBI and Alysa Fairman (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) was 2-for-4.
Stroud also earned the win in the circle, allowing five earned runs in a complete game and scattering 10 hits with one strikeout and no walks.
Carlow kept the bats going in the second game of the day, pounding out 10 hits to make quick work of No. 4 NHTI in a 5-inning run-rule.
Stroud hit a 2-run home run to give the Celtics a 2-0 lead in the first inning. From there, the Celtics piled on six runs in the third and three in the fourth before the run rule ended the game.
Papageorge went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Tatgenhorst and Geyer each went 2-for-3. Adrianna Gottheld (FR/Charleroi, Pa.) went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and Keyara Morgan (FR/Imler, Pa.) went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Fairman earned the pitching win, allowing just three hits and two walks in five innings of work.
With the win, the Celtics advanced to the third-place game against No. 2 SMWC, who defeated Carlow, 1-0, on Tuesday.
Once again, the Pomeroys came out on top as the Carlow offense stalled. The Celtics managed three hits — one apiece for Stroud, Papageorge, and Kasey Wolford (FR/Lower Burrell, Pa.).
A pair of Carlow errors also proved costly. SMWC tallied seven runs — five earned — on seven hits against three Carlow pitchers. The Pomeroys took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and then broke the game open with five runs in the sixth.
The Pomeroys advance to face No. 1 Cleary University in the championship game at noon tomorrow.