Softball snaps Penn State Beaver’s eight-game win streak in USCAA doubleheader

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KENNEDY TWP., Pa. – Carlow University softball split a pair of USCAA games against Penn State Beaver Tuesday, winning 7-1 and losing 3-2, at Fairhaven Park.

The 7-1 win in game one snapped the Lions’ eight-game win streak.

The Celtics (14-12, 6-4 RSC, 1-1 USCAA) were aggressive on the base paths and took advantage of three costly Penn State Beaver errors.

The Celtics scored two unearned runs against the Lions (21-9, 10-2 PSUAC) in the first inning and added an unearned run in the third to take a 3-0 lead.

Freshman Ciara Murray (Windsor, Ontario) doubled to deep left-center to bring in Kasey Wolford (SO/Lower Burrell, Pa.), who singled in the previous at-bat and stole second.

Alysa Fairman (SO/Pittsburgh, Pa.) reached on a fielder’s choice to put runners on the corners with one out.

Adrianna Gottheld (SO/Charleroi, Pa.) hit a ground out to second, which gave Murray enough time to make it home on the throw and put Fairman at third.

Junior Abby Stroud (New Egypt, N.J.) hit a stand-up triple to bring her in and extend the Carlow lead to 6-0.

The Lions scored a run in the top of the fifth, but the Celtics put an end to the inning with a 7-1-4 play that caught the Penn State Beaver runner trying to stretch her single into a double.

Carlow’s final run came in the bottom of the sixth off a lead-off double by Murray and a two-out single by sophomore Elaina Tkaczenko (Sewickley, Pa.) that brought her home.

Sophomore Annamarie Osiecki (Erie, Pa.) went the distance for the Celtics, allowing one run on four hits and striking out a season-high 10 batters.

Stroud was 2 for 4 with a double, triple and RBI, and Murray was 2 for 3 with two doubles and an RBI.

Game 2

Carlow attempted a late-game comeback in the nightcap, but the Lions’ defense held the Celtics to three hits in the 3-2 loss.

Penn State Beaver scored a run in the top of the third and two runs in the top of the sixth the take a 3-0 lead late in the game.

Carlow rallied in the bottom of the seventh, but their efforts were too late.

A two-run home run over the center field fence by sophomore Tristan Voss (Enon Valley, Pa.) cut the lead to 3-2, but the Lions forced three fly outs to end the game.

Morgan Pierce (FR/Leechburg, Pa.) was charged with the loss, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out five in 5.2 innings of work.

Fairman finished the remainder of the game on the mound.

The Celtics host the University of Rio Grande (Ohio) April 12 at 3 p.m. and WVU Tech April 13 at 12 p.m. for two RSC doubleheaders. The April 13 game is Carlow’s Senior Day.

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