Left to right: Sofia Papageorge, Danielle Levato and Abigail Stroud. Photo by Robert Cifone
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KENNEDY TWP., Pa. --- Carlow University softball celebrated Senior Day with a River States Conference doubleheader against WVU Tech on Saturday.
Before the game, Carlow recognized the accomplishments of the three graduating seniors on the team: Danielle Levato, Sofia Papageorge and Abigail Stroud.
The Celtics (15-13, 7-5 RSC, 1-1 USCAA) lost the first game, 2-1, and won the second game, 4-1, over the Golden Bears (17-21, 7-7 RSC).
The turning point of the game for the Golden Bears came in the bottom of the sixth.
Sophomore Alysa Fairman (Pittsburgh, Pa.) doubled to left to start the inning. The next at-bat was a line drive to the first basemen, who quickly turned and caught Fairman too far off the bag for the double play.
Kasey Wolford (SO/Lower Burrell, Pa.) hit a two-out single to left to keep the inning alive.
Danielle Levato (SR/Beaver Falls, Pa.) hit a deep fly ball to center that looked like it could be a home run, but the WVU Tech center fielder stretched over the short fence and snagged it in her glove for the final out of the inning.
That play turned out to be the momentum shift the Golden Bears needed.
The first at-bat in the top of the seventh was a solo home run to tie the score.
The pinch hitter for the Golden Bears singled and a passed ball put her on second with only one out.
WVU Tech’s Skylar Connelly singled to bring her home and put the Golden Bears in the lead, 2-1.
WVU Tech picked up two quick fly outs in the bottom of the inning. Junior Abby Stroud (New Egypt, N.J.) singled to try to keep the Celtics alive, but another fly out ended the game.
Stroud allowed only two runs on five hits while striking out seven in the complete game effort.
Sophomore Adrianna Gottheld (Charleroi, Pa.) was 2 for 4 with a triple.
The Celtics returned with a renewed fire in the second game, winning, 4-1.
Carlow kept a run off the board in the first inning on a heads-up play by Keyara Morgan (SO/Imler, Pa.).
The Celtics committed an error with runners on first and second with no outs, but Morgan turned and fired the ball home to catch WVU Tech’s runner trying to stretch the play into a run at the plate.
The Golden Bears broke with scoring stalemate in the top of the first.
A double and a wild pitch put a runner on third, and the Golden Bears brought her home with a sacrifice fly to left field.
The Celtics turned around and scored three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Tristan Voss (SO/Enon Valley, Pa.) singled to lead off. Junior Olivia Hutton (Pittsburgh, Pa.) came in to pinch run for Voss, and Annamarie Osiecki (SO/Erie, Pa.) singled to put runners on first and second.
Senior Sofia Papageorge (Beaver Falls, Pa.) bunted and reached first on a wild throw by the first baseman, and Hutton scored on the overthrow to tie the game, 1-1.
Papageorge and Osiecki ended up on second and third with no outs due to the previous error.
Freshman Ciara Murray (Windsor, Ontario) hit a ground out to second, which allowed Osiecki to score and Papgeorge to move to third.
Wolford singled to center to bring in Papageorge, placing the Celtics in the lead, 3-1.
Carlow’s added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth.
With two outs, WVU Tech walked two batters to put runners on first and second.
In the next at-bat, Fairman double to deep right-center to bring in the final run for the Celtics.
Osiecki and the Carlow defense allowed only one run on seven hits in the complete game effort.
Carlow travels to Waynesburg University for a non-conference doubleheader on April 16.
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