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KENNEDY TWP., Pa. --- Carlow University softball lost two home River States Conference games to crosstown rival Point Park University, 4-0 and 7-2 in eight innings, on Thursday.
The losses dropped the Celtics (17-15, 7-7 RSC, 1-1 USCAA) to fifth in the conference and bumped the Pioneers (18-15, 11-5 RSC) up to second in the standings.
Carlow came from behind to tie the score, 2-2, in the bottom of the seventh in the nightcap.
The Pioneers got on the board first with a run to start the game, and added another run in the top of sixth to take a 2-0 lead.
Sophomore Annamarie Osiecki (Erie, Pa.) got out of a bases-loaded situation in the top of the seventh by forcing a ground out to end the inning and give the Celtics one last chance to get back into the game.
Carlow took advantage of the break. Keyara Morgan (SO/Imler, Pa.) pinch hit to start the inning with a single to left field.
Ciara Murray (FR/Windsor, Ontario) came in to pinch run for Morgan and made it to second on a wild pitch. Another wild pitch later in the at-bat put her on third and got the Carlow bench fired up.
Ashley Hoak (JR/Elizabeth, Pa.) reached on a walk, and Kasey Wolford (SO/Lower Burrell, Pa.) pinch ran for her to put runners on the corners.
Sophomore Tristan Voss (Enon Valley, Pa.) stepped up to the plate and hit a two-run double to the center field fence to tie the score, 2-2. The Pioneers picked up three quick outs to end the inning, but the damage was done as the teams headed into extra innings.
Point Park took advantage of two Carlow errors, adding two singles and two sacrifice fly balls to the outfield to score five runs (two earned) in the top of the eighth.
Osiecki singled to start the inning, but the Pioneers put the Carlow batters away in order after that to end the game, 7-2.
Osiecki was charged with the loss on the mound, allowing seven runs (four earned) on 11 hits and striking out two in seven innings of work. Morgan Pierce () pitched a solid inning of relief for the Celtics.
Sophomore Adrianna Gottheld (Charleroi, Pa.) was 2 for 4 at the plate, and the Carlow defense stranded 12 Pioneers on the bases.
It was a pitching duel in the first game, with Point Park’s Ashley Iagnemma tossing a no-hitter against the Celtics in the 4-0 loss.
The Pioneers scored an unearned run in the top of the second and added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh for which the Celtics did not have an answer.
Carlow left four runners stranded on the bases.
Junior Abby Stroud (New Egypt, N.J.) was tagged with the loss on the mound, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits and striking out three in the complete game effort.
Carlow hosts Cincinnati Christian University for a 3 p.m. RSC doubleheader on April 25.
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