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VIENNA, W.Va. – Carlow University softball left the River States Conference softball tournament early after losing two close games at Jackson Memorial Park on Friday.
The Celtics (18-20, 8-10 RSC, 1-1 USCAA) earned the No. 5 seed in the conference, and began play on Thursday against No. 4 seed Midway (Ky.) University (22-25, 9-9 RSC).
The game was called in the top of the fourth inning due to lightning and rain with the Celtics down, 1-0. The teams returned to the field at 9 a.m. Friday morning to complete the game.
The Eagles tacked on two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-0 lead and sealed the deal with a run in the bottom of the fifth.
Sophomore Kasey Wolford (Lower Burrell, Pa.) was 2 for 2 with a double at the plate, and Annamarie Osiecki (SO/Erie, Pa.) was saddled with the loss, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out one in 3.1 innings.
Carlow dropped into the loser’s bracket to face No. 3 seed Point Park University (21-17, 12-6 RSC). The Pioneers beat No. 6 seed WVU Tech (20-28, 8-10 RSC) in the quarterfinals, 5-2, but lost, 8-3, to No. 2 seed Indiana University Southeast to drop down into the loser’s bracket to face Celtics.
It was another pitching duel between junior Abby Stroud (New Egypt, N.J.) and Point Park’s Ashley Iagnemma, with each pitcher tossing a two-hitter.
Point Park’s lone run came in the bottom of the sixth.
Maddie Horn reached on a walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. Courtney Blocher moved her over to third with a sacrifice bunt, and Tiffany Edwards walked to put runners on the corners with one out.
Hailey Leitner hit a single to left to bring in Horn and score the game-winning run.
Ciara Murray (FR/Windsor Ontario) and Sofia Papageorge (SR/Beaver Falls, Pa.) each singled for the only two hits for the Celtics. Stroud struck out three in the complete game effort.
Three Celtics earned All-RSC honors, announced Thursday evening at the awards ceremony.
Abby Stroud and Annamarie Osiecki earned All-RSC First Team honors, and Ashley Hoak (JR/Elizabeth, Pa.) earned the Champions of Character award.
Annamarie Osiecki, All-RSC First Team Infielder
Abigail Stroud, All-RSC First Team Pitcher
Ashley Hoak, All-RSC Champion of Character
Regular season champion University of Rio Grande (Ohio) placed six players on All-RSC First Team and took home three of the four individual awards.
The Celtics wait to hear if they will earn a bid to the USCAA Small College World Series, held in DuBois, Pa. May 12-16. The Celtics currently sit in sixth place in the Coaches’ Poll standings. The tournament is a 10-team, double elimination bracket.
Bid day is May 6 at 5 p.m. and will be broadcast live at smallcollegeworldseries.com.
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