Second day of The Spring Games ends in losses for Softball

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Annamarie Osiecki at the platePhoto by Karina Graziani

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CLERMONT, Fla. --- Carlow University softball went 0-3 on its second day of The Spring Games in Florida Monday.

vs. Lourdes University: L, 4-1

Lourdes (Ohio) University (1-3) one-hit the Celtics (0-4) in the first game of the day. A single and a double scored the first run for the Grey Wolves in the top of the second. Lourdes capitalized on errors to score an unearned run in the top of the fourth to take a 2-0 lead.

The Celtics returned the favor in the bottom of the inning.

Adriana Gottheld (JR/Charleroi, Pa.) drew a walk, and Alysa Fairman (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) laid down a bunt in the next at-bat. The Lourdes pitcher picked up the bunt and threw the ball away to advance runners to second and third with no outs. Annamarie Osiecki (JR/Erie, Pa.) hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring in Carlow's only unearned run.

Lourdes added insurance runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings.

Junior Lexie Young (Leechburg, Pa.) hit a two-out double to left center field in the bottom of the seventh to pick up Carlow's only hit of the game.

Morgan Pierce (SO/Leechburg, Pa.) was saddled with the loss in two innings of work, allowing one run on three hits and striking out four.

Fairman pitched two innings with one unearned run, two hits, two walks and two strikeouts.

Amanda Hu (FR/Katy, Texas) closed the final three innings, allowing two runs on four hits.

vs. Concordia University Nebraska: L, 8-0 (5)

Concordia University Nebraska (9-1) run-ruled Carlow in the second game of the day, 8-0, in five innings.

The Bulldogs scored four runs in the bottom of the first and three runs in the bottom of the second to gain a quick 7-0 lead over the Celtics.

Concordia added its eighth run in the bottom of the fourth, and Carlow was unable to answer, ending the game in the fifth on the run rule.

McKenna Lampe (FR/Rutan, Pa.) bore the loss, allowing seven runs (five earned) on four hits. She walked four in 1.1 innings of work. Lampe also recorded the only hit for the Celtics. Pierce pitched the remainder of the game, allowing one run on four hits and striking out one.

vs. University of Michigan Dearborn: L, 7-5

The Celtics gave the University of Michigan Dearborn (11-12) a run for their money in the final game of the day.

Carlow put runs on the board right out of the gate, scoring three in the bottom of the first.

McKenna Lampe singled in the lead-off spot to get the inning started. Young hit a sacrifice bunt to move her over, and a passed ball put her at third with one out.

Fairman singled to bring her in and stole second. Osiecki drew a walk, and Morgan Nedley (FR/Harrison City, Pa.)  hit into a fielder's choice. The shortstop overthrew the ball trying to pick up a double play, which allowed Fairman to score an unearned run. Nedley advanced to third on another passed ball, and another error at shortstop allowed her to score and keep the inning going.

Dearborn scored two runs in the top of the second and tied the game, 3-3, in the top of the third.

Carlow regained the lead in the bottom of the third.

Junior Kasey Wolford (Lower Burrell, Pa.) hit a two-out double to right-center field and Hannah Gallagher (FR/Robinson Twp., Pa.) hit an RBI single to give the Celtics a 4-3 lead.

Dearborn tacked on another two runs to take a 5-4 lead in the top of the fourth, but the Celtics tied the game up in the bottom of the inning.

McKenna Lampe reached on a walk and stole both second and third to start the inning.

Young hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring her in and tie the game, but the Wolverines picked up two quick outs to shut down the Carlow rally.

Dearborn scored its two unearned go-ahead runs in the top of the sixth and held onto the lead for the remainder of the game.

Osiecki took the loss on the mound, allowing two runs on two hits in 1.1 innings.

Fairman started and pitched three innings for Carlow, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out two.

Hu pitched an inning, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out one.

Pierce closed the game, throwing 1.2 innings where she walked one and allowed two hits.

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