Softball picks up its first win of the season at The Spring Games

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CLERMONT, Fla. --- Carlow University softball recorded its first win of the 2020 season at The Spring Games Wednesday.

vs. Fisher (Mass.) College: W, 8-1

Carlow (1-6) started the day strong with an 8-1 win over Fisher College (0-5). Freshman Madison Lampe (Rutan, Pa.) hit her first collegiate home run in the bottom of the fifth, a three-run shot over the left field fence that put the Celtics up, 5-1, heading into the sixth.

The Celtics took advantage of errors to score the initial two runs of the game in the first and third innings.

Carlow retired the side in order in the top of the sixth and strung together a few singles in the bottom of the inning.

Olivia Graff (JR/Natrona Heights, Pa.) hit a two-run single to drive in Carlow's final runs in the sixth.

Amanda Hu (FR/Katy, Texas) tossed a three-hitter for the Celtics, allowing one unearned run and striking out two in six innings of work to pick up the win.

McKenna Lampe (FR/Rutan, Pa.) walked two and struck out three to keep the Falcons off the board in the top of the seventh.

vs. William Penn (Iowa) University: L, 2-1

The Celtics attempted to put together a late rally against William Penn University (4-11), but lost a close 2-1 contest to the Statesmen in the second game of the day.

William Penn scored both of its runs in the bottom of the third. The Celtics managed to get out of a bases-loaded jam to end the inning. Morgan Nedley (FR/Harrison City, Pa.) made a quick throw on a ball that dropped into the infield to end the Statesmen rally.

William Penn made quick work of the Celtics in the fifth.

Carlow belted out three singles in a row, and Nedley hit an RBI single before William Penn got out of bases-loaded situation in the sixth.

Morgan Pierce (SO/Leechburg, Pa.) pitched a complete game for Carlow, allowing two runs on eight hits while walking and striking out one apiece.

vs. No. 22 St. Xavier (Ill.) University: L, 9-0 (5 inn.)

Despite a strong defensive performance by the Celtics, NAIA No. 22-ranked St. Xavier University strung together six hits in the fifth inning to best Carlow, 9-0, in a run-rule game that ended in the fifth inning.

Junior Alysa Fairman (Pittsburgh, Pa.) pitched a no-hitter through two innings before the Cougars got into a groove. She threw 4.1 innings, allowing nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits and walking three.

Hu allowed one hit, which ultimately ended the game due to the run rule.

Madison Lampe had the only hit for the Celtics in the first inning.

Nedley was 3 for 5 on the day with a run and two RBI. Carlow had 14 singles and hit .212 as a team on the day. The Celtics committed just four errors in the field.

Carlow plays two contests March 12 at The Spring Games. Links to live stats can be found at http://bit.ly/CUSB20.

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