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CLERMONT, Fla. --- Carlow University softball won a walk-off
contest to split a pair of games Thursday at The Spring Games.
vs. St. Ambrose (Iowa) University: L, 5-1
Carlow (2-7) lost the opening contest of the day, 5-1, to St.
Ambrose University (13-10).
Freshman Morgan Nedley (Harrison City,
Pa.) hit her first collegiate home run, a one-out solo shot over
the left-centerfield fence to give the Celtics their only run of
Carlow had five hits but could not bring anyone else home,
leaving five stranded on base.
Morgan Pierce (SO/Leechburg, Pa.) went the
distance for the Celtics, allowing five runs (four earned) and
scattering nine hits over six innings of work. She recorded two
strikeouts - including one in the third inning to shut down a
scoring opportunity for the Fighting Bees - and three walks.
vs. Lourdes (Ohio) University: W, 7-6 (8
The Celtics won the second game of the day in exciting walk-off
fashion against Lourdes University (3-5).
It was the second time in as many days Carlow faced the Grey
Wolves, but this time the Celtics came out on top.
Carlow jumped out to an early lead, scoring four runs in the
bottom of the first inning.
Two singles, a double and a throwing error cut the Carlow lead
to 4-3 in the top of the third inning.
The Celtics added another run in the bottom of the inning to
lead, 5-3, heading into the fourth.
Lourdes continued to chip away at the Carlow lead, scoring a run
in the top of the fourth and fifth innings to tie the game, 5-5.
The Grey Wolves kept Carlow from scoring from the fourth inning on,
but the Celtics also stood strong on defense to end the game
deadlocked at 5-all.
The teams prepared for extra innings and the international
tie-breaker rule heading into the eighth.
Lourdes struck first in the top of the inning, taking advantage
of a Carlow throwing error to score a run and take their first lead
of the game, 6-5.
Undeterred, the Celtics rallied in the bottom of the inning.
With one out and a runner on third, Madison
Lampe (FR/Rutan, Pa.) hit a double to left field to
bring in the tying run.
Lampe later scored the game-winning run when the Lourdes pitcher
dropped a routine fly ball that would have ended the game.
Alysa Fairman (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) picked
up the win after pitching a complete game for Carlow, allowing six
runs (four earned) on 10 hits with two strikeouts and six
Fairman helped her own cause at the plate as she went 2 for 4
with 2 RBI, including a two-run home run over the centerfield fence
in her first at-bat. Nedley was 2 for 3 and four Celtics recorded
RBIs in the game.
Carlow plays two contests March 13 at The Spring Games. Links to
live stats can be found at http://bit.ly/CUSB20.
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