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CLERMONT, Fla. --- Carlow University softball ended its spring
training trip with a pair of tough losses at The Spring Games
vs. Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University: L,
The Celtics (2-9) lost a narrow 11-9 game to Lawrence
Technological University (9-11) in the first contest of the day.
Carlow let slip a 9-5 lead late in the game.
McKenna Lampe (Rutan, Pa.) reached on an error
by the third baseman and stole second and third base in the first
inning. Lampe scored on an error when the second baseman dropped
the ball on an attempted pick-off play, putting Carlow on the board
first with an unearned run.
The Blue Devils hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the
inning to take a 2-1 lead over the Celtics.
Carlow loaded the bases in the second, but Lawrence Tech got out
of the jam with a strikeout against the Celtics.
Lawrence Tech added another run in the bottom of the second for
a 3-1 lead before Carlow's bats got hot.
The Celtics took advantage of errors to put up four runs (three
unearned) in the third inning and added another four runs in the
fourth to take a 9-5 lead over the Blue Devils.
Lawrence Tech retired the Celtics in order in the top of the
fifth to keep themselves in the game. The Blue Devils strung
together several singles to score six runs in the bottom of the
sixth to regain the lead, and Carlow could not get a rally going
into the seventh.
Amanda Hu (FR/Katy, Texas) started the game on
the mound for Carlow, allowing three runs on five hits in two
innings of work.
Morgan Pierce (SO/Leechburg, Pa.) pitched
the remainder of the game and suffered the loss, allowing eight
runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out three.
Senior Ashley Hoak (Elizabeth, Pa.) was 3 for 4
with two RBI, Adrianna
Gottheld (JR/Charleroi, Pa.) went 2 for 4 with three
RBI, and McKenna Lampe was 2 for 4 with an
RBI. Lexie Young (JR/Leechburg, Pa.) also
added an RBI in the effort.
vs. Florida National University: L, 2-1
Carlow scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the
first inning, but could not hold on to the narrow lead as they were
defeated, 2-1, by Florida National University (23-10).
A hard, two-out single to right-centerfield by freshman
Alexandrea Bupp (Ambridge, Pa.) drove in
Alysa Fairman (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) to score
Carlow's only run of the game.
The Celtics retired the Conquistadors in order through the first
three innings. Fairman did not give up a hit until the fourth
inning, and Florida National did not score a run until the sixth
Carlow picked up the second out of the sixth inning on a
force-out play at home plate, but a single scored Florida
National's two runs before the Celtics could get out of the inning.
The Conquistadors retired the Celtics in order in the bottom of the
seventh to hold onto the lead and the win.
Fairman pitched a complete game, allowing
two runs on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the River States Conference has
suspended all games, practices and meetings for its 12 member
schools until March 31. More information can be found here,
and information about the steps Carlow University is taking in
light of recent developments can be found on the University
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