The Carlow softball team split their second River States Conference double header of the weekend Sunday, against Cincinnati Christian, at Fairhaven Park. The Eagles earned a 5-2 victory in Game 1, but the Celtics came back with a 9-1 mercy-rule win in five innings in Game 2.
The Eagles grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning of Game 1. The Celtics scored a run in each of the first two innings, but CCU pitcher Jessica Tinsley entered the game and shut down the their offense for the remainder of the game. The Eagles added one run in the third and one more in the fifth.
The Celtics finally got their bats going again right away in Game 2. Carlow scored four runs in the first inning, fueled by a three-run homerun by Danielle Levato (SO/Beaver Falls, Pa.).
After watching a 4-0 lead slip away the day before in Game 2 against Ohio Christian, the Celtics did not let up against the Eagles.
CCU scored in the second inning, but after that it was all Carlow. The Celtics added one run in the third and four more in the fourth. The Eagles loaded the bases in the fourth inning, but the Carlow defense stood strong, allowing the game to end early on an 8-run advantage after five innings.
Levato added a double to finish the game with a 2-for-3 performance, with four RBIs and a run scored. Abby Tatgenhorst (FR/Byesville, Ohio) was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs. Allison Hryadil (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) was 2-for-2 with an RBI, Natalie Bashada (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) was 2-for-3 and Kenzie Young (SR/Leechburg, Pa.) added a double and two RBIs.
Sydney Greece (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) was the winning pitcher, allowing one run on three hits, with one walk and one strikeout, in two innings of work. Levato also hurled two innings, allowing four hits with one strikeout. Madison Miller (SO/North Huntingdon, Pa.) tossed the final inning, allowing one hit.
The Celtics next play Wednesday at USCAA opponent Kent State Tuscarawas.