The Carlow softball team split a River States Conference double header against Asbury (Ky.) University, on Saturday, April 14, at Fairhaven Park.
The Eagles (10-16/3-11) won the first game, 15-10, and the Celtics (13-10/5-5/5-1) won the second, 4-3.
Kelsey Geyer (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) celebrated her Senior Day by hitting the walk-off RBI-single in the bottom of the seventh inning of the second game. Her hard ground ball up the middle scored Alysa Fairman (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.), who hit a two-out double to center field and then stole third base.
The Celtics came back after trailing, 3-0, in the third inning. They scored a two runs in the third inning and tied the game in the sixth.
Abby Stroud (SO/New Egypt, N.J.) and Abby Tatgenhorst (SO/Byesville, Ohio) each hit an RBI-single, and Keyara Morgan had an RBI-double. Stroud was 2-for-3 at the plate in the game.
Stroud also earned the pitching win, throwing the complete game and allowing three runs on six hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.
Carlow’s other senior honored was Nicole Hall (SR/Jeannette, Pa.), who has pitched 238 innings and earned 24 wins in her 4-year career as a Celtic. She started the first game, which was a back-and-forth slugfest.
The Eagles took a 7-0 lead by the second inning, and Carlow regained the advantage, 10-7, by the end of the fourth. But Asbury added four runs in the fifth and two apiece in the sixth and seventh.
The Eagles finished the game with 17 hits and left nine runners on base. The Celtics compiled 13 hits and stranded eight runners. Each team made four fielding errors.
Fairman led Carlow at the plate, going 3-for-4, with two runs scored and an RBI. Samantha Wampler (FR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Sofia Papageorge (JR/Beaver Falls, Pa.) were each 2-for-4 with a run scored. Tatgenhorst and Stroud had two RBIs apiece.
Four Carlow pitchers saw action, with Annamarie Osiecki (FR/Erie, Pa.) taking the loss. Deana Phillips earned the win for Asbury after starting the game, heading to right field for nine batters in the fourth inning, and then returning to the circle.
The Celtics next travel to play RSC leader (RV) Rio Grande on Friday.