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KENNEDY TWP., Pa. --- Carlow University split a River States Conference doubleheader with Cincinnati Christian University, losing, 5-0, and winning 8-7 in eight innings in the nightcap.
The Celtics (18-16, 8-8 RSC, 1-1 USCAA) won the second game in a walk-off in eight innings.
Junior Ashley Hoak (Elizabeth, Pa.) hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring in the game-winning run.
Leading up to that point, the Celtics tied and exchanged leads with the Eagles (20-19, 6-10 RSC) several times.
Carlow led, 4-0, heading into the top of the fourth, but the Eagles quickly took the lead.
Three hits and three Carlow errors allowed five runs (three earned) to score, putting the Celtics behind, 5-4.
Carlow regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth with RBI singles by freshmen Morgan Pierce (Leechburg, Pa.) and Ciara Murray (Windsor, Ontario) to make the score, 6-5.
Cincinnati Christian tied the game, 6-6, in the top of the sixth, and gained a 7-6 lead in the top of the seventh.
Tristan Voss (SO/Enon Valley, Pa.) hit a solo home run over the center field fence on a 3-2 count to lead off the bottom of the seventh, tying the game, 7-7.
The Celtics had a runner on third that inning, but could not seal the deal and the game went to extra innings.
The Eagles had a runner in scoring position with one out, but the Celtics made it out of the top of the eighth unscathed.
Junior Abby Stroud (New Egypt, N.J.) got the win on the mound, allowing one hit and striking out one to close the final two innings of the game.
Annamarie Osiecki (SO/Erie, Pa.) got the start for the Celtics and pitched 3.1 innings, while Pierce picked up the middle 2.2 innings.
Murray was 2 for 4 with two RBI, Voss and Keyara Morgan (SO/Imler, Pa.) each went 2 for 4 with an RBI and senior Danielle Levato (Beaver Falls, Pa.) was 2 for 3 with an RBI.
The Eagles blanked Carlow in the first game, 5-0.
Cincinnati Christian put a run on the board in the first inning, adding two more in the top of the second and another in the top of the third to take a 4-0 lead.
The Eagles added an insurance run in the top of the fifth.
Carlow saw its best chance to score in the bottom of the sixth, when a runner was left stranded on third. It was the first time in the entire game a Carlow runner had made it past second base.
Stroud retired the side in order in the top of the seventh to give the Celtics another chance to score, but it was too little, too late.
Stroud was saddled with the loss on the mound, allowing five runs (two earned) on seven hits and striking out five in the complete game effort.
Voss was 2 for 3 at the plate.
Carlow hosts the University of Rio Grande (Ohio) for the final regular season RSC doubleheader on Saturday, April 27. First pitch is slated for 11 a.m. at Fairhaven Park.
After the split today, Carlow currently sits in fourth place in the conference standings. Rio Grande already clinched the regular-season title.
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