Carpenter’s Gem Not Enough As Leafs Drop Pair To #4 Marian
By Seth Wesman
Sports Information Intern
INDIANAPOLIS — Alexis Carpenter delivered 4 2/3 innings of no-hit softball for Goshen College before Marian University scored the game’s only run in game two of the Maple Leafs’ afternoon set with the Knights on Tuesday: Goshen dropped game one 9-1 before falling 1-0 in the day’s final contest.
Goshen (7-15, 4-12 Crossroads League) saw fourth-ranked Marian (25-1, 16-0) break the opener open in a seven-run second inning before the Knights added a pair of insurance runs in the fourth.
The Maple Leafs scored their lone run of the day in the fifth inning when Allison White scored on a wild pitch.
Carpenter got the start in game one before Brooke Maes and Leah Horner threw 1 2/3 innings and 1 inning, respectively, in relief. Maes and White each collected Goshen hits in the contest.
Three different Knights combined to throw a two-hitter as Breena Smith drew the start, going 3 innings before Cassie Perry and Courtney Best each worked an inning out of the bullpen. The game ended after five innings due to a mercy rule.
Riley Cripe led the Knights’ offense with 3 RBI on a perfect 3 for 3 performance at the plate. Carly Greene drove in 2 runs with Logan Personett, Erica Miller, Darrien Garrigus and Sam Pash all collecting one RBI apiece. Nine Knights scored one run each in the victory.
The day’s final game was a much different story as the offensive outburst of game one turned into a pitcher’s duel. Each team’s pitcher allowed only 3 hits as a lone run separated the Knights and the Leafs in the end.
Carpenter kept the Knights out of the hit column until Hannah Williams singled to left field with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. Three batters later, following a walk and a hit batter, Greene singled to drive in Williams for the game’s only run.
Krista Sutliff singled to lead off the top of the sixth but a strikeout and a double play brought an end to the Leafs’ rally.
Carpenter took the loss with a single run allowed on 3 hits and 2 strikeouts in 6 innings. Courtney Crapser had two of Goshen’s three hits.
Grace Lumpkin was the winning pitcher for Marian with 3 hits and no runs allowed in the complete game shutout, striking out four.
Goshen will be back in action on Friday, traveling to Marion to conclude the first half of its CL slate against Indiana Wesleyan University. Weather permitting, the first pitch of the doubleheader is set for 5 p.m.