(Editor’s note: Carroll College athletics release)
HELENA — Carroll College softball closed out a series sweep of Northwest University with a 2-1 win Saturday in the final game of a three-game series at the Capital High Softball Field. The final, non-conference game of the series was canceled for travel considerations.
The Saints (26-12, 13-7 CCC) picked up a three-hit performance from Allison Williams who moved to 12-6 on the season with the win.
Northwest (12-28, 5-16 CCC) got on the board first with a solo home run to left field from Yeawa Asabi in the top of the fourth.
Northwest pitcher Stephanie Granger had a perfect game through three innings when the Saints found an offensive rhythm in the fourth.
Anna ApRoberts singled to right field to start the rally and Allison Bayer followed up with a single. Williams singled to centerfield and ApRoberts was thrown out at home.
Brooke Yarnall singled to short to score Bayer from third and Brittany Smith singled to second to score Williams to put Carroll up 2-1.
Northwest advanced runners to third in the sixth and in the seventh but failed to advance a run across the plate.
ApRoberts went 2-3 on the fay and four other Saints added hits. Yarnall and Smith had the RBIs for Carroll.
Williams gave up one run with eight strikeouts and no walks.
“It was a good day to be able to finish the series with a sweep puts in great position to finish the UP series tomorrow and finish the homestand strong,” head coach Aaron Jackson said. “Ali pitched another great game and our offenses did enough to get us a couple of runs. It has been a long week but the team has fought and it has been great to be at home.”
Another highlight of the day was the throwing out of the first pitch by Pat Goldhahn for the Buckle Up Blue 4 Lauryn campaign. The campaign was started by the Goldhahn family after their 15-year-old daughter was killed in an automobile accident in 2016. The Goldhahn family distributes blue ribbons to be attached to steering wheels to remind drivers to wear seatbelts.
“I want to thank buckle up blue 4 Lauryn for sharing their story at today’s game and we are honored to be able to help them share their message,” Jackson said.
The Saints close out a 10-game week Sunday with a pair of games against the University of Providence. Live updates will be available at twitter.com/ccsaints.