RPI softball split a doubleheader at Castleton State College last Wednesday, falling in game one by a 6-3 decision, but bouncing back to earn a 2-0 victory in the second match. The win and loss put the Engineers at 8-8 overall on the season, while the Spartans move to 4-10 on the year.
Castleton jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning during game one. However, the Engineers responded with two runs in at the top of the third off a two-run double by junior Gillian McCarthy.
That lead was short-lived as the Spartans responded with four runs to close out the inning, holding a 5-2 lead. Castleton added another run in the fourth inning to increase the deficit to four. Although the Engineers responded with a run in the seventh inning, it wasn’t enough to overcome the Spartans’ lead.
Game two played out much differently, however, as freshman pitcher Kristina Weltzin struck out nine batters through seven scoreless innings to lead RPI to a 2-0 victory.
Sophomore Tori Hunt got things started at the top of the second inning as her triple to center field brought home junior Aimee Konet to give the Engineers a 1-0 advantage. The sixth inning saw senior Sara Heller walk and McCarthy advance to first off a single. Sophomore Charlene Osmanski reached the bases off an error, which helped to bring home Heller for RPI’s second run.
The bats would remain quiet throughout the remainder of the match as the two teams combined for two more hits. Weltzin allowed just four hits total in the game, and walked five batters.
The softball team remains on the road as it takes on St. Lawrence University in a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 pm. The Engineers then travel to Skidmore College on Sunday for another twinbill, also starting at 1 pm. Rensselaer then closes out the week with a doubleheader against Oneonta State on Tuesday, beginning at 3 pm in Oneonta, N.Y.