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Tartans Earn Extra-Inning Victory at WashU

women's softball player wearing all black uniform with red trim running off second base

(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) – The Carnegie Mellon University softball team earned a 2-1 victory after having to play extra innings and invoking the tiebreaker rule in the 10th inning at University Athletic Association (UAA) opponent Washington University in St. Louis. The victory moves the Tartans' record to 14-13 overall and 4-5 in the UAA while dropping the Bears to 10-15 and 2-7.

How it Happened

  • Carnegie Mellon put the first run on the board in the top of the fifth inning when freshman Kira Monji pulled a single through the right side with two outs to score junior Erika Heffernen from second.
  • Heffernen reached on a single to left field and later stole second to be in scoring position for Monji's timely single. Junior Kiera Boucher also singled in the inning but both she and Monji were stranded when senior Piper Johnson lined out to second to end the inning.
  • The Bears nearly took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but junior Amanda Smith was able to get out of the inning after giving up a leadoff triple.
  • The Bears threatened to even the score in both the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings but stranded two runners on base each time.
  • In the seventh inning, the Bears got the run they needed to extend the game but off an error by the Tartan defense.
  • Smith was able to get out of two innings with a runner in scoring position before the teams went to the tiebreaker rule of starting with a runner on second in the 10th inning.
  • The Tartans took advantage of the runner in scoring position when Monji grounded out to second to advance the runner. After Boucher fouled out for the second out, Johnson came through with a single to center field to score sophomore Libby Eichberger.
  • The Bears advanced their runner with a sacrifice bunt before Smith got the next two batters out on a ground out and foul out to finish the game.
  • Smith finished the game with five strikeouts and pitched a single-game record of 10 innings.


  • Smith now has a record of 8-3 and ties the program pitching record for wins in a season.
  • Heffernen led the team with three hits in four at bats, tying her career high for the fourth time and third time this season.

Up Next

The Tartans and Bears are scheduled for a doubleheader on Saturday, April 8 beginning at 12 p.m. CT.