CMU Softball earns first UAA wins over NYU

Men’s Track and Field

The Carnegie Mellon men’s track and field team headed to the Dave Labor Invitational at Slippery Rock University on April 1. Due to inclement weather, only a few Tartans were able to compete.

In the 1,500-meter run, sophomore Colin McLaughlin finished third while senior Elijah Sech finished fifth with times of 4:00.96 and 4:01.94, respectively. Sophomore Cody Breidenbach placed second in the hammer throw with a mark of 53.06 meters while senior Bailey O’Malley placed fifth with a mark of 47.84. In pole vault, first-year Harrison Hayward took second after clearing the bar at 4.21 meters.

Members of the team will next be competing at the Susquehanna Multi on April 6 and April 7 and the Westminster Invitational on April 7 and April 8.

Women’s Track and Field

Members of the Carnegie Mellon women’s track and field team headed to Slippery Rock University this past weekend to compete in the Dave Labor Invitational. Due to inclement weather, only a few Tartans competed.

In the 100-meter hurdles, senior Liz Barre claimed first with a personal-best time of 14.44. Barre also took second in the high jump, clearing the bar at 1.60 meters. In the 1,500-meter run, graduate student Kristen Seballos crossed the line third with a time of 4:53.73. In the hammer throw, senior Ola Owodunni took fifth with a mark of 39.48 meters.

Members of the team will next be competing at the Susquehanna Multi on April 6 and April 7 and the Westminster Invitational on April 7 and April 8.


Earlier this week, the Carnegie Mellon softball team headed to Hiram College for a doubleheader on Tuesday, March 28.

In the first game, Hiram was able to take an early lead, scoring seven in the bottom of the first. Attempting to close the gap at the top of the second, senior Piper Johnson hit a single and junior Erika Heffernen followed with a double. A ground out from first-year Kira Monji brought Johnson home while junior Kiera Boucher singled to score Heffernen. At the end of the top of the second, two Tartans would be left on base. Hiram would go on to score two more — one in the third and another in the fourth. At the end of the game, the board read 2-9 in favor of Hiram.

In the second game, Hiram once again pulled ahead early thanks to single runs in the first and second innings. In the top of the fourth, first-year Koko Sagae singled and was scored in thanks to a double from sophomore Faith Lawrence, making it 2-1. Hiram retaliated with another run in the fifth, putting them ahead 3-1. Not letting them pull far ahead again, first-year Kya Benneman brought two Tartans home in the sixth thanks to a single. However, Hiram would bring one more home in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Tartans another loss.

Moving past these losses, the Tartans hosted New York University this weekend for a two-day, four-game series.

After a scoreless first two innings in the first game, the Tartans were the first on the board thanks to a variety of Tartan efforts. Heffernen led off with a single, sophomore Libby Eichberger followed with her own, and Monji hit another that brought Heffernen home. Boucher hit a double, bringing two more Tartans home. Sagae finished up with a single, printing Boucher home. The Tartans weren’t satisfied with a four-point lead; they scored two more and loaded the bases in the sixth inning before a lightning delay suspended play. After resuming play, Eichberger scored senior Piper Johnson with a single and Minji brought senior Emily Finger home with another single. In the seventh, NYU would score one, but the Tartans ultimately closed the game, winning 7-1.

Like the first game, the second game against NYU remained scoreless until the third inning; this time, NYU was the first to strike, earning one. However, the Tartans would bring three home during the fifth. Eicherberger led with a single, and Monji followed with an in-field home run, scoring two. Brenneman later brought sophomore Abbey Reese home for their third run of the inning. No more runs were scored in the game, giving the Tartans their second win of the day over NYU.

Women’s Tennis

On April 1, the 11th-ranked Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team hosted the 30th-ranked University of Mary Washington.

In the first double spot, the team of junior Danna Taylor and sophomore Crystal Zhou claimed a point for the Tartans, winning 8-4. In the second doubles spot, first-years Manuela Van Cottem and Divya Venkatarama claimed another point for the Tartans, 8-4. The third-spot team of sophomore Zoe Angell and first-year Anna Chow earned the last doubles point for the Tartans, 8-3.

Similarly, Tartans swept in singles. Sophomore Sarah Yang claimed victory over her opponent, winning 6-4, 6-3. Taylor played second spot and also went out in two, 6-2, 7-5. In the third spot, Zhou earned another Tartan point, winning 7-5, 6-4. Van Cottem won in the fourth spot over three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. In the fifth and sixth spots, Venkatarama and first-year Anika Joshi, respectively, both won their matches 8-3.

This 9-0 victory has advanced the team to 15-3 on the season. Their next match will be on Saturday, April 8 when they travel to Cleveland to take on the 12th-ranked Case Western Reserve University.