CLERMONT, Fla.--The Keene State College softball team fell in both games on the opening day of its annual Spring Break trip to Florida. KSC lost to Western New England University, 8-7, in nine innings, then fell to Roger Williams University, 6-1
- Keene State: 0-2
- Western New England: 1-1
- Roger Williams: 2-2
How it Happened
The Owls led 3-0 after the first inning against WNE, as Kayla Votto tripled to start the game and came around on Brittany DaMota's groundout. Alli Canavan singled in Jenny Galavotti, and Aliza Guerrero scored on a fielder's choice.
The Golden Bears were kept off the scoreboard until the third, when Gabby Lavinio tripled in Lindsay Williams, then scored on a passed ball. Galavotti made it 4-2 with an RBI single in the top of the seventh with an RBI single to center, but the Golden Bears forced extra innings with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, taking advantage of an error and a single to tie the game at four.
The teams traded runs in the eighth, with Guerrero scoring on an error, before Carlie Moss scored for WNE on a fielder's choice. The Owls took a 7-5 lead in the ninth, when JoEllen Racicot scored on Kayla Votto's double, and Votto scored on Galavotti's single. WNE won it with three in the bottom of the ninth, getting two hits and another KSC error as Moss brought in Katie Wood with the winning run.
Galavotti was 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, and Galavotti picked up four hits and two RBI. Molly St. Germain threw a complete game with six strikeouts, allowing just two earned runs.
Against Roger Williams, KSC managed just five hits and committed three errors in a 6-1 loss. The Hawks scored once in the first and twice in the second, before KSC got on the board in the third when Mikayla Pacy walked and came around on an error. Keene State managed just three singles the rest of the way.
Summer Cavanaugh went the distance in the circle, striking out five and allowing just one earned run. She also supported her own cause with a pair of singles.
Around the Horn
- Heading into the season, Galavotti needs 12 homeruns to break the all-time record, currently held by Mo Scata. Galavotti hit 10 homers last season.
- Aliza Guerrero is currently seventh all-time in triples, with eight career three-baggers.
- Keene State takes on Stockton University and FDU-Florham on March 12.