KEENE, N.H.--Jenny Galavotti was a combined 4-for-7 with two home runs and six RBI as the Keene State College softball team swept a doubleheader from Westfield State University 4-1 and 10-9 at Owl Athletic Complex on Tuesday afternoon.
- Keene State: 9-8
- Westfied State: 9-9
How it Happened - Game One
Molly St. Germain twirled a three hitter with five strikeouts in the opener to improve to 6-4.
The Owls took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Kayla Votto singled through the left side, stole second, and scored on Galavotti's single to left. Brooke Arruda came through with a double to left-center to bring Galavotti around.
Keene State added two more in the bottom of the fifth when Kristin Boduch led off with a single, and Aliza Guerrero launched a two-run homer over the fence in left field. Westfield State broke up the shutout when Bri Totora reached on an error and scored on an RBI single by Maddy Atkocaitis, but St. Germain shut the Owls down, getting Maddie Keigwin to ground out to second base to end the game.
Votto finished with two of Keene State's eight hits, while St. Germain, Galavotti, Olivia Indorf, Arruda, Boduch, and Guerrero each had one.
How it Happened - Game Two
Galavotti homered twice - in one inning - while St. Germain came on in relief to get her second win (7-4) of the day.
The game remained scoreless until the third inning, when Westfield State broke through for five runs. Two walks and a hit batsman loaded the bases, and Atkocaitis drew another walk to force home a run. A wild pitch allowed another run to score, and Erika Gouin drove in another with a single to left. Angelica Banning drove in two more with a single of her own.
Keene State responded with nine runs of their own in the bottom half, sending 12 batters to the plate in the frame. Boduch led off with a single, and Galavotti crushed her second home run of the season to left field to KSC on the board.
Indorf followed with a double to left-center, and Canavan followed with a single. Shae Crosby walked to load the bases, and Arruda doubled to center to make it 5-4. DaMota continued the offense with line drive double to left as the Owls went in front for the first time in the game.
After Guerrero reached on a fielder's choice, Votto doubled her home, and Galavotti hit her second home run of the inning and third of the year for a 9-5 lead.
Two walks and a wild pitch gave Westfield State a single run back in the top of the fourth. Westfield State tied the game in the fifth as Gouin hit a two-run homer and Emma Dunbar had a run scoring double.
Keene State went back in front in the bottom half of the inning, when Guerrero hit a lead off single, and moved all the way to third on an error. Galavotti added a fielder's choice that brought Guerrero home.
St. Germain, who entered in the bottom of the fifth with two out, kept Westfield State hitless over the final 2.1 innings, getting Dunbar to ground out to end the game.
Galavotti finished 3-for-4 with five RBI, while Arruda and Brittany DaMota both knocked in two runs. DaMota and Boduch each had two hits.
Around the Horn
- Galavotti's two home runs give her 19 for her career, putting her in a five way tie for fourth place on the KSC career list, joining Katie Allenson (2006-09), Beth Ponte (1997-2000), and sisters Haley and Laura Chandler (2009-12). Guerrero's homer in game one was the 10th of her career.
- Also moving up in the record books was Votto, who became the eighth player in school history with 30 stolen bases in a career. She needs five to pass Beth Comer (1993-96) for seventh place in school history.
- St. Germain's seven wins are more than she had in all of 2016, and she needs just seven strikeouts to reach 100 for her career.
- Keene State begins a stretch of four straight doubleheaders away from home, beginning with a an LEC twinbill against Rhode Island College on April 15 at 1 p.m.
- Westfield State returns to action tomorrow, hosting The Sage Colleges in a doubleheader that begins at 3:30 p.m.