CASTLETON, Vt.--The Keene State College softball team picked up a non-conference split in a pair of games against Castleton University on Monday at Spartan Field. The Owls took the opener, 3-0, but fell in the nightcap, 10-5.
- Keene State: 12-9
- Castleton: 10-6
How it Happened - Game One
Aliza Guerrero and Jenny Galavotti homered to give the Owls all the offense they would need. Molly St. Germain tossed her first shutout of the season, limiting Castleton to five hits to improve to 9-4.
Guerrero got the Owls on the board in the second inning with her second home run of the season, clearing the fence in left field for a 1-0 lead.
That was all St. Germain needed, as she and the KSC defense kept the Spartan bats silent. Jordan Gouger doubled down the left field line and took third on a sacrifice bunt, but Owls' shortstop Mikayla Pacy gunned her down at the plate as she tried to score on a fielder's choice.
Galavotti added some insurance for the Owls with her sixth homer of the season, a two-run shot to left field after St. Germain had doubled with two out.
Castleton's best chance to score after that came in the sixth, but pinch runner Abby Ferrara was stranded when St. Germain struck out Gouger. St. Germain finished with seven strikeouts in her 10th complete game of the year.
How it Happened - Game Two
Guerrero hit a one-out double in the second and eventually scored on Brittany DaMota's sacrifice fly, but the Spartans in front with a five run second inning, highlighted by Timi Carone's grand slam.
Galavotti and Arruda had RBI fielder's choices in the top of the third to cut the lead to 5-3, and JoEllen Racicot scored on an error in the top of the fourth that made it a 5-4 game. Castleton expanded their lead with five more runs in the fourth.
Guerrero's second double of the game set the table for Arruda, who drove her home with a single through the left side in the top of the seventh, but KSC would not get closer.
Around the Horn
- Galavotti finished with three RBI over the two games, moving her over 70 for her career.
- Guerrero is now 7-for-10 (.700) over the last three games, with three doubles, a triple, and a home run, while scoring four times.
- Arruda raised her batting average 76 points, giving the Owls four players hitting .390 or better - Kayla Votto (.394), St. Germain (.400), Arruda (.429), and Galavotti (.435).
- Keene State continues its road trip by visiting UMass Boston for a Little East Conference doubleheader on Tuesday, April 18 that begins at 3:30 p.m.
- The Spartans will play another LEC opponent, Plymouth State University on Wednesday, April 19, at 3:30 p.m.