Owls Clipped By No. 25 Amherst In Extra Innings

Owls Clipped By No. 25 Amherst In Extra Innings

AMHERST, Mass.--The Keene State College softball team fell to No. 25 Amherst College, 9-8 in nine innings at Amherst Softball Field on Wednesday afternoon.  The second game of the doubleheader was cancelled due to rain.

Records

  • Keene State: 13-11
  • Amherst: 23-6

How it Happened

Keene State exploded for five runs in the top of the first inning, sending all nine batters to the plate and opening the scoring on Aliza Guerrero's single to center field that brought in Kayla Votto.

Brittany DaMota made it 2-0 with an RBI single, then moved to third on Summer Cavanaugh's double, and an Amherst error allowed both Cavanaugh and DaMota to score.  The Mammoths committed their second error of the inning that brought in Shae Crosby for a 5-0 lead.

Amherst chipped away at the lead, scoring once in the first and twice in the second before Keene State made it a 6-3 game when Crosby hit a solo home run to center field.  Amherst used a three run homer from Katie Kopatic to tie the game in the bottom of the the inning.

The offense slowed for both teams after that, as neither squad scored again in regulation.  The Owls broke through first in extra innings, with Kristin Boduch placed on second to open the frame.  She immediately stole third, and came home on Crosby's sacrifice fly to center.  

The Mammoths tied the game in the bottom of the eighth, when Ally Kido's groundout brought in pinch runner Sara Buck.  Keene State went in front again with another run in the ninth, on Olivia Indorf's RBI groundout, but the Mammoths walked off with the win on Kopatic's two run homer to center.

Indorf finished 3-for-5, and Guerrero was 2-for-4.  Crosby knocked in a pair of runs in support of three Keene State pitchers.  Cavanaugh went the first three innings, followed by Gabby Bielak, who tossed two innings of scoreless relief.  Molly St. Germain (10-6) took the loss.

Around the Horn

  • Every Keene State starter had at least one hit.  
  • Crosby's home run was her first of the season, and she joins Jenny Galavotti (6), Guerrero (2), and Indorf (1) on the list of KSC players who have gone deep this year.
  • St. Germain has the decision in 16 of Keene State's 24 games this season, including 10 of the Owls' 13 victories.

Up Next 

  • Keene State returns home for the first time in a week, hosting Eastern Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 22, at 1 p.m.
  • Amherst hosts Williams on Friday, April 21 at 5 p.m.