KEENE, N.H.--The Keene State College softball team was swept in a doubleheader by visiting Eastern Connecticut State, 7-4 and 9-7, on Senior Day at Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 13-13, 4-4 LEC
- Eastern Connecticut State: 11-19, 6-4 LEC
How It Happened - Game One
Kristyn Ryan had given the Warriors a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when her long fly to left bounced off the fence and over for a solo home run. Keene State responded when St. Germain drew a one out walk in the bottom of the inning, and Galavotti followed with her seventh home run of the season, an opposite field shot to right for a 2-1 lead.
Samantha Bardos' single up the middle in the top of the third tied the game, and Samantha Valentine put the Warriors back in front with an RBI groundout. Jessica Seymour made it 4-2 with a single to left field.
It remained 4-2 until the bottom of the fifth, when Votto led off with a single, and St. Germain followed with her first home run of the season, another opposite field shot that went over the fence in right-center. The Owls would load the bases later in the inning, as Galavotti and Brooke Arruda walked on either side of a single from Olivia Indorf, but Brittany DaMota struck out and Shae Crosby hit into a fielder's choice to leave the bags full.
ECSU scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, as Sara Pisanelli singled with two out, and Bardos lofted a fly to deep center that could not be corralled, and Bardos raced around the bases for an inside-the-park-homerun. Ryan followed with her second longshot of the game, and the Owls went down in order in the bottom of the seventh.
St. Germain (10-8) took the loss, striking out two in a complete game effort. Pisanelli, Bardos, and Ryan all finished with two hits for the Warriors.
How it Happened - Game Two
The Warriors again took an early lead, courtesy of RBI singles from Ryan and Gina Georgetti in the first, and the Owls again responded, as Votto led off with a single and scored all the way from first on Galavotti's double to right-center.
Aliza Guerrero smacked a double of her own to deep left to bring in Galavotti to tie the game. A pair of Keene State errors allowed the Warriors another run in the top of the second, but KSC tied it again in the bottom half, as Gabby Bielak doubled and scored on Votto's single to right.
The Warriors, who scored in every inning but the seventh, added another run in the third and two more in the fourth, but the Owls batted around in the bottom of the fourth to take a 7-6 lead. After Kristin Boduch had reached on a fielder's choice, Votto singled and St. Germain walked to load the bases for Galavotti, who stroked a 2-RBI single up the middle.
Pinch runner Julie Elwell stole second, and Olivia Indorf laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to bring in St. Germain before a dropped fly by the Warriors brought in Elwell as the Owls led for the first time.
Eastern Conn. State tied it back up in the fifth when Seymour singled, moved to third on a pair of groundouts, and scored on a wild pitch. The Warriors then took the lead for good when Bardos homered over the trees in left center, a two-run shot after Pisanelli had walked.
Votto finished the game 4-for-4 with an RBI and scored twice, while Galavotti drove in three runs where every KSC starter reached base.
Summer Cavanugh (2-3) took the loss.
Around the Horn
- Between the games, seniors Cavanaugh, Galavotti, Votto, and Guerrero were honored for their contributions to the program.
- Galavotti hit her 23rd career home run, leaving her just one behind current KSC head coach Carrah Fisk Hennessey for second most all time in school history.
- It was the first time in four years the Owls have been swept in an LEC doubleheader at home. KSC last lost two to an LEC opponent when Western Connecticut State beat the Owls on April 12, 2014.
- Keene State has a quick turnaround, as the Owls will host Western Connecticut State in a doubleheader on Sunday, April 23 in a makeup of games postponed from April 8.
- The Warriors will also play Western Conn. State next, but not until Tuesday, April 25, in a doubleheader that begins at 4:30 p.m.