Owls Go Extras For Split With League Leading Western Conn. State

Kayla Votto (5) drove in the winning run in game one.
Kayla Votto (5) drove in the winning run in game one.

KEENE, N.H.--Senior Kayla Votto drove in the winning run in extra innings for the second time in six days, as the Keene State College softball team rallied for a 7-6 win in the opener of a Little East Conference doubleheader against Western Connecticut State at Owl Athletic Complex on Sunday.  The Colonials took the nightcap, 4-2.

Records

  • Keene State: 14-14, 5-5 LEC
  • Western Conn. State: 16-15, 7-3 LEC

How it Happened - Game One

Aliza Guerrero was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and three RBI, while Votto had three hits and Olivia Indorf had two hits and two RBI.

Keene State got an outstanding performance from Molly St. Germain (11-8), who went all eight innings in the circle with a career high eight strikeouts.

The Colonials took a 2-0 lead in the first on a 2-RBI double by Charline Plasczynski, but the Owls hit back for three runs in the bottom of the first.  Votto led off with a double to the track in center, and came around when St. Germain was caught in a run-down after a bunt single.

Indorf reached with a single to left, and scored all the way from first on Guerrero's double to left, and Brooke Arruda made it 3-2 with a single to center.

It remained 3-2 until the fourth, when the Colonials plated three more runs to to take a 6-3 lead.  Jenna Gaudioso reached on a fielder's choice that brought in Erica Bower, and Plasczynski singled in two more runs.  Sofia Palacios added an RBI hit in the frame.

The Owls tied it in the bottom of the fifth, getting a leadoff single from Votto, who stole second and scored on Indorf's single to right.  Guerrero followed by launching her third home run of the season, a towering shot over the trees in left that tied the score at six.

St. Germain worked out of a jam in the sixth striking out Gaudioso with the go-ahead run in scoring position, and got out of trouble in the eighth by inducing Natalia Hart to pop up to third base with runners on the corners.

Keene State won it in the bottom of the eighth, as Brittany DaMota singled to left, moved to second on Kristin Boduch's infield hit, and raced home with the winning run on Votto's single.

How it Happened - Game Two

The Owls were limited to five hits in the second game, going down 3-0 in the second as the Colonials loaded the bases with three walks before Kayla Jessup brought in two runs with a double to left-center.  Alex LaFemina added an RBI single to center to make it 3-0.

Tori Dugan drove in another run in the top of the third to put WCSU put 4-0, but the Owls grabbed two runs back in bottom of the fourth.  Guerrero reached on a bunt single, and moved all the way to third on Shae Crosby's single to right-center.

Kristin Boduch hit what appeared to be a routine pop-up right in front of home plate, but Western Conn. catcher Kam Jensyn dropped it, allowing Guerrero to score.   Keene State added another when Crosby scored while Western was trying to catch Boduch in a rundown.

Keene State twice had the tying run at the plate, as Jenny Galavotti singled, but pinch runner Julie Elwell was left on second when Guerrero tapped back to the pitcher in the fifth.

Votto reached with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but St. Germain flew out to left, and Galavotti grounded out to end the game.

Indorf (0-4) took the loss, while Gabby Bielak and St. Germain each threw three innings of relief.

Galavotti finished with two of Keene State's five hits.

Around the Horn

 

  • With four conference games left, the Owls sit at 5-5, tied with Plymouth State for third in the Little East Conference.  KSC sits a game back of both UMass Boston and Eastern Conn. State, and two games back of Western Connecticut.
  • Votto drove in the winning run in extras again, having also done so in the opening game against UMass Boston earlier in the week.
  • It was the third time in five meetings that the Owls and Colonials had gone to extras; Western Conn. beat Keene State 2-1 in 11 innings in an LEC contest, and 4-3 in eight in the LEC tournament last season.

 

Up Next

  • Keene State heads to Plymouth State for a crucial LEC doubleheader on Tuesday, April 25, at 3:30 p.m.
  • The Colonials will entertain in-state rival Eastern Connecticut State, also on April 25, beginning at 4:30 p.m.