Softball Bounced From LEC Tournament by Eastern Conn. State

Softball Bounced From LEC Tournament by Eastern Conn. State

PLYMOUTH, N.H.--The Keene State College softball team was eliminated from the Little East Conference tournament with a 1-0 loss in eight innings to Eastern Connecticut State University at D&M Park at Plymouth State University on Thursday morning.

Records

  • Keene State: 16-20
  • Eastern Conn. State: 14-24

How it Happened

As in Tuesday's game, the Owls were locked in a pitching duel.  KSC starter Molly St. Germain (13-10) went the distance for the 19th time this season, scattering eight hits, none for extra bases, and striking out three.

Shae Crosby and JoEllen Racicot both had two hits for Keene State.

St. Germain worked out of trouble in the second inning, getting out of a bases loaded jam by getting Megan Hodgdon to pop up to second base.  The Warriors also had runners on second and third in the third inning, but St. Germain induced Samantha Valentine to ground out to second base.

Racicot singled and moved to second on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth, but was left stranded when Kristin Boduch flied out to center.  Crosby stroked a two-out triple in the sixth, but could not score as Olivia Indorf struck out.

Singles from Brooke Arruda and Hanne Nichols gave KSC two on with one out, but Racicot and Boduch hit into back-to-back fielder's choices to end the seventh inning.  

Eastern Connecticut State pushed across the only run of the game in the top of the eighth, getting a single from Jackie Lewis, and pinch-runner Calli Duthrie scored on Crysta Wolski's single up the middle.

The Owls had two on in the bottom of the inning, as Crosby beat out an infield hit, and Indorf walked, but the game ended when Arruda grounded out to second base.

ECSU hurler Morgan Sanson (4-6) also tossed a complete game, striking out seven.

Around the Horn

  • It was the seventh extra inning game for the Owls this season; Keene State finished the year 3-4 in extra inning games.
  • It was the 17th game this season decided by two runs or less.
  • Eastern Connecticut State was the only LEC team Keene State did not beat this season.  

Up Next

  • The Owls, who graduate four players, see their season come to an end.
  • Eastern Conn. State will play in another elimination game later tonight.