MINNEOLA, Fla.--Junior hurler Molly St. Germain struck out a career high nine batters to lead the Keene State College softball team to a 7-6 win over Framingham State University in the Owls' season opener on Monday. The Owls fell to Rutgers-Newark, 8-0, in the second game of the day.
- Keene State: 1-1
- Framingham State: 1-3
- Rutgers-Newark: 3-1
How it Happened
St. Germain supported her own cause with two hits, an RBI, and two runs, scored, while Olivia Indorf had a 2-RBI triple as the Owls held on for the win. St. Germain led off the third inning with a walk, and moved into scoring position on Cassie Woods' groundout. After a single from Brittany DaMota, a Framingham State error allowed St. Germain to score for a 1-0 lead.
The Owls added four more in the top of the fourth, loading the bases on singles from Alli Canavan and Brooke Arruda, and a walk to Katelyn Hill. St. Germain singled in one run, and Woods had an RBI groundout that made it 3-0. Kristin Boduch also had an RBI groundout, and St. Germain scored on a passed ball for a 5-0 edge. The Rams got on the scoreboard with a single run in the bottom of the fourth, and pulled to within 5-3 in the fifth when Megan Downing drew a bases loaded walk and Kayla Finacchiario scored on an error.
Keene State tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh when DaMota reached on an error and Shae Crosby singled to left; Indorf followed with her first career triple to make it 7-3. It would prove critical, as the Rams scored three times in the bottom of the seventh. Finacchiaro had an RBI groundout, and Anna Dziok followed with a 2-RBI single to trim the lead to 7-6, before St. Germain retired Victoria Ziner on a groundout to the pitcher.
St. Germain (1-0) finished with nine strikeouts and four earned runs in seven innings of work.
The Owls found it tough going against Rutgers-Newark. The Scarlet Raiders' Morgan Walizer tossed a five inning no-hitter as Rutgers-Newark ended the game via mercy rule.
Around the Horn
- St. Germain's nine strikeouts surpassed her previous career high of eight, set against Western Conn. State on April 23, 2017. It was her 22nd career complete game.
- Six different players had a hit in the opener for Keene State.
- It marked the third year in a row that the Owls' opening game in Florida was decided by one run. Keene State defeated the University of New England 4-3 in 10 innings in 2016, and fell to Western New England 8-7 in eight inning last season.
- Keene State's trip to Florida continues on Tuesday with games against Northwestern (Minn.) and the University of New England at 9 am and 11:30 am, respectively.