CLERMONT, Fla.--The Keene State College softball team fell twice in heartbreaking fashion on Tuesday, losing to Northwestern (MN), 11-10 in eight innings, and to the University of New England 3-2, also in eight innings.
- Keene State: 1-3
- Northwestern: 6-5
- Univ. of New England: 2-4
How it Happened - Northwestern
After the Eagles scored three times in the bottom of the first inning, the Owls got two runs back in the second on a sacrifice fly by Katelyn Hill and a single from JoEllen Racicot. The Eagles doubled up with a single run in the bottom of the second for a 4-2 lead, but the Owls chipped away, tying the game with single runs in the third and fourth innings.
Crosby doubled with one out, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on a passed ball in the third, and Racicot reached on an error before coming around on another error to knot the game at four. It remained that way until the seventh, when the Owls took the lead for the first time as Crosby singled and came around on an error. The Eagles forced extra innings on a sacrifice fly by Ciara Scheithauer. Northwestern had the winning run at third in the seventh, but Olivia McGrath struck out Faith Forcier as the game headed to extra innings.
Keene State scored five times in the top of the eighth, loading the bases on singles from Racicot and Kristin Boduch, while Hill reached on an error. DaMota singled in a pair of runs, and Crosby followed up with a 2-RBI double that made it 9-5. After Indorf walked, the Owls executed a double steal that brought in Crosby and a 10-5 lead.
Northwestern got two hits to open the inning, but the Owls were one out away from the win before an error allowed Mindy Forcier to score. Kayla Hannasch tripled home three runs to make it a 10-9 game, and the Eagles walked off with the win on Forcier's 2-run double.
How it Happened - Univ. of New England
A strong start by Molly St. Germain went for naught as the Nor'Easters scored in extra innings to take the win. Keene State's junior ace tossed a complete game with eight strikeouts and and allowed just six hits and one earned run. Courtney Votto was 3-for-3 to lead the Keene State attack.
The Owls took the lead in the bottom of the third as Courtney Votto singled to left and scored on DaMota's double to right field. UNE tied it in the fourth on an RBI double by Alexis Kapsambelis, and went in front in the next frame courtesy of a fielder's choice by Sarah LaChapelle. KSC tied it again in the bottom of the sixth, as Crosby reached on an error and moved up to second, before stealing third and coming home on Olivia Indorf's sacrifice fly to right. The Owls had a chance to go ahead in the same inning, loading the bases on singles from Racicot and Votto, but Cassie Woods popped up to shortstop to end the inning.
The second game was played with the international tiebreaker, giving the Nor'easters a runner in scoring position to open the eighth. An error moved up Andrea Gosper, before Alexa Kapsembelis brought her in with a fielder's choice. Crosby started the Owls' half of the inning on second base, but the Owls could not move her across and Hill struck out to end the game.
Around the Horn
- Three of Keene State's first four games this year have been decided by one run.
- Keene State is now batting .310 with runners in scoring position thus far this year.
- St. Germain needs just 30 more strikeouts for 200 in her career.
- Keene State is off on Wednesday, before taking on Lake Forest University and Fitchburg State on Thursday.