MINNEOLA, Fla.--The Keene State College softball team fell in both halves of a doubleheader on Thursday afternoon, dropping the opener to Lake Forest University 8-0 in six innings, and falling to Fitchburg State 6-1 in the day's second contest.
- Keene State: 1-5
- Lake Forest: 7-2
- Fitchburg State: 2-5
How it Happened - Lake Forest
The Foresters limited Keene State to three hits and had seven of their own in an 8-0 win. Lake Forest grabbed the only run they would need in the first inning with an RBI single by Haylee Sherlund. The Foresters sent 13 batters to the plate in the third inning, scoring six times, and added another in the sixth inning to end the game.
The Owls' best chance came in the top of the sixth; Olivia Indorf reached on an error with two out, and pinch-runner Emma Pede moved into scoring position when Lauren Rousseau drew a walk. Courtney Votto beat out an infield hit to load the bases, but Molly St. Germain struck out to end the threat. Indorf and JoEllen Racicot had the other two hits for the Owls.
How it Happened - Fitchburg State
Keene State could only manage one hit and and committed five errors in a 6-1 loss. The game remained scoreless until the fourth inning, when the Falcons scored five times. KSC had three errors in the inning as the Falcons sent eight batters to the plate.
Fitchburg State added one more run in the fifth inning. Keene State broke up the shutout in the seventh as Shae Crosby led off the inning by being hit by a pitch, and moved up to third on a groundout and a single by Indorf. St. Germain's sacrifice brought her around to score.
The loss spoiled another strong start by St. Germain (1-2), who struck out six and allowed just one earned run and gave up just five hits.
Around the Horn
- St. Germain made her first relief appearance of the season in the opener. Thus far this season, she's allowing less than one hit per inning.
- It was the first meeting with Fitchburg State since KSC swept a doubleheader in 2011, winning 15-1 and 10-4.
- Crosby and Indorf have retained their spots in the KSC batting order throughout the year, batting third and fourth, respectively, in all six games.
- Keene State's penultimate day in Florida begins on Friday, March 16, with games against Albright at 2 p.m. and St. Mary's (IN) at 7 p.m.