AMHERST, Mass. – The Keene State College softball team fell in both ends of a doubleheader against No. 12 Amherst College, 9-2 and 10-4, on Wednesday afternoon.
- Keene State: 6-16
- No. 12 Amherst: 23-3
How It Happened – Game One
Shae Crosby hit her first home run of the season and Lauren Rousseau went 1-for-3 with a double, but three consecutive crooked numbers in the middle innings powered the Mammoths to a 9-2 win in the opener. Ally Kido and Audrey Hansen each drove in three and had multiple hits for Amherst.
Keene State took the lead right off the bat against Mammoths starter Gina Pagan (9-3). Kristin Boduch reached on a bunt single to start the game and moved up to second on Crosby's ground out. An error on a comebacker off the bat of Molly St. Germain moved Boduch to third, who then scored on Olivia Indorf's grounder to second as KSC led 1-0. Owls' starter Alexis Blanchette kept Amherst off the board in the first two frames and the offense tacked on another run in the third on Crosby's solo homer to left.
Trailing 2-0, the Mammoths took the lead in the third against reliever Olivia McGrath (1-6). Andrea Sanders worked a walk to start the rally and eventually scored to tie the game on Kate Kopatic's one-out double. Kido followed with a single, moving pinch-runner Scout Boynton to third. Kido then stole second before a double from Hansen drove home two and gave Amherst a 3-2 lead. KSC worked out of further trouble, as a fly out and a line out ended the frame and left the bases loaded. The Mammoths worked around Rousseau's leadoff double in the fourth before pulling away in the bottom half of the inning against Issie Pratt. Consecutive walks started the uprising and, with one out, Kido connected for a three-run blast that made it 6-2. Amherst tacked on another when RonnieMarie Falasco drove home Hansen with a two-out single.
A two-run fifth frame for the Mammoths wound up setting the final margin, as KSC went down 1-2-3 in both the sixth and seventh innings.
How It Happened – Game Two
Amherst started fast and used two big offensive rallies to complete the sweep with a 10-4 win in the second game, which was called due to darkness in the top of the sixth. KSC's offense, which had 11 hits in total, had two apiece from Crosby, Julie Elwell and Cassie Woods. Crosby homered again after going deep in the first game, while St. Germain went 1-for-3 with a two-run double. Kopatic led Amherst's bats, as she went 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored. Kido also went 3-for-4, driving in two, while Alyson Plaman had 2 RBIs in a 2-for-4 showing.
The Mammoths struck fast against KSC starter St. Germain (4-8), who went all five innings in the circle. The first two reached on a single and a walk before, with one down, Kopatic connected for a three-run home run that made it 3-0. The rally did not stop there, though, as Hansen singled and stole second before eventually scoring Amherst's fourth run of the inning on a throwing error. St. Germain struck out Annie Murphy to end the first and worked around a bases loaded situation in the second to keep the Mammoths off the board, but Amherst plated a fifth run in the third on Julia Turner's one-out RBI single. It could have been more, but KSC stranded three for the second consecutive inning and began to chip away in the fourth on Crosby's second blast of the day, which made it 5-1.
The Owls crept even closer in the fifth against Amherst starter Lorena Ukanwa (14-0), loading the bases on singles from Elwell, Boduch and Crosby. St. Germain then helped her own cause, driving home two with a line drive double in the left centerfield gap that cut KSC's deficit to 5-3. However, the Owls could not plate any more after that, as a pop out and strikeout ended the frame. Amherst answered quickly, sending nine to the plate and scoring five times in the very next half inning to pull away. A pair of singles and two steals put two in scoring position before Kido came through, scoring both for a 7-3 Mammoths lead. Later in the frame, Kopatic had a run scoring single and Plaman drove in two as Amherst widened the lead further.
Keene State got one back in the sixth as Elwell singled and scored on Woods' two-out double to left, making it 10-4. The Owls were threatening for more after Boduch reached second on an error, advancing Woods to third, but the game was called at that point due to darkness.
Around the Horn
- KSC's 11 hits in the nightcap marked their most hits in a contest since April 7, when they had 12 in a 5-4 win at Southern Maine.
- Crosby's two home runs put her in the team lead in that category and mark her second and third blasts against Amherst in the last two seasons (three games). Her current .371 batting average would mark a career-best, surpassing her freshman year when she hit .304.
- St. Germain now sits alone in tenth on KSC's all-time strikeouts list and needs just ten more to reach eighth.
- Keene State, who has yet to play at home this season, is scheduled to do so on Saturday, April 21 when they host Rhode Island College for an LEC doubleheader beginning at 1:00 pm.
- Amherst gets back into NESCAC play on the same day, as they will host Tufts for two games starting at 12:00 pm.