KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Molly St. Germain moved up the all-time strikeout list, but the Keene State College softball team dropped a pair on Wednesday, falling to Susquehanna University in a 3-1 pitchers' duel before bowing to Haverford College 9-2 in the second game of the day at the Fortune Road Complex.
- Keene State: 2-4
- Susquehanna: 4-5
- Haverford: 4-1
How It Happened - Susquehanna
St. Germain and Katie Murphy nearly matched each other in the circle, but it was a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth inning that proved to be the difference in Susquehanna's 3-1 win. St. Germain also went 1-for-3 with a run batted in at the plate, while Courtney Votto, Julie Elwell, and Kylie Frank all had singles in a game that featured just seven hits total.
The River Hawks went up 1-0 in the bottom half of the first inning after Emily Lear walked and stole second with one down before coming home on Kiara Bryant's single. The one run looked as if it might be enough, as Murphy sent down the first nine Owls in order before Elwell reached to start the top of the fourth on a bunt single. She was sacrificed to second by Frank, but a pair of fly outs kept KSC off the scoreboard. After Susquehanna was sent down 1-2-3 in their half of the inning, a one-out single from Votto again put the tying run on base, but the Owls could not advance her any further. The River Hawks made it 3-0 by capitalizing on KSC miscues in the fifth. A pair of errors started the frame, and another resulted in Susquehanna's second run after Kasey Bost hit a bouncer back to the pitcher. Trailing 3-0, Keene State got on the board in the top of the sixth. Cassie Woods started the inning with a walk and moved up to third after Frank singled with one out before St. Germain plated one run with a line drive single to left. The Owls threatened for more with the tying run now on base, but a fly out and a strikeout kept it a 3-1 game. KSC had one more chance in the final inning after Susquehanna went down 1-2-3, but the Owls did the same.
St. Germain (1-2) was dealt a tough luck loss, tossing six innings while allowing just three hits, three runs (one earned) with seven strikeouts. Murphy (1-1) fanned 10 in the complete game win.
How It Happened - Haverford
Keene State was in immediate trouble in the second game, as Haverford scored four times in the opening frame and the Owls never recovered. Votto went 3-for-3 with a run batted in at the plate, while Lauren Rousseau had an RBI in a 1-for-3 effort. Molly St. Germain was 1-for-2 and scored a run. The Fords had three doubles and a home run in the contest, including one of each in the top of the first, as Marybeth Stone's two-bagger made it 2-0 before the next batter, Emma Souter doubled the lead with a two-run homer to left. The Owls responded, chipping away in their half of the same inning. Frank had a single with one out and St. Germain was hit by a pitch to start the rally before Rousseau brought home one with an RBI single. Votto followed with one of her own as KSC slicing the deficit to 4-2 after one. The scoring slowed until Haverford pulled away with two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth. Emily Reinstadtler and Phoebe May made it a four-run lead after each had run-scoring singles in the fifth.
Olivia McGrath (0-2) went the distance for the first time in her career, but took the loss for KSC. Briana Quinn (2-0) pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and two runs to get the win.
Around the Horn
- St. Germain now has 265 career strikeouts, good for sixth on the all-time KSC list. Emily Albin '12 is in fifth place with 351.
- Votto is now 8-for-16 with six RBIs on the season. KSC as a team is hitting .294 with 35 runs scored in six games.
- Keene State continues their Florida trip with matchups against Westminster College (Pa.) at 9:30 am and Newbury College at 12:00 pm tomorrow, March 14, in Kissimmee.
- Susquehanna plays the College of Staten Island and Westminster on the same day.
- Haverford will be in Winter Haven to take on Wisconsin Lutheran College and the University of New England tomorrow.