KEENE, N.H.--Olivia Indorf's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Keene State College softball team a 4-3 win over the University of Southern Maine in the opening game of a Little East Conference doubleheader at Owl Athletic Complex on Sunday afternoon. The Huskies took game two, 5-0.
- Keene State: 7-8, 1-1 LEC
- Southern Maine: 7-7, 1-1 LEC
How It Happened - Game One
The Owls had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Votto beat out an infield single and moved to second on an illegal pitch. Jenny Galavotti roped a single up the middle to bring her around.
It stayed 1-0 until the top of the fourth, when the Huskies touched St. Germain for three runs. Courtney Davis started the rally with a one-out single, and moved to third on Amber Kelly's double. Samantha Crosman walked to load the bases before Brooke Cross singled in a pair of runs with a hit through the right side and Crosman scored on Allison Pillar's RBI groundout.
Keene State tied the game in the bottom of the fifth, beginning with Mikayla Pacy's infield hit. Kristin Boduch reached on a fielder's choice, and Pacy moved up as an errant throw from USM third baseman Shelby Obert pulled second baseman Taylor Lux off the bag. Votto followed with a double to deep center to bring both runners home.
The Owls won it in the bottom of the seventh as USM reliever Haeli Campbell issued walks to Votto, Brittany DaMota, and Jenny Galavotti to open the inning, and Indorf lofted a sacrifice fly to straight away center field and Votto easily beat the throw home.
How It Happened - Game Two
USM starter Amber Kelly held Keene State to just six hits in the nightcap as the Owls were shutout for just the second time this season. Obert doubled in a pair of runs in the top of the first that put the Huskies in front for good.
Tabatha Hirsch singled in another run in the the fourth, and USM added two more runs in the fifth inning. Keene State's best chance to score came in the second inning, when Aliza Guerrero singled, stole second, and moved to third on Shae Crosby's groundout, but Alli Canavan struck out and Pacy grounded back to the pitcher to leave her stranded.
A Huskies error in the bottom of the third allowed Kayla Votto to reach second, but she was caught trying to steal third. Votto slammed a double to left-center in the sixth, but again was left in scoring position when DaMota flew out to center to end the inning.
Indorf (0-2) took the loss, going the first four innings and notching one strikeout. Summer Cavanaugh threw one inning of relief and St. Germain came back to throw the final two innings. Six different Owls had one hit apiece.
Around the Horn
- Votto extended her streak of reaching base to eight consecutive games. She also raised her batting average by 27 points over the two games.
- Galavotti, DaMota, and Guerrero remain the only three Owls who have started and played in every game so far this season.
- It was the first time that USM had won in Keene since an 8-2 Huskies win on May 6, 2010 in the Little East Conference tournament.
- Keene State hosts Westfield State in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
- Southern Maine will also be in action on Tuesday, with St. Joseph's (ME) coming to town at 3:30 p.m.