PROVIDENCE, R.I.--Senior designated player Jenny Galavotti continued her torrid hitting as the Keene State College softball team swept a Little East Conference doubleheader from Rhode Island College, 10-6 and 10-7 at Bazar Softball Complex on Saturday.
- Keene State: 11-8, 3-1 LEC
- Rhode Island College: 6-12, 1-3 LEC
How it Happened - Game One
Molly St. Germain went the distance, and supported her own cause with a 3-for-5 showing at the plate. Olivia Indorf was 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI, while Galavotti, Kayla Votto, and Shae Crosby each had two hits, and Crosby also knocked in three runs.
Keene State exploded for five runs in the top of the first, as Votto singled and eventually scored on a passed ball, and St. Germain scored on a sacrifice fly. Keene State then loaded the bases as Galavotti walked, Hanne Nichols reached on an error, and Brittany DaMota walked, and Crosby brought them all home with a triple.
Indorf brought in another run with a single in the second, but the Anchorwomen put up a four spot in the bottom of the second to cut the lead to 6-5.
The teams traded runs in the sixth as Aliza Gurrero drove in a run with a fielder's choice, and KSC added two more runs in the sixth on Indorf's homer, and Galavotti drew a bases loaded walk in the seventh.
St. Germain (8-4) notched two strikeouts in seven innings of work, scattering nine hits and allowing five earned runs.
How It Happened - Game Two
Another big inning propelled the Owls to the sweep. Galavotti was 4-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI, while Votto was 3-for-5 and drove in two runs and Guerrero was 3-for-4 with an RBI. DaMota and Brooke Arruda each had a pair of hits.
After a scoreless first, Keene State plated six in the top of second as Votto singled in Arruda and DaMota, and after JoEllen Racicot reached on a fielder's choice, Galavotti launched a three run homer for a 5-0 lead. Indorf followed with a double, and Guerrero tripled her home.
An RBI groundout and a sacrifice fly pulled two runs back for Rhode Island College in the bottom of the second, and two more in the third made it 6-4. Single runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings tied the game at six, but KSC went back in front with three runs in the top of the sixth.
Kayla Votto singled with two out, and Racicot drew a walk to set the table for Galavotti, who crushed her second homer of the game for a 9-6 lead. After RIC scored in the bottom of the sixth, Guerrero doubled and came home on St. Germain's single in the seven to extend the lead to 10-7.
St. Germain tossed a perfect seventh inning to earn the save, striking out Mary Sweeney to end the game. Summer Cavanaugh (2-2) threw two innings of relief to get the win.
Around the Horn
- Galavotti extended her hitting streak to six, and over her last three games is batting 10-for-14 (.714) with four home runs, 12 RBI, and six runs scored. She now has 21 career home runs at Keene State, the third highest career total in school history. She trails only current KSC coach Carrah Fisk Hennessey, who hit 24 homers from 1996-99, and Mo Scata, who hit 27 from 2005-08.
- St. Germain, whose ERA stands at 1.93, notched her first career save, and upped her batting average to .390.
- The Owls completed their fourth straight sweep of Rhode Island College in LEC play, and have now won 10 straight against the Anchorwomen. KSC swept the season series in each of the last four seasons, as well as notching a pair of wins over RIC in the 2014 LEC tournament.
- After a day off on Sunday, Keene State begins a road stretch of three doubleheaders in three days, beginning with a trip to Castleton University on April 17 at 3:30 p.m.
- The Anchorwomen are off until Tuesday, when they host Western Connecticut State for an LEC doubleheader that starts at 5 p.m.