BOSTON, Mass.--Kayla Votto's sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning gave the Keene State College softball team a 4-3 win over UMass Boston in the opener of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the UMB Softball Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Beacons took game two, 6-3, in a contest that was called after six innings due to darkness.
- Keene State: 13-10, 4-2 LEC
- UMass Boston: 17-8, 4-4 LEC
How it Happened - Game One
The Owls had fallen behind to single runs in the first and third innings. Keene State got on the board when Votto singled to left-center, stole second, and came around on Molly St. Germain's single up the middle.
St. Germain then stole second, and tied the game when she touched home on Olivia Indorf's single down the right field line. The Owls had a chance to add further runs in the inning as Aliza Gurerro reached on an infield hit and Brittany DaMota walked to load the bases, but Indorf was tagged out at the plate on Shae Crosby's fielder's choice.
St. Germain drove in Votto again to give the Owls a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh, but the Beacons forced extras on Roxanne Vento's infield single.
Crosby scored what proved to be the winning run in the top of the ninth, starting the inning by beating out an infield hit and taking second Kristin Boduch's sacrifice bunt. Crosby moved to third on Brooke Arruda's fly out to right, and scored on Votto's sacrifice fly to left.
St. Germain then shut the door, getting Kiera Prusmack to pop up to first and Ari Bilotta to third, before striking out Gigi Braga to end the game. The sophomore improved to 10-4, going the distance with two strikeouts. She also supported herself with three hits and two RBI, while Votto also had three hits and Boduch had two.
How it Happened - Game Two
Keene State limited to five hits in the nightcap, with St. Germain and Indorf having two each and Jenny Galavotti having another.
The Owls took a 1-0 lead in the first when St. Germain doubled with one out and scored on an error. Galavotti and Indorf hit back-to-back doubles in the third for a 2-0 lead. The Beacons went in front with three runs in the bottom of the third; Vento had an RBI groundout, and Kaitlyn Morse and Lauren Mitsiaris had RBi singles in the frame.
The Beacons had the bases loaded in the fourth, but St. Germain struck out Morse to get out of the jam. Indorf picked up another RBI in the fifth, bringing around St. Germain who had singled up the middle earlier in the inning. Guerrero was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Arruda hit into an inning ending double play.
UMass Boston added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth before the game was called due to darkness.
St. Germain (10-5) took the loss, striking out four and walking none in 5.1 innings of work.
Around the Horn
- St. Germain kept her hitting streak going, moving to six straight by going 5-for-8 with three runs scored and two RBI, raising her average to .434.
- In each of their last five doubleheaders, the Owls have at least one game without committing an error.
- The game one victory was the first win for the Owls in extra innings this season.
- The Owls conclude their road swing with a visit to Amherst College for a doubleheader that begins at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
- The Beacons host Salem State on Thursday, beginning at 3 p.m.