PLYMOUTH, N.H.--Shae Crosby singled in the winning run in the top of the seventh inning to give the Keene State College softball team a 4-3 win in the opener of a Little East Conference doubleheader against Plymouth State University at D&M Park on Thursday afternoon. The Panthers took the second game, 2-1.
- Keene State: 15-17, 6-6 LEC
- Plymouth State: 18-15-1, 6-6 LEC
How It Happened - Game One
The Owls went in front in the first, as Votto reached on an error and St. Germain's infield single moved her to third. A well executed double-steal brought Votto in with the first run of the game.
Keene State increased the lead to 3-0 in the fourth, as Crosby and Olivia Indorf led off with singles, and moved up on Brooke Arruda's sacrifice. DaMota stroked a single to centerfield that plated both runners.
Plymouth State tied it in the bottom of the fourth, as Emma Rhodes doubled in two runs and Haley Birch had an RBI groundout.
It remained tied until the seventh, as Votto and St. Germain both singled to set the table for Crosby, who singled through the left side to bring Votto around. St. Germain slammed the door shut in the seventh, getting Abrie Davis to fly out to right to end the game
How It Happened - Game Two
Five different Keene State players recorded a hit, but the Owls could not force extra innings in game two.
Rhodes and Davis had RBI singles to give Plymouth State the lead in the bottom of the third. The Owls got on the board in the sixth, as JoEllen Racicot led off with a single through the left side, and moved all the way to third on Kristin Boduch's groundout and Kayla Votto's single. St. Germain then singled to left for an RBI single that scored Racicot.
Crosby sacrificed to move up St. Germain and Votto, and Indorf was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Arruda fouled out to third base to end the threat.
Boduch came to the plate as the go-ahead run in the seventh after Racicot had reached on a fielder's choice, but she lined out to shortstop to end the game.
Gabby Bielak (1-1) went the first three innings, striking out four and allowing five hits. St. Germain scattered two hits over the final three innings.
Around the Horn
- Due to a glut of makeup games around the LEC, the Owls' potential playoff scenarios remain up in the air. The Owls could still finish in a variety of positions in a very congested LEC.
- The full conference standings and playoff field will be announced on Sunday afternoon.
- DaMota remains the only KSC player to play in all 32 games this season. Her two RBI this afternoon give her 16 this season, and 29 for her career.
- Keene State closes out the regular season by hosting UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, April 29, at 1 p.m.
- Plymouth State will host Rhode Island College on Saturday, April 29, also beginning at 1 p.m.