CLERMONT, Fla.--The Keene State College softball team suffered a pair of tough losses on Friday, with a 7-4 defeat to Albright College and a 6-4 loss to St. Mary's (Ind.) at Hancock Field.
- Keene State: 1-7
- Albright: 4-3
- St. Mary's: 12-1
How it Happened - Albright
The Owls outhit the Lions, but could not take advantage of five Albright errors in a 7-4 loss. Olivia Indorf, Molly St. Germain, and Issie Pratt each had two hits, while JoEllen Racicot, Mikayla Pacy, Cassie Woods, and Kristin Boduch all had one.
St. Germain (1-3) went the distance, striking out four. It was Keene State who took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, as Racicot led off the game with a single to center and into scoring position on Indorf's first hit of the game before scoring on St. Germain's hit to left field.
The Lions went in front in the bottom half of the inning when Camille Sears and Armida Roman both drove in runs, but the Owls went in front again in fourth inning, making good use of three Albright errors in the inning, including two on one play that allowed Pratt and St. Germain to score.
Albright went back in front for good with four runs in the bottom of the fourth, and added another in the fifth to take a 7-3 lead. Keene State tried to put together a two-out rally in the top of the seventh, as St. Germain singled and took second on an error before Pratt singled her home, but Pacy flew out to center to end the game.
How it Happened - St. Mary's
Keene State twice had the winning run at the plate, but could not complete the comeback in a 6-4 defeat. Boduch and Crosby each had a pair of hits and Indorf drove in two runs for the Owls. Olivia McGrath started and allowed just two earned runs in five innings, and Pratt scattered one hit over the final two frames.
The Belles loaded the bases in the second inning, bringing in two runs and could have had more, but Boduch's relay throw to Crosby was on the mark, and Crosby fired home to cut down Madelynne Keller at the plate. After St. Mary's added single runs in the third and fourth innings, Keene State got on the board in the fourth inning.
Boduch reached on a bunt single and moved to second on Crosby's single to left before Indorf doubled in a run with a hit to center. After St. Germain singled, Indorf stole home to make it a 4-2 game.
After the Belles made it 6-2 with two more runs in the top of the sixth, the rally began for the Owls with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Three singles from Pacy, Boduch, and Crosby loaded the bases for Indorf, who drove in Pacy with a groundout to second base. KSC loaded the bases again in the seventh as Lauren Rousseau doubled to left and Brittany DaMota and Cassie Woods were both hit by a pitch. Pacy drove in another run with a groundout to first, but Boduch grounded out to short as the game ended.
Around the Horn
- With her hit in game one, Racicot upped her batting average to a team leading .417.
- St. Germain is now 20 strikeouts away from 200 for her career.
- Keene State's trip to Florida comes to an end with games against Lawrence (Wis.) at 9 am and Carroll (Wis.) at 7 pm., on Saturday, March 16.