MONTCLAIR, N.J.--Emma Pede hit her first career home run as the Keene State College softball team was swept in a road doubleheader at Montclair State University, 12-2 and 4-0, on Saturday afternoon.
- Keene State: 3-9
- Montclair State: 8-4
How it Happened - Game One
The Owls struggled, managing only three hits and committing five errors in the opener. Montclair State opened up the lead with a single run in the first inning and three more in the second before the Owls got on the board.
Molly St. Germain led off the third inning with a single up the middle, and moved all the way to third on Brittany DaMota's sacrifice. Mikayla Pacy lofted a sacrifice fly to center to bring St. Germain home and breakup the shutout. The Red Hawks moved further in front with two more runs in the third and six in the fourth, before Pede, playing in her home state as a college athlete for the first time, launched her first collegiate home run down the line to left to lead off the fifth.
St. Germain (2-4) went the distance for the Owls, recording one strikeout and walking three. Olivia Indorf had Keene State's other hit.
How it Happened - Game Two
Freshman catcher Lauren Rousseau went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles in the nightcap to lead the Owls. Olivia McGrath (0-4) and Issie Pratt each pitched three innings, and both recorded two strikeouts. Shae Crosby, Indorf, Courtney Votto, and Cassie Woods all had one hit each for Keene State.
Montclair scored single runs in each inning from the second through the fifth innings. The Owls' best chance to score came in the fifth inning, when Rousseau doubled with one out. Woods followed with a single, but Rousseau was caught in a rundown between third and home and Pratt flew out to left to end the inning.
Rousseau doubled again with two down in the seventh, and Woods was hit by a pitch to put two on for Pratt, but the game ended on a flyout to center.
Around the Horn
- Woods is now 3-for-7 with a double and two runs in her last three games.
- Pratt's ERA now stands at 2.47, the fourth lowest total in the Little East Conference. St. Germain's strikeout in game one gave her sole possesion of the league lead in strikeouts with 35.
- Pede's home run was also her first career hit.
- The Owls are off until March 31, when they are slated to begin Little East Conference play on the road against UMass Dartmouth, in a doubleheader that begins at 1 p.m.
- The Red Hawks will host Hunter College (N.Y.) on March 27 at 3 p.m.