NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass.--The Keene State College softball team fell in its conference opening doubleheader on Saturday, 5-1 and 5-4 at UMass Dartmouth.
- Keene State: 3-11, 0-2 LEC
- UMass Dartmouth, 13-5, 2-0 LEC
How it Happened - Game One
The Owls had seven hits but committed five errors in the game one defeat. JoEllen Racicot was 3-for-4, and Molly St. Germain supported her own cause in the circle with a pair of hits. The Corsairs took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a 2-RBI double by Emily Colton and a run-scoring single by Kylie Fletcher.
It remained 3-0 until the fourth, when the Owls got on the board courtesy of Olivia Indorf's first home run of the year, a leadoff shot to right-center to begin the inning. The Owls had the go-ahead run at the plate in the fifth, loading the bases with two out as Racicot singled to center and Shae Crosby and Indorf walked, but Courtney Votto grounded out to end the inning.
St. Germain was 60 feet from home in the sixth, reaching on a single and moving to third on a groundout and a passed ball, but was left stranded when Cassie Woods flew out to left field. UMass Dartmouth added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to account for the final margin.
St. Germain (2-5) went the distance, recording two strikeouts in six innings of work.
How it Happened - Game Two
Eight different batters recorded a hit for Keene State, which owned an early 3-0 lead as Crosby reached on an error, stole second, and scored on another error in the first. The Owls added two more in the second when Racicot and Brittany DaMota reached base, setting the table for Kristin Boduch, who stroked a 2-RBI double to left-center that made it 3-0.
An infield single by Cierra Sheerin and a sacrifice fly from Jill Richards gave the Corsairs two runs back in the bottom of the third, and Richards gave UMD the lead for good by singling in two runs in the fifth.
DaMota reached on an error with one out in the sixth and went to third on Boduch's sacrifice bunt, but pinch-hitter Emma Pede grounded out to third to end the inning. The Owls put together a 2-out rally in the top of the seventh, getting a double from Indorf and an RBI single from Lauren Rousseau that made it a 5-4 game. Rousseau took third on a wild pitch before Alexis Blanchette popped up to third base to end the game.
Indorf and Rousseau each had two hits for Keene State, while Crosby, St Germain, Blanchette, Racicot, DaMota, and Boduch each had one. Issie Pratt (1-2) took the loss with 2.1 innings of relief. Olivia McGrath started and went three innings in the circle.
Around the Horn
- It was the sixth home run of Indorf's career, extended her current hit streak to eight games and raising her average to .341.
- Today's results marked the first time Keene State was swept by UMass Dartmouth, but the Owls lead the all-time series 34-8.
- St. Germain's 2-for-3 performance in game one was her team leading fourth multi-hit game of the year.
- Keene State travels to Western New England for a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 4, at 3:30 p.m.
- The Corsairs are off until April 5, when they hit the road for games at Bridgewater State.