GORHAM, Maine--Shae Crosby and Courtney Votto each had three hits to lead the Keene State College softball team to a 5-4 win over the University of Southern Maine in the opener of a Little East Conference doubleheader at the USM Softball Stadium on Saturday. The Huskies picked up a 6-5 win in eight innings in the day's second contest.
- Keene State: 4-12, 1-3 LEC
- Southern Maine: 10-11, 2-2 LEC
How it Happened - Game One
Molly St. Germain (3-5) pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts, holding off a late USM comeback attempt in the seventh. The Huskies had taken a 2-0 lead as Courtney Davis knocked in two runs with a double to left in the bottom of the first, but the Owls tied it in the second. Votto beat out a single to short to open the inning, and the Owls loaded the bases, as Brittany DaMota was hit by a pitch and Cassie Woods reached on a bunt single.
Mikayla Pacy singled to center to bring in a pair of runs, and Crosby gave the Owls the lead for good later in the inning, driving in two runs with a single through the right side. Votto made it 5-2 in the top of the fifth when she launched her first career home run to center field with one down in the frame.
Southern Maine scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings, but St. Germain struck out Hannah Kenney to end the game. Crosby and Votto both finished the game 3-for-4 - Crosby had two RBI and Votto scored twice. St. Germain, DaMota, Woods, Pacy, Katelyn Hill, and Kristin Boduch each had one hit to lead the Owls 12-hit attack.
How it Happened - Game Two
The Owls looked to be set for another win until the Huskies forced extra innings with four runs in the seventh, and walked off with the win in the eighth.
Much like game one, the Huskies took the lead in the opening inning with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Taylor Lux, and similarly, the Owls responded with three runs in the third. DaMota reached on an error with one out, and took second on a fielder's choice that allowed Woods to reach. Boduch moved both runners up when she tapped back to the pitcher, but Crosby followed with a single, and an error on the play allowed both runners to score as the Owls took the lead.
Votto drove in another run with a single to right. In the fifth, Boduch reached on an error and scored on Crosby's single to left field. The Owls tacked on another run in the sixth as Issie Pratt hit a leadoff double, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on Boduch's single to right. The Huskies refused to go away, loading the bases in the bottom of the seventh on a pair of bunt singles and another hit from Lux, before Davis brought all three runners home with a single of her own.
Kenney tied the game with a single through the right side, before St. Germain, on as a reliever, got out the inning without further damage. Boduch singled up the middle with two out in the eighth, but was left stranded as Crosby hit one back to the pitcher, and USM won it in the bottom half when Erin Martin walked, stole second, and scored on a single by Brittany Plowman.
Around the Horn
- St. Germain added one more strikeout in her relief appearance in game two; her combined eight strikeouts leave her with 199 for her career. She also sits just outside the top 10 in school history, needing 14 to pass Missy Zimmerman (212 strikeouts from 2000-03) for 10th all-time.
- The Owls split the doubleheader with the Huskies for the third year in a row.
- It was KSC's seventh game this year decided by a single run.
- Keene State is on the road, traveling to Westfield State on April 10 for a doubleheader that begins at 3:30 p.m.
- The Huskies are also in action on Tuesday, when they will host the University of New England at 3 p.m.