KEENE, N.H. – Playing at home for the first time all season and celebrating Senior Day, the Keene State College softball team combined for 17 runs and 24 hits as the Owls swept a conference doubleheader from Rhode Island College on Saturday afternoon. KSC won the opener 10-4 and followed that up with a 7-3 victory in the nightcap.
- Keene State: 8-16, 4-4 LEC
- Rhode Island College: 7-15, 1-9 LEC
How It Happened – Game One
Keene State scored early and often, putting up crooked numbers in each of the first two frames, while Molly St. Germain (5-8) tossed all seven innings and earned the win. The Owls got multiple-hit efforts from four different players in the opener, with Kristin Boduch going 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and three runs scored. Cassie Woods doubled twice and drove in two, while Olivia Indorf and Brittany DaMota each went 2-for-4. Indorf also had 2 RBIs.
KSC had the bats going right away against Erica Fleming (3-8) in the bottom of the first, as Boduch led off with a single and Shae Crosby followed with a double to the right center field gap. St. Germain then helped her own cause with a sac fly to right and, later in the inning, Lauren Rousseau's fly ball produced another run as the Owls took a 2-0 lead.
The bats were back at it in the next inning, as Keene State addred three more runs for a 5-0 advantage. Woods reached with a one-out double and advanced to third on Boduch's bunt single. Crosby's ground out scored Woods and, later in the inning, Indorf brought home two with a single up the middle as KSC's offense had six hits in the first two innings.
The Anchorwomen responded, though, getting within two over the next few frames. In the third, Nicole Venturini doubled with two down and scored on Shaelyn DaSilveira's infield single, making it 5-1. Venturini was at it again in the fifth, this time blasting a two-run homer over the left field fence as RIC drew within 5-3.
However, a five-run response for the Owls in the fifth put the game away. Rousseau singled to lead off and, after a fly out, DaMota singled and Julie Elwell walked as Keene State loaded the bases. Three consecutive doubles then cleared them and more, as Woods scored two by hitting the left-center field gap and Boduch lined one to left, making it 8-3. Brooke Arruda then brought home two more as the Owls broke into double-digits with a seven-run lead.
That was more than enough for St. Germain, who retired RIC in order in the sixth and only allowed an unearned run in the seventh as KSC cruised to the win. She struck out six and allowed just four hits in the complete game effort. The Owls offense, meanwhile, had five doubles and got at least one RBI from seven different people.
How It Happened – Game Two
Much like the first game, Keene State took an early lead and tacked on from there in finishing off the conference sweep. JoEllen Racicot and Indorf each went 2-for-2 while driving in two runs in the win. St. Germain also had a multiple-hit effort and scored twice. Rousseau, Alexis Blanchette, and Woods each drove in a run.
Keene State was ahead in the first inning again, as they struck for a pair to take the early advantage. Boduch worked a leadoff walk and advanced to third on two groundouts before scoring on Indorf's infield single. Rousseau then followed with a double to left that scored Indorf for a 2-0 lead.
Rhode Island College starter Briana Gough (4-7) helped her own cause by slicing into the lead in the very next half inning with a solo homer that made it 2-1. The Anchorwomen mounted another threat in the third, putting the tying run in scoring position on a single and a hit batter, but Olivia McGrath (2-6) got out of it by striking out Chelsea Schott.
The Owls followed that up with a run in the bottom half of that inning and two in both the fourth and fifth innings to pull away. In the third, St. Germain started a two-out rally by singling and stealing second. Indorf then stroked a single to right that put KSC up 3-1. After a quick top of the fourth, the Owls added on in the bottom half. Arruda singled and Blanchette walked before Racicot cranked a run-scoring double. Woods then hit a hard comebacker to the circle that went for an infield single as the Owls took a 5-1 lead. Two more run-scoring base hits from Blanchette and Racicot in the fifth provided Keene State's sixth and seventh runs of the contest.
St. Germain relieved McGrath to start the sixth and stranded two after striking out both Michaela DeAngelis and Cristin Chiaverini looking. The Anchorwomen had one last rally in the seventh, as they put two on to start the frame courtesy of an error and a single to right. After another strikeout, Emma Simmons was hit with a pitch and Schott followed with a two-run single to left that made it 7-3. However, St. Germain got Gough to line out to short and struck out Kelsey Wood to end the game and seal KSC's second conference win of the day.
Around the Horn
- St. Germain's ten strikeouts on the day move her into eighth on the all-time KSC list, surpassing Katie Thompson '03.
- Keene State has scored 23 runs in their last four games and has had at least ten hits in three straight.
- This marked the latest in a season that Keene State had their first home games since 2007, when the Owls did not play at Owl Athletic Complex until April 24.
- KSC has now swept Rhode Island College in each of the last five seasons.
- Before the first game, Keene State honored Boduch, DaMota, Crosby, and Indorf for their contributions to the program.
- Keene State has a quick turnaround, as they will host Plymouth State for another conference doubleheader tomorrow, April 21, at 1:00 pm.
- Rhode Island College is also in action tomorrow at the same time for a non-conference doubleheader at Wheaton (Mass.).