KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Keene State College softball team scored six times in the seventh and four in the eighth to post a run-filled 13-11 come-from-behind win over Webster University (Mo.) in the first of two games on Monday at the Fortune Road Complex. The Owls fell to Swarthmore College (Pa.) 5-3 in the second game.
- Keene State: 2-2
- Webster: 1-6
- Swarthmore: 4-0
How It Happened - Webster
KSC faced a 5-0 deficit after one inning, then watched a 9-6 lead vanish in the final inning before putting up four runs in the eighth to hold on to a wild victory. The Owls' offense remained hot, as Courtney Votto went 2-for-3 with a triple, three runs batted in, two runs scored and a walk. Cassie Woods, who put Keene State ahead in extras, finished 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base. Kylie Frank tripled in a 2-for-5 effort. She drove in two runs and scored twice. Webster had 11 hits, 10 of them singles.
The Gorloks raced out to a 5-0 lead after one inning, as six consecutive people reached after the leadoff batter was retired. Keene State had an immediate answer, though, when Lauren Rousseau doubled to kick off the second and eventually scored along with Courtney Votto (walk) when Alexis Blanchette reached on a bunt single. The second run came across when Webster starter Kaitlyn Johnson threw the ball away. The teams exchanged runs on miscues in the bottom of the second and top of the third, and the Owls still found themselves trailing 6-3. Johnson settled down for the Gorloks, as did Blanchette, who relieved starter Paige Gouldthorpe in the first inning, for the Owls, and as a result the scoring slowed considerably. Webster mounted a brief threat in the bottom of the fifth, but that went by the boards, as neither team scored in the middle innings. Down three, KSC roared back, scoring six runs in the seventh, five after two were out. An RBI single from Frank and a bases-loaded walk drawn by Rousseau brought the Owls within 6-5, and then Votto provided one of the biggest swings of the day, a bases-clearing triple to right center that put KSC up 8-6. A pair of errors in the last half of the seventh helped the Gorloks score three times before the first out was recorded, ultimately sending the game to extras. It did not take long for the Owls to answer, as they filled the bases with nobody out in the eighth and Woods cleared them for a 12-9 advantage. Frank followed with another run-scoring triple, and KSC held on without too much difficulty after that.
Blanchette (1-0) went the final 7 1/3 innings to pick up the win.
How It Happened - Swarthmore
In a much different second game, Swarthmore's three-run top of the fifth inning proved to be the difference as both starters went the distance. Molly St. Germain (1-1) tossed all seven innings in the circle, striking out six, and also went 1-for-4 with an RBI at the plate. Meghan Moran reached twice on a single and a walk, while Julie Elwell went 1-for-4 and scored a run. KSC's offense generated seven singles from seven different people. The Garnet's Gwen Glatz (1-0) struck out four over her seven innings of pitching, and she helped her own cause by driving in two and doubling in a 2-for-4 showing at the plate.
Glatz accounted for the first run of the game, as her single scored Marit Vike for a 1-0 Swarthmore lead in the opening half inning. Both teams threatened but did not score in the second before the Garnet doubled their lead in the third on Victoria Overbeck's two-out RBI single. However, the Owls went ahead for the first time with three runs in their half of the same inning. An error on Elwell's grounder to short started the frame before Frank reached on a bunt single. St. Germain brought home one with a base hit, and KSC went up 3-2 after scoring on another miscue and a passed ball. The Owls threatened for more after consecutive singles started the bottom of the fourth, but then went down in succession. Swarthmore reassumed the lead in the very next half inning, as Glatz's double tied the game before a passed ball and groundout put KSC in a 5-3 hole. The Owls stranded two in the fifth, as Glatz got out of trouble and wound up retiring the final seven batters to seal the win.
Around the Horn
- KSC has 11 extra-base hits in the early going this season and is hitting .320 as a team.
- Frank, Votto and Woods have all driven in a team-best five runs through four games.
- It was the Owls' first meeting with both schools.
- Keene State is off Tuesday before taking on Susquehanna University (11:45 am) and Haverford College (2:00 pm) on Wednesday, March 13 in Kissimmee.
- Webster closes their Florida trip against the United States Coast Guard Academy and Geneva College (Pa.) tomorrow.
- Swarthmore has matchups with New England foes UMass Boston and Wheaton College (Mass.) on Wednesday in Lakeland, Fla..