KSC softball split in the Little East Conference (LEC) opener against the University of Southern Maine on Sunday, April 9 at the Owl Athletic Complex. Senior Kayla Votto had two hits and two RBIs, while Olivia Indorf had a pair of hits. Molly St Germain threw a complete game with six hits and six strikeouts.
The Owls took the first point on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning when Votto beat out an infield single and moved to second on an illegal pitch. Jenny Galavotti had a single up in the middle to bring her around.
The scored remained 1-0 until the top of the fourth, when the Huskies touched St Germain for three runs. Southern Maine had a one-out single and moved to third. The Huskies had the bases loaded before they singled in a pair of runs with a hit through the right side, while the Huskies scored.
Keene State scored and tied the game up in the bottom of the fifth, thanks to Mikayla Pacy’s hit. Kristin Boduch reached on a fielder’s choice and Pacy moved up as an errant throw from Southern Maine pulled second baseman Taylor Lux off of the bag. Votto followed with a double to deep center to bring both runners home. The Owls won in the bottom of the seventh as Southern Maine’s reliever Haeli Campbell issued walks to Votto, Brittany DaMota and Galavotti to open the inning. Indorf lofted a sacrifice fly to straight center field, while Votto ran home.
The University of Southern Maine (USM) started Amber Kelly, who held the Owls to just six hits, and the Owls were shutout just for the second time this season. The Huskies doubled in a pair of runs in the top of the first that put them in the lead for good.
USM singled another run in the fourth and added two more runs in the fifth. The Owls’ best attempt to score was in the second inning when Aliza Guerrero singled, stole second and moved to third on Shae Crosby’s groundout, but Allie Canavan struck out and Pacy’s ground ball back to the pitcher left Guerrero stranded.
The Huskies errored in the bottom of the third, which allowed Votto to get to second, but she was caught stealing third. Votto hit a double to left-center in the sixth, but then again was left in scoring position when DaMota flew out to center to end the inning.
Indorf (0-2) took the loss going into the first four innings and notched one strikeout. Summer Cavanaugh threw one inning to relief and then St Germain came back to throw the final two innings..
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