The Keene State College softball team brought out brooms on Saturday, April 9, sweeping the Rhode Island College Anchorwomen in its first home Little East Conference doubleheader of the season.
According to keeneowls.com, KSC defeated RIC 5-3 in game one and 7-6 in game two. In game one, the Owls offense got off to a hot start plating three runs in the first inning and then single runs in the second and third.
In the circle, senior Mariah Crisp threw a complete game striking out ten hitters and with her fifth strikeout of the ballgame recorded her six-hundredth career strikeout.
The only offense that the Anchorwomen could muster was three runs in the top of the fifth inning. However, Crisp settled down and was able to get out of the jam.
In game one, senior Morgan Fallon led the way with two doubles offensively and drove in two runs. Junior Jen Galavotti had three hits, including a homerun and drove in three runs.
The Owls handed the ball to first-year pitcher Molly St. Germain, who went four innings. St. Germain allowed two runs on six hits and struck out two hitters to pick up the victory.
Keene State fell behind early when RIC plated a first inning run. However, KSC scored three runs in the second to take a 3-1 lead on sophomore Brittany DaMota’s RBI hit. Then junior Kayla Votto followed it up with a two-run single. The Anchorwomen answered back a single run in the top of the third to make it 3-2.
In the bottom of the third inning, sophomore Shae Crosby hit a two-run home run to give the Owls a 5-2 advantage. Keene State was not finished as Fallon hit a two run in the bottom of the fourth to give the Owls a 7-2 advantage.
The Anchorwomen refused to go quietly as they plated four runs off Owls first-year pitcher Leah Rowe over her two innings of work in the fifth and sixth to make it a 7-6 game.
The Owls turned to Crisp in the seventh inning and she shut the door striking out two hitters in the top of the seventh inning to earn the save.
With the sweep, Keene State improves to 3-1 in LEC play and as of April 11, their overall record is at 8-10. The Owls return to conference play this weekend on Saturday, April 16, at Eastern Connecticut State University for doubleheader. First pitch in game one is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
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