KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Molly St. Germain went 2-for-3 with an RBI at the plate and allowed just one earned run in a complete game effort in the circle as the Keene State College softball team nipped Washington College (Md.) 2-1 on Friday morning at the Fortune Road Complex. The Owls fell 6-0 to Wisconsin Lutheran College in the afternoon affair.
- Keene State: 4-6
- Washington College: 4-10
- Wisconsin Lutheran: 9-1
How It Happened - Washington College
In addition to St. Germain, Courtney Votto went 1-for-2 with a walk, run and stolen base. Alexis Blanchette and Cassie Woods also had singles as the Owls won their second straight one-run contest. Brittany Walker was 1-for-2 with a walk and drove in Washington College's lone run of the game.
KSC got on the board quickly in the fast-moving contest, as Julie Elwell walked to lead off the bottom of the first and eventually swiped second. St. Germain, after retiring the side in order to begin the game, helped her own cause with an RBI double to left center for a 1-0 lead. The Shorewomen struck right back with a two-out tally in the top of the second. Rachel DiMarcello walked to lead off the inning and moved up to third after a sacrifice bunt and a grounder before Brittany Walker scored her with an RBI double to tie the game. St. Germain worked out of brief trouble to keep it 1-1 in the third after Washington College put two on, and the Owls retook the lead with a two-out rally in the bottom of the fourth. A strikeout and fly out started the frame, but Votto walked and stole second to keep the inning alive. Blanchette followed with an infield single that advanced Votto to third, who then scored after Megan Robbins' throwing error on the same play. Leading 2-1, St. Germain handled things from there, retiring the next six Shorewomen. Washington College did mount a threat in the top of the seventh, as Brittany Walker walked and advanced to second on Grace Moery's infield single with two outs, but a bouncer to third ended the game.
St. Germain (2-3) picked up the win, allowing one run and four hits in seven innings while striking out four. Maddie Bennett (2-5) took the loss for the Shorewomen.
How It Happened - Wisconsin Lutheran
The Owls could not get their offense going in the day's second game, as Wisconsin Lutheran's Jessie Rago allowed just one hit - a two-out single in the seventh - while doing the distance. The Warriors broke open a scoreless game with a six-run third and were in command after that while winning their fourth straight.
Despite not having a hit until the seventh, KSC did advance a runner into scoring position in the opening inning after Kylie Frank was hit by a pitch and later stole second, but a pair of foul outs stranded her there. Meanwhile, Owls starter Alexis Blanchette matched Rago in the early going, striking out two in a 1-2-3 first before allowing just a two-out double in the second. Still scoreless, Wisconsin Lutheran had the first five batters of the bottom of the third reach and wound up scoring six times in the frame. Megan Belongia's bunt single with the bases loaded got the Warriors on the board (1-0), and they extended the lead to 2-0 when the next batter, Karah Ritacco, singled to right. A grounder and a fielder's choice doubled the WLC advantage before Jules Morini drove in two more with a single, making it 6-0. Neither team advanced a runner past second base after that. KSC pinch-hitter Mallory LeBlanc reached on Morini's throwing error with two outs in the fourth, but went no further, and KSC did not have another baserunner until Rousseau's single to center that spoiled the no-hit bid with two outs in the seventh.
Blanchette (1-1) struck out three over 2 1/3 innings, but took the loss. Olivia McGrath followed with 3 2/3 innings of one-hit relief. Rago (4-0) allowed just one hit and struck out one over the seven innings.
Around the Horn
- The Owls finish their Spring Break trip scoring 47 runs in 10 games, hitting .271 as a team. Votto is a team-leading 14-for-28 at the plate, while Frank is 12-for-33.
- St. Germain pitched 33 innings in Florida, allowing just 12 earned runs while striking out 28 (2.55 ERA).
- Keene State's only previous matchup against Wisconsin Lutheran was a 7-6 win in 2011. Overall, the Owls played eight first time opponents on the trip.
- KSC has a week off before heading south again, this time to New Jersey for a doubleheader with Montclair State University on Friday, March 22 at 2:00 pm.
- Washington College hosts a twinbill against Stockton University on March 21.
- Wisconsin Lutheran travels to Dominican University (Ill.) for two on March 24.