Softball Stays Hot, Sweeps Penn College

Junior Liz Warren pitched a three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and no walks in a dominant start as the Keuka College softball team swept Penn College Saturday.
Junior Liz Warren pitched a three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and no walks in a dominant start as the Keuka College softball team swept Penn College Saturday.

Junior Liz Warren (Elmira Heights, N.Y./Thomas A. Edison) and sophomore Brianna Bush (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan) each earned complete-game wins on the mound as the Keuka College softball team extended its winning streak to 10 with Saturday's sweep of Penn College of Technology at Elm Park in Williamsport, Pa.

Warren pitched a three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and no walks in a dominant start to spark the Wolfpack to a 5-0 win in the opener to run her record to 6-1.

Bush then followed with a seven-hitter, allowing one run with four strikeouts and one walk in a 3-1 win to improve to 4-3 and complete the sweep for the Green and Gold (10-4, 10-2 NEAC).

In each game, the Wolfpack needed a big inning late to earn the win.

In the opener, the game was scoreless heading to the sixth. Warren didn't allow a hit until Jessica Gmerek's two-out double in the fourth, but she retired the next four batters to keep the game scoreless.

Keuka erupted for all five of its runs in the sixth. Freshmen Katelyn Warren (Elmira Heights, N.Y./Thomas A. Edison) and Maddie Dupuis (Cohoes, N.Y./Cohoes) each had RBI singles during the inning as Keuka sent nine batters to the plate.

Keuka tacked on two more runs courtesy of two errors, and took a 5-0 lead when sophomore Alysha Bachman (Seneca Falls, N.Y./Mynderse) scored on a wild pitch.

Warren retired the side in the sixth and seventh to earn the win.

Sophomore Samantha Blum (Niskayuna, N.Y./Colonie) was 2-for-4 with a double, and freshman Mickenzie Palmer (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) was 2-for-3 in the opener.

Keuka completed the sweep despite being outhit by Penn College (7-19, 5-7).

Palmer, Katelyn Warren and junior Jessica Parmiter (Cortland, N.Y./Homer) each had an RBI in the second game.

Penn College threatened to take an early lead, loading the bases with only one out, but Bush induced back-to-back groundouts to escape the jam.

Bush and Penn College starter Shelby Lyter matched each other out for out as the two sides were scoreless until the Wildcats pushed across a run in the bottom of the sixth.

Keuka, which was held hitless through six, countered with three runs in the seventh. With one out, junior Ally Muller (Bath, N.Y./Haverling) singled, and freshman pinch-runner Sue Welch (Palmyra, N.Y./Palmyra-Macedon) scored on Katelyn Warren's triple to left field to even the score.

Palmer's RBI single to left plated Warren, and Parmiter's RBI double to center field scored junior Nicole Wright (Seneca Castle, N.Y./Midlakes) with the Green and Gold's third run of the inning.

Bush retired Penn College in order in the seventh to cap the sweep.

Keuka travels to SUNY Cobleskill Tuesday and SUNY Polytechnic Wednesday for a pair of NEAC doubleheaders before hosting Cobleskill and SUNY Poly on Friday and Saturday.