Softball Sweeps First-Place Cobleskill

Junior Liz Warren tossed a complete-game two-hitter with 10 strikeouts as softball swept first-place SUNY Cobleskill Friday (photo courtesy of Alex Milazzo).
Junior Liz Warren tossed a complete-game two-hitter with 10 strikeouts as softball swept first-place SUNY Cobleskill Friday (photo courtesy of Alex Milazzo).

Dropping both games of Tuesday's doubleheader to SUNY Cobleskill really bothered the student-athletes on the Keuka College softball team.

So when the Wolfpack had a chance to enact some revenge against the Tigers, the Green and Gold capitalized, returning the favor with a doubleheader sweep of Cobleskill on a blustery Friday afternoon in Keuka Park, N.Y.

Junior Ally Muller (Bath, N.Y./Haverling) and freshman Megan Wilbur (Waverly, N.Y./Waverly) each smacked two-run home runs in support of junior Liz Warren (Elmira Heights, N.Y./Thomas A. Edison) in the opener.

Thanks to Muller and Wilbur's round-trippers, Warren, who tossed a complete-game two-hitter, improved to 7-2 as the Wolfpack won the opener, 4-1.

In game two, junior Brianna Bush (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan) allowed four runs (one earned) on seven hits with five strikeouts as the Green and Gold (12-6, 12-4 NEAC) completed the sweep, winning 10-4 against Cobleskill (19-4, 13-3).

Bush helped herself at the plate, going 2-for-3 with three RBI, while Muller drove in two runs and freshman Mickenzie Palmer (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) was 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Wolfpack.

Sophomore Samantha Blum (Niskayuna, N.Y./Colonie) went 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored as Keuka secured its fifth doubleheader sweep of the year.

"We really wanted some revenge today, we really wanted to come back and get a sweep, and we came back and showed how good of a team we are," said Muller, a first-team All-NEAC second baseman in 2014 who is batting .373 in 2015.

"It all started with our pitchers, they really worked hard and pitched great today, and it showed. This sweep is great, there's so much excitement and it gets us going and motivated to come back out here tomorrow and play SUNY Poly. This team has a lot of potential, we just have to finish the season strong."

The first game was a pitchers' duel, as Warren and Cobleskill's Erin Wadsworth combined to toss a six-hitter. Warren struck out a season-high 10 batters and did not allow a walk. She allowed only a single after a first-inning home run, retiring 15 consecutive batters in another dominant start.

Muller put the Wolfpack on top for good in the bottom of the first. After Blum led off with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch, Muller crushed a pitch over the fence in left center field for a 2-1 lead.

The score remained the same until the sixth. Muller reached on a throwing error, and after two straight outs were recorded, Wilbur launched her first collegiate home run over the left field fence for a 4-1 lead.

Warren used a groundout and back-to-back strikeouts to end the opener.

In game two, the Tigers scored twice in the first, but the Wolfpack answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Keuka scored a run on an error, and with runners on second and third with two outs, Bush laced a two-run double to right field for a 3-2 lead.

After Bush retired the side in the second, Muller smacked an RBI double and Palmer sent a two-run single through the left side for a 6-2 lead.

Cobleskill pulled within 6-4 thanks to a Morgan Nichols' two-run homer, but Bush hit an RBI single in the fifth, and Keuka tacked on three runs in the sixth to close out the Fighting Tigers.

"We came out today to prove a point: that we're here, we're ready to play and we're ready to show that we're coming for that NEAC championship," said Blum, who earned second-team All-NEAC North in 2014 and who is hitting .419 in 2015.

"Today, it was everyone helping us get these big wins. It was a team effort and it feels great to get this sweep. I feel like I'm swinging the bat well, but most of the time when I'm out there I'm thinking about how I can help my team, what I can do to get those runs."

Keuka hosts NEAC rival SUNY Polytechnic at 1 p.m. Saturday on Parents' Day.