By John Boccacino/Sports Information Director
The Keuka College softball team advanced in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) postseason tournament with a 5-3 win over Wilson (Pa.) College Saturday morning in Reading, Pa.
Juniors Mackenzie Cole (Ogdensburg, N.Y./Ogdensburg Free Academy) and Ally Muller (Bath, N.Y./Haverling) each delivered clutch run-scoring hits, as did freshman Katelyn Warren (Elmira Heights, N.Y./Thomas A. Edison) during a three-run third inning to spark the Wolfpack (18-7), the NEAC North regular season champions.
Warren was 2-for-2 with two RBI, a walk and a run scored, Cole was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI, and Muller had an RBI triple to lift the Green and Gold past the Phoenix (19-12).
Sophomore Samantha Blum (Niskayuna, N.Y./Colonie) was 1-for-3 with two runs scored, a triple and a walk, and junior Liz Warren (Elmira Heights, N.Y./Thomas A. Edison) improved to 10-3 after tossing another quality start.
Warren allowed three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts as Keuka won its NEAC tournament opener and advanced to day three of competition.
The Wolfpack, who claimed the NEAC title six straight seasons from 2007-12, will take on host Penn State-Berks (17-12) at 10 a.m. Sunday.
The winner of Keuka/Berks advances into the NEAC championship round, while the loser must play their way back out of the consolation bracket and into the championship round.
The NEAC postseason champion earns the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III tournament.
Fans can track each tournament game using the NEAC tournament page, http://psuberksathletics.com/sports/2015/4/29/SB_0429150137.aspx?id=111.
Taking on the Phoenix, Wilson scored on a sacrifice bunt in the first, but Keuka pulled even in the bottom of the inning. Blum walked, Cole reached on an error, and Katelyn Warren delivered an RBI single to knot the score at one.
The Wolfpack pounced for three runs in the third. Blum blasted a one-out triple and scored on Cole's RBI double. Muller plated Cole on an RBI triple down the right field line, and Muller scored on Warren's RBI single for a 4-1 lead.
The Phoenix scored twice in the fourth to make it a one-run contest, but Keuka mounted a two-out rally to score an insurance run in the fifth.
Warren retired the side in the sixth and worked around trouble in the seventh to lift the Green and Gold to its eighth win in the last nine games.