VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. -- The Keuka College Softball team opened their 2016 season on Saturday in the Virginia Wesleyan College Beach Bash.
Keuka College (0-2) dropped their first game of the day against Randolph-Macon College 10-3. In the nightcap, the Green and Gold played a tight game with Shenandoah University. The game with the Hornets went into extra innings, but Shenandoah pulled it out 3-2 in eight innings.
The Green and Gold will return to action on Sunday with two more games at the Princess Anne Complex in Virginia Beach, Va. Keuka College will face Baruch College at 10am and then Frostburg State at 12pm.
In the opening game against Randolph-Macon, defense bit the Green and Gold as they committed five errors, leading to five unearned runs. At the plate, Samantha Blum and Janessa Vaadi each had a pair of hits. Blum also drove in a pair of runs. Vaadi's pinch hit single in the fifth marked her first career hit for Keuka. Mackenzie Cole also drove in a run for Keuka.
The Yellow Jackets got a run in the first two innings for the early lead. They then broke the game open with eight runs in the fifth, with five of them being unearned. Keuka got on the board in the bottom of the inning as Jessica Parmiter singled, Alysha Bachman walked, and Vaadi singled to load the bases. Cole brought home a run on a groundout and Blum brought a pair home with a two-out single. That would cap the scoring for the game, however, as Randolph-Macon defeated Keuka College 10-3.
Against the Hornets, Keuka got hits from Mackenzie Cole, Samantha Blum, Katelyn Warren and Alysha Bachman. Bachman had the lone RBI for the Green and Gold with a single in the seventh. Keuka pushed two more runs across on a throwing error and a wild pitch to take a 3-2 lead over Shenandoah. The Hornets answered with a two-out RBI in the bottom of the inning to tie the game and force extra innings.
Playing with the international tie-breaker, Samantha Blum started the eighth on second base and quickly advanced to third on a wild pitch. Shenandoah would escape the inning as Alyssa Prince ripped a line drive to first base that was caught and Blum was doubled off of third to end the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Shenandoah's runner was bunted to third and scored on a hit in the next at bat for the 3-2 victory.