KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – The Keuka College Softball team split a doubleheader with the Rochester Institute of Technology in their home opener at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex Wednesday afternoon.
The Green and Gold defeated the Tigers 2-1 in the first game, but fell to RIT 4-1 in eight innings in the second.
Keuka College (2-4) will look towards the weekend as they open North Eastern Athletic Conference play. Keuka will travel to SUNY Cobleskill on Saturday and play at SUNY Poly on Sunday.
The Green and Gold got on the board first against the Tigers. Alysha Bachman led the second inning off with a walk. Jessica Parmiter went to bunt Bachman over. RIT threw the ball away, leaving runners at the corners with no outs. Parmiter would steal second and Nicole Wright hit a one-out single to right field to score Bachman. During the next at bat, Wright was thrown out attempting to steal second base, but Parmiter came home on the play to give Keuka a 2-0 lead.
The starting pitcher for Keuka, Liz Warren, made the lead stick. The senior allowed only one unearned run in the fourth inning. Warren pitched the complete game for Keuka, allowing just four hits. She tied the school record with 12 strikeouts in the game. Warren earned her second victory of the season as Keuka defeated RIT 2-1.
Keuka College once again got out to a quick lead over RIT. Samantha Blum walked in the bottom of the first. The junior stole second base, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on a passed ball to give Keuka a 1-0 lead.
RIT was able to threaten Keuka in every inning. Overall, they had at least one base runner in all but one of the innings. The Tigers pushed across a run in the fourth inning, converting a leadoff single with a two-out hit to tie the game at 1-1.
The game went to extra innings. Starting with a runner on second base, RIT led the inning off with a double. Keuka intentionally walked the next batter to load the bases with no outs. Brianna Bush struck out the next two batters, leaving the bases loaded with two outs. The Tigers took the lead on the next batter, scoring a run on a fielder's choice where Keuka was unable to get an out. The third run scored via a wild pitch and a fourth came home on a single. The damage could have been worse, but Samantha Blum threw out a runner at home from centerfield to end the inning.
The Green and Gold would fall in order in the bottom of the eighth inning as RIT earned the sweep, defeating Keuka College 4-1.