KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – The Keuka College Softball team split a doubleheader with Cazenovia College on Saturday at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.
Keuka College (13-7, 11-1 NEAC) won Game 1 by the score of 2-0 but lost Game 2 in extra innings to Cazenovia 6-2.
Keuka College 2 vs. Cazenovia College 0
Saturday's doubleheader opened as a pitcher's duel between Keuka's Colleen Mooney and Cazenovia's Kelsey Schuette. Keuka College was able to put a runner on base each of the first four innings, but each one ended with a runner left on as the game went to the fifth scoreless. The Wolves broke through in the inning. Shannon Johnson led the inning off with a double. Following a walk and a sacrifice bunt, the Wolves had runners on second and third with one out. Brittany Vergason reached on an infield single to score Johnson. Vergason then stole second. The throw from the catcher hit the freshman in her leg and the ball ricocheted into left field. That allowed Tally McDonald to score from third as the Wolves took a 2-0 lead. That lead would stand for Keuka College as the Wolves defeated the Wildcats 2-0
Lead Wolf: Starting pitcher Colleen Mooney controlled the game in the circle. The freshman tied her career-low with only three hits allowed. Mooney got the complete game shutout without allowing a walk and striking out five batters.
Keuka College 2 vs. Cazenovia College 6 – 8 innings
Once again, the opening innings were scoreless between Keuka College and Cazenovia College. It took until the fourth inning for the first runs to be scored with the Wildcats doing the damage. Cazenovia plated two in the fourth for the 2-0 advantage. The Wolves struggled against the starting pitcher for Cazenovia. Keuka College got their first hit of the game in the sixth inning on an Alexa Brown single. However she was quickly retired on an inning ending double play. Keuka would go to their final at bats in the bottom of the seventh trailing 2-0. Consecutive walks opened the inning for Keuka College, but a failed but and a strikeout had the runners still on first and second, now with two outs. A wild pitch advanced them to second and third with Tally McDonald at bat. With a full count and two outs, McDonald hit it back up the middle past the pitcher, through the infield, and into center. Both runners scored and Keuka tied the game at 2-2 as it would continue onto extra innings. Cazenovia's offense took control in the eighth as they scored four to take a 6-2 lead. The Wolves went down in order in the bottom of the inning as they suffered their first North Eastern Athletic Conference loss of the season, falling to Cazenovia 6-2.
Lead Wolf: Tally McDonald had the big hit for Keuka College in Game 2. Starting as the flex player, exclusively playing left field, she pinch hit in the bottom of the seventh and got the game tying single in her only at bat of the game.
- Keuka College is 30-23 all-time against Cazenovia College
- The 30 wins against the Wildcats is the third most against any school in program history behind Wells College (37) and SUNY Poly (34)
- The 53 games played is the most against any single opponent in school history
- Colleen Mooney has now won her previous six starts
- Today was Keuka College's third extra-inning game of the season. They had five in 2016, but none in the 2014 and 2015 seasons
- The Wolves are 3-3 against Cazenovia in games that have gone beyond seven innings
Coming up for Keuka College: The Wolves step out of conference play on Tuesday to host nationally-ranked St. John Fisher College in a doubleheader. The Cardinals are ninth in the NFCA Top 25 and have won the last 11 meetings against Keuka College.