READING, Pa. – The Keuka College Softball team lost in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Championship to host Penn St.-Berks by the score of 8-0 on Sunday. The Wolves earlier defeated Penn St.-Abington 11-10 to make it to the championship game.
Keuka College finishes the season with a school-record 27 victories. The Wolves were 27-11 overall after finishing the conference regular season with a 23-1 record.
Jessie Hammers capped off her freshman season with six hits on the day for Keuka College. She set the team record for the most hits in a single season. Katelyn Warren had five hits on the day. Warren also scored two runs and drove in a pair. Samantha Blum also had two runs score and two RBIs while collecting three hits for the Green and Gold.
Keuka College 11 vs. Penn St.-Abington 10 - 8 innings, NEAC Consolation Bracket Final
The Keuka College offense was clicking from the beginning against the Nittany Lions. The Wolves sent all nine batters to the plate in the opening inning. Keuka College had seven hits in the frame and left the first inning with a 4-0 lead. The Wolves added to their lead on an RBI single by Samantha Blum in the second. Abington responded with three runs in the third, but Jessie Hammers hit an inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the inning to push the margin back to four, 7-3. However momentum sided with Penn St.-Abington. The Nittany Lions plated three more runs in the fourth, tied the game in the sixth and took an 8-7 lead in the seventh. In the bottom of the seventh, Maddie Dupuis tied the game, reaching on a fielders choice. The game would go to extra innings. The Nittany Lions used a pair of doubles to score two runs in the top of the inning. In the bottom, Samantha Blum single and stole second to leave runners on second and third with no outs. Katelyn Warren singled up the middle for Keuka College to score both runners and tie the game. Warren moved to third on an Abington error and scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly by Alexa Brown.
Lead Wolf: Jessie Hammers set a new career-high with four hits in the game against Penn St.-Abington. The freshman also drove in two runs, scored two runs, and stole two bases. Her inside-the-park home run was the first of her career.
Keuka College 0 at Penn St.-Berks 5 – 5 innings, NEAC Championship Game
Keuka College was able to threaten early, getting their leadoff batter aboard in each of the first four innings. However the Wolves were unable to get the big hit to score a run. Penn St.-Berks pushed one across in the third and added to their lead with two runs in the fourth. The game ended in the fifth inning as Penn St.-Berks scored five runs in the inning to defeat Keuka College 8-0 and win the North Eastern Athletic Conference Championship.
Lead Wolf: Katelyn Warren finished the game a perfect 2-2 for Keuka College. She provided leadoff singles in both the second and fourth innings for the Wolves.
- Keuka College is now 4-1 against Penn St.-Abington all-time
- It was just the second time the Wolves went to extra innings in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament. Keuka College defeated Penn St.-Berks in eight innings last year
- Penn St.-Berks drew the series closer between them and Keuka College. The Wolves still hold a 10-9 advantage in their 19 meetings
- Jessie Hammers passed Sara James for the most hits in a single season in school history with 52
- Samantha Blum finished her Keuka College career with 135 hits (3rd), 100 runs (4th), 21 doubles (6th), 10 triples (t4th), 11 home runs (2nd), 85 RBIs (t2nd), and 32 stolen bases (t3rd)