VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Keuka College Softball team dropped a pair of games in Virginia on Saturday to conclude their southern trip.
Keuka College (0-4) lost their opening game of the day to Johnson and Wales 6-5 in nine innings. The Green and Gold then was shutout against Virginia Wesleyan University, 15-0 in five innings.
Johnson and Wales 6 vs. Keuka College 5 – 9 innings
The Green and Gold got out to a fast start in the top of the first inning. Jessie Hammers led the game off with a single and moved to third as Hayley Gorges reached on an error. Brittany Vergason singled to score Hammers, but Gorges, who stole second base, was thrown out at home.
Keuka added to their lead in the third inning. A leadoff walk followed by a Wildcat error put two runners on with no outs. They were bunted along and Vergason drove in Shelby Burgess for the 2-0 lead. Hammers later scored from third on a wild pitch and Janessa Vaadi singled home Vergason as the Wolves led 4-0.
Johnson and Wales answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning. The Wildcats then threatened in the bottom of the sixth as they led off with a pair of singles. Johnson and Wales got one back, but Whitney Tyler got three groundouts in the inning to strand the game-tying run at third base as the game went to the seventh with Keuka leading 4-3.
The Wildcats would take advantage of Keuka College miscues in the bottom of the seventh, following a leadoff single, to tie the game at 4-4, sending it to extra innings.
The Wolves scored a run in the top of the eighth on an RBI double by Brittany Vergason. Unfortunately, Vergason was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple. The Wildcats answered the Keuka run in the bottom of the inning, sending it to the ninth.
After bunting the tiebreaker runner to third in the top of the inning, Keuka College failed to score the runner. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Johnson and Wales scored on a bunt single to win the game 6-5.
Lead Wolf: Brittany Vergason went 3-4 at the plate for the Wolves. Vergason had a double and two singles. She drove in three runs for Keuka and scored one as well.
#1 Virginia Wesleyan University 15 vs. Keuka College 0 – 5 innings
Jessie Hammers led the game off with a single, but the Wolves would not be able to capitalize. The Marlins scored one in the first and added four runs in the second inning. Virginia Wesleyan added four runs in the third and six in the fourth as the nation's top team shutout the Wolves, defeating Keuka College 15-0 in five innings.
Lead Wolf: Jessie Hammers had two of Keuka's three hits against Virginia Wesleyan.
- The Wolves are now 0-2 against Johnson and Wales and 0-3 all-time against Virginia Wesleyan
- Keuka College calls to 2-15 against ranked teams
- Whitney Tyler pitched a career-high 8.2 innings against Johnson and Wales. It ranked as the sixth longest pitching performance by a Keuka College Softball player in program history
- Brittany Vergason collected her 50th career hit with her three-hit performance against Johnson and Wales
- Samantha Cook had her first collegiate hit against the Wildcats
Up Next for Keuka College: Keuka College now has a couple weeks off before returning to action in the end of March. The Wolves travel to St. John Fisher College on March 21 to face the Cardinals. Keuka College is then scheduled to play their first home doubleheader on Saturday, March 23 as the Wolves host the Saxons of Alfred University at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.