KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — The Keuka College Softball team had their home opener spoiled by Houghton College as the Highlanders swept the Wolves at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex on Wednesday.
Keuka College (1-7) lost game one to Houghton 6-1. Game two would be scoreless through seven, but the Highlanders got one in the eighth to beat the Wolves.
Houghton College 6 at Keuka College 1 – Game One
The Wolves took the lead in the bottom of the second inning as Samantha Cook walked and moved to second on a groundout. She then scored on a single to right field by Alexa Brown to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead.
The Highlanders got on the board in the fifth inning, scoring a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead over Keuka. Houghton would then add two insurance runs in the sixth and two in the seventh
Lead Wolf: Alexa Brown finished with a pair of hits and drove in the lone run for Keuka in game one.
Houghton College 1 at Keuka College 0 – Game 2, 8 innings
Game two was a pitcher's duel between Houghton and Keuka. Starting pitcher Whitney Tyler did her part for Keuka, keeping the Highlanders off the board.
Keuka College threatened in the fifth with a pair of hits, but were unable to push a run across. The game would go to extra innings scoreless.
The Highlanders scored one in the top of the eighth inning. Houghton would retire the Wolves in the bottom of the inning on three strikeouts as Keuka lost game two 1-0.
Lead Wolf: Whitney Tyler went the distance for Keuka, pitching all eight innings. The only run she allowed was the placed runner in the eighth inning. The sophomore struck out three without allowing a walk.
- The Wolves fall to 1-3 all-time against the Highlanders
- The loss snapped Keuka's five-game winning streak in home openers
- Game two was the second game this season to go extra innings and only the third extra inning game in program history to end 1-0. Keuka lost all three of those occasions
- Jessie Hammers had two hits in both games. The junior surpassed 100 hits for her career
- Colleen Mooney struck out a pair in game one. She passed Nicole Moody for fifth on the Keuka College career strikeouts list
- Brittany Vergason got plenty of action at third base. The junior combined for nine assists on Wednesday, moving into third on the career assists list
Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves return to action tomorrow with a non-conference doubleheader at Wells College. First pitch with the Express from Aurora, N.Y. is scheduled for 5pm.