AURORA, N.Y. — The Keuka College Softball team earned a pair of non-conference wins at Wells College on Thursday evening.
Keuka College (3-7) defeated the host Express 6-2 in the opener. Keuka College then poured on the offense in game two, topping Wells 12-0 in five innings.
Keuka College 6 at Wells College 2 – Game One
The Wolves got on the board first against the Express as Samantha Cook led the second inning off with a single. Later with two outs, the Wolves got back-to-back singles by Shelby Burgess, Ann Stull, and Jessie Hammers. The singles by Stull and Hammers scored Cook and Burgess as the Wolves took a 2-0 lead.
The Green and Gold added to it in the third. The first three batters reached on an error, hit by pitch, and a single to load the bases. Samantha Cook delivered with a two-run single to center and Janessa Vaadi followed that with a two run double to push the Keuka advantage to 6-0.
The Express took advantage of three Keuka errors in the fifth to get two runs back on the Wolves. The Wolves would hold Wells there as Keuka College continued onto the 6-2 victory.
Lead Wolf: Deuces were wild for Samantha Cook. The freshman had two hits in her two at bats. Cook drove in two runs for Keuka and scored two runs herself.
Keuka College 12 at Wells College 0 – Game Two, 5 innings
After each team was limited to one hit in the first two innings, the Green and Gold got on the board in the third inning. Hayley Gorges had a two-out single to score Whitney Tyler and give Keuka a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, the Wolves scored a pair of runs on an Express error. Janessa Vaadi then capped the scoring with an RBI double as Keuka led 4-0.
The Wolves added to their lead in the fourth. Whitney Tyler led it off with a walk. Jessie Hammers, Hayley Gorges, and Brittany Vergason all followed with singles as Vergason plated Tyler on the hit. After a runs scored on a fielder's choice and an error, Janessa Vaadi provided the big hit again with a two-run double.
The Keuka College lead was more than enough for Tyler in the circle. The sophomore pitcher surrendered just two hits while striking out eight as Keuka College defeated Wells 12-0 in five innings.
Lead Wolf: Janessa Vaadi provided the big hits in both of the big innings for Keuka College. The senior recorded two doubles in a game for the second time in her career. She also tied her career-high with three runs batted in of the Wolves. Vaadi also collected her 50th career hit in the game.
- Keuka College extends its winning streak to 15 games against Wells College. Overall, the Wolves are 38-1 against the Express
- Thursday was the 12 and 13 time that Keuka College faced Wells in a non-conference game
- Kaitlynn McCarter pitched the final four innings of game one for Keuka to earn her first career win. McCarter's four innings of work was a career-high as was striking out three batters
- Transfer Ann Stull recorded her first hit for Keuka College in game one and Mackenzie Post got her first collegiate hit in game two
- Brittany Vergason stole a base in both games, moving her career total to 16 stolen bases, eighth most in a career in Keuka College history. The junior is a perfect 16-16 in stolen base attempts
- Not only did Whitney Tyler tie her career-high with eight strikeouts, the sophomore had her first career plate appearances on Thursday. Tyler worked a pair of walks and scored two runs in her three trips to the plate against Wells
Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves return home for a pair of North Eastern Athletic Conference doubleheaders. Keuka College will host SUNY Poly on Saturday and SUNY Cobleskill on Sunday at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.