Softball Season Ends in NEAC Tournament

Alexa Brown (16) had a hit in both games, including a triple against SUNY Cobleskill for the Wolves
Alexa Brown (16) had a hit in both games, including a triple against SUNY Cobleskill for the Wolves

READING, Pa. — The Keuka College Softball team lost a pair of games on Friday and were eliminated from the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament, ending their season.

Keuka College (14-21) lost the opening game of the tournament to Penn St.-Berks 12-1. The Wolves then fell to SUNY Cobleskill 2-1 in an elimination game.

#1 Penn St.-Berks 12 vs. #4 Keuka College 1 – NEAC First Round, 5 innings

The tournament hosts and top seeded Nittany Lions jumped out to a quick lead against the Wolves. Penn St.-Berks scored five runs in the bottom of the first and added two more in the bottom of the second.

Keuka College got on the board in the fourth inning. With one out, Jordan Cole hit a rocket to the right centerfield gap for her first career triple. Cole scored on as Samantha Cook reached on an error to make it a 7-1 game.

Penn St.-Berks responded with five more runs in the bottom of the fourth to push the lead to 12-1. The Nittany Lions retired the Wolves in order in the top of the fifth as they defeated Keuka College 12-1 in five innings.

Lead Wolves: Keuka College was limited to just three hits on Friday morning. Along with Cole's triple, Samantha Cook hit a single, as did Alexa Brown.

#3 SUNY Cobleskill 2 vs. #4 Keuka College 1 – NEAC Consolation First Round

The second game of the day for both Keuka College and SUNY Cobleskill was a pitcher's duel. Both teams allowed just one hit over the first five innings of play.

The Green and Gold pulled ahead in the sixth as Alexa Brown led the inning off with a triple. She then scored on a Jessie Hammers sacrifice fly for the 1-0 lead.

However, the Fighting Tigers opened the bottom half of an inning with two straight singles. After a force out at third, the runners moved up on a wild pitch to put the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second base. SUNY Cobleskill got a single up the middle that scored both runners, giving the Fighting Tigers a 2-1 advantage.

Janessa Vaadi reached on an error to start the top of the seventh as the Wolves looked to tie the game. She moved to second on a sacrifice but and third on a groundout. That brought Hayley Gorges to the plate. The sophomore hit a hot shot in the first base hole. The first baseman got enough of a glove on it. She deflected the ball directly to the second baseman who was able to return the throw and get the out to end the game with SUNY Cobleskill winning 2-1.

Lead Wolf: Starting pitcher Whitney Tyler performed well on both ends for the Wolves. She struck out five batters and allowed just five hits in pitching the complete game. The sophomore also had one of Keuka College's three hits in the game.

KC Notes:

  • Keuka College falls to 42-23 all-time in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament
  • Although it was the eighth time Keuka and Penn St.-Berks has faced each other in the past four seasons, Friday was just the second meeting every between Keuka College and SUNY Cobleskill in the NEAC Tournament
  • Jessie Hammers had her school-record 16 game hitting streak snapped against Penn St.-Berks
  • The Keuka College pitching staff finished the season with 151 strikeouts, sixth-most in program history