Wolves Open NEAC Play with Sweep over Wells

Janessa Vaadi (19) threw a complete game to earn her first collegiate victory for Keuka College
Janessa Vaadi (19) threw a complete game to earn her first collegiate victory for Keuka College

AURORA, N.Y. – The Keuka College Softball team swept Wells College on Wednesday by the scores of 6-1 and 9-3 in a North Eastern Athletic Conference doubleheader.

Mickenzie Palmer and Samantha Blum each had four hits on the day for the Wolves. Palmer drove in four runs and Blum plated two. Katelyn Warren finished the doubleheader with three hits and three runs batted in.

Colleen Mooney and Janessa Vaadi each pitched a complete game for Keuka College, both earning the win. Mooney struck out seven, allowing just three hits in game one. Vaadi allowed just two earned runs over eight innings for her first collegiate win.

Keuka College 6 at Wells College 1

Keuka College started the doubleheader with Wells College by scoring a run in the top of the first as a single by Katelyn Warren plated Samantha Blum for the 1-0 lead. Starting pitcher Colleen Mooney did not allow a hit until the fourth inning when the Express tied the game at 1-1. However the Wolves responded with a big inning in the fifth. Keuka College used three walks, two doubles, and a triple to plate four runs, taking a 5-1 lead. Mooney did the rest holding Wells at just one run as Keuka College continued onto the 6-1 victory.

Lead Wolf: Junior catcher Katelyn Warren was on base all four times at the plate for Keuka College. Warren finished with a pair of singles and a pair of walks. The junior also drove in two runs and scored one herself while also stealing a base.

Keuka College 9 vs. Wells College 3 – 8 innings

The Wolves scored the first run of the game in the top of the third inning as both offenses struggled early. Keuka took advantage of a Wells error to take the 1-0 lead. The Express quickly tied the game at 1-1 with a run in the bottom of the frame. The Wolves took the lead back in the sixth. Samantha Blum singled and stole second. She scored on a single by Warren for the 2-1 lead. Warren advanced to third and came home on a single by Mickenzie Palmer as Keuka increased their lead to 3-1. However the Express scored two in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. Keuka College put the game away in the eighth. The Wolves scored six runs in the first extra inning and held Wells Scoreless as Keuka College defeated Wells College 9-3.

Lead Wolf: The catching position produced again for Keuka College as Mickenzie Palmer led the Wolves as the plate. The junior had three hits, including a double in the game. Palmer also drove in a pair of runs, including the eventual game-winning run in the eighth.

KC Notes:

  • Keuka College improves 35-1 all-time against Wells College. The Wolves are 21-1 against the Express in NEAC play
  • The Wolves are 12-4 in North Eastern Athletic Conference openers in program history and have now won four straight
  • The 9-3 extra inning victory in Game 2 was the largest margin of victory in an extra inning game in school history
  • Samantha Blum moved into eighth place in Keuka College history with 103 career hits

Coming up for Keuka College: The Wolves are right back in action on Thursday with a doubleheader at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Keuka College and RIT split their doubleheader at Keuka College last season.