READING, Pa. – The Keuka College Softball team set a new school record by winning their 26th game of the season, defeating Wilson College in the second round of the North Eastern Athletic Conference Softball Tournament.
Shannon Johnson and Tally McDonald each had a pair of hits for Keuka College (26-9, 23-1 NEAC). Samantha Blum and Jessie Hammers added two runs driven in apiece for the Green and Gold in the victory. Colleen Mooney earned her 16th win of the season of the Wolves.
Keuka College 7 vs. Wilson College 2 – NEAC Second Round
After a scoreless top of the first, Keuka College got on the board quickly against the Phoenix. Hammers worked a walk and stole second. After being bunted to third, Blum scored the freshman on an RBI groundout for the 1-0 lead. The Phoenix would tie it in the third, but Keuka quickly responded. Brittany Vergason tripled down the right field line. She would score on an RBI single by Katelyn Warren for the 2-1 advantage. The Wolves added to their lead in the fourth. Keuka College loaded the bases with no outs for Tally McDonald. The senior singled to right field to score a run. After a run came home on an error, Samantha Blum hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-1. Wilson scored in the fifth, but a double play by Keuka College limited the damage in the inning. The Green and Gold added two insurance runs in the sixth on three straight hits. Shannon Johnson doubled and Tally McDonald singled for the Wolves. They both were brought home on a single by Jessie Hammers as the Wolves would go on to defeat Wilson College 7-2.
Lead Wolf: Shannon Johnson was on base all three times on Saturday for the Wolves. Johnson singled, doubled, and walked for Keuka College. The junior scored two out of the three times she was on base.
- Keuka College has won all 16 meetings with Wilson College in school history
- 10 of those meetings have come in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament. The Green and Gold are 37-17 overall in the conference postseason
- The win was the 26th of the season, breaking the program record set by the 2007 softball team who went 25-6. The 26 wins in a single season is the most across any sport in Keuka College history.
- Brittany Vergason tied the school record with her sacrifice bunt in the first inning. The freshman now has eight sacrifices on the season
- The RBI single by Jessie Hammers in the sixth inning extended the freshman's hitting streak to 12 games. He has also scored a run in every game of the streak and stole a base in 11 of the 12 games
Coming up for Keuka College: The Wolves will now prepare for the top seed in the South Division and tournament hosts Penn St.-Berks at 4pm in the Winner's Bracket Final. Keuka College defeated the Nittany Lions twice last year en route to the conference championship.