VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Keuka College Softball team lost a pair of games to open their 2019 season at Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach on Friday.
Keuka College (0-2) dropped their season-opening game to Johnson and Wales 8-1. The Green and Gold then lost 4-0 to #1 ranked Virginia Wesleyan.
Johnson and Wales 8 vs. Keuka College 1
Johnson and Wales struck first in the top of the first inning on Friday. The Wildcats led the inning off with a walk and stolen base to have a runner in scoring position. After a strikeout and a flyout, Johnson and Wales worked a second walk to put runners on the corners with two outs. The Wildcats got a double to score both and take a 2-0 lead.
The Wildcats added to their lead in the third. Bases loaded and one out, the Johnson and Wales batter just beat out the throw on an attempted inning-ending double play to push their lead to 3-0.
Trailing 4-0, the Wolves threatened in the bottom of the fourth. Brittany Vergason singled for the Wolves with one out. Later in the inning, Alexa Brown also singled to center. Vergason rounded third hard, but a strong throw by the Johnson and Wales centerfielder held her at third with two outs. The Wildcats would get a groundout to end the inning and keep the Wolves off the scoreboard.
The Green and Gold took advantage of a leadoff error to score in the fifth. Jordan Cole reached on an error by the centerfield. She moved to second on a single by Danielle Bosch, and the duo advanced on a sacrifice bunt. Jessie Hammers drove in Cole with a sacrifice fly as the Wolves got one back and trailed 4-1 after five.
Johnson and Wales added four runs in the seventh as they defeated the Wolves 8-1.
#1 Virginia Wesleyan 4 vs. Keuka College 0
The Marlins converted a two-out walk into a run as Virginia Wesleyan took an early 1-0 lead over the Wolves. Jordan Cole had a great shot at a hit to lead off the third inning as she ripped a sure double down the third base line, but the third baseman for Virginia Wesleyan dove to catch the ball.
Virginia Wesleyan added a run in the third, again with two outs. Hayley Gorge became the first base runner for the Wolves in the top of the fourth as she worked a walk and then took second on a wild pitch, but a pair of flyouts stranded her at second base.
Jordan Cole put another good swing on the ball in the fifth inning as she singled through the left side of the infield for Keuka's first hit of the game. However, she would be left stranded at first base.
Virginia Wesleyan added two more runs in the fifth inning as they shutout the Wolves 4-0 on Friday.
Lead Wolf: Whitney Tyler pitched well for the Wolves against the nation's top team. The sophomore threw the complete game, allowing four runs and striking out three.
- Friday was the first ever game between Keuka College and Johnson and Wales
- The Wolves fall to 0-2 all-time against Virginia Wesleyan
- Overall, Friday was the 16th time Keuka faced a nationally ranked team and first time they have faced the top team in the country. Keuka College is now 2-14 in those games
- Whitney Tyler surpassed 50 career strikeouts against the Marlins
- Brittany Vergason combined for five assists at third base on Friday. The junior passed Amanda Piatek for fifth on the Keuka College career list
- The single by Jordan Cole was the first hit of her career
Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves will continue their Virginia Beach trip on Saturday as they play two more games from Virginia Wesleyan. The Wolves will once again open the day against Johnson and Wales and then wrap-up the trip with another game against the host Marlins.