Keuka College Softball Bounces Back to Earn Split

Kaitlynn McCarter -- Photo by Ed Webber
Kaitlynn McCarter -- Photo by Ed Webber

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — The Keuka College Softball team split a North Eastern Athletic Conference doubleheader with SUNY Cobleskill on Wednesday at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.

SUNY Cobleskill defeated the Wolves 14-0 in five innings in game one. Keuka College (8-14, 4-4 NEAC) rebounded in game two, defeating the Fighting Tigers 6-1.

SUNY Cobleskill 14 at Keuka College 0 – Game One, 5 innings

The Fighting Tigers opened the game with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning.

SUNY Cobleskill blew the game open in third as the Fighting Tigers scored nine runs to push their lead to 11-0. They added three runs in the fifth on their way to the 14-0 victory.

Lead Wolves: Keuka College only had two hits in game one. Jessie Hammers and Brittany Vergason each had singles in the loss.

Keuka College 6 vs. SUNY Cobleskill 1 – Game Two

Jessie Hammers showcased her speed as she started the bottom of the first with a leadoff bunt single and subsequently stole second base. Hammers then moved up and scored on groundouts as the Wolves led 1-0.

SUNY Cobleskill tied the game in the top of the second, but Keuka regained the lead in the third. The Green and Gold plated a run on a Cobleskill throwing error. Brittany Vergason then singled up the middle to score Hammers and make it 3-1.

The Wolves added insurance in the fifth as Jordan Cole doubled over the left fielders' head to score a pair of runs. Cole then came home on an RBI single by Janessa Vaadi.

The lead would be more than enough for Whitney Tyler as the sophomore allowed only one run on four hits while striking out five batters.

Lead Wolves: The top five batters in the Keuka College order accounted for seven of Keuka's eight hits in game two. The Wolves were led by Jessie Hammers and Jordan Cole with a pair of hits apiece.

KC Notes:

  • The loss in game one snapped a 12-game winning streak against SUNY Cobleskill
  • Overall, Keuka College leads the all-time series with SUNY Cobleskill 27-8
  • The 14 runs allowed were the most allowed by Keuka College at home since the 2012 season and the most ever scored by SUNY Cobleskill in the 35-game series
  • Jessie Hammers is now up to 30 hits on the season and 121 hits in her career. She passed Jill Hart for sixth on the career hits list
  • Hammers also stole a pair of bases in game two

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves will remain at home in conference play this weekend. Keuka College will host Gallaudet University in a doubleheader on Saturday and then face the College of St. Elizabeth in a pair of game on Sunday. First pitch from the Jephson Community Athletic Complex on both days is set for 1pm.