Keuka College Sweeps Wells on Softball Parents’ and Senior Day

L-R: Head Coach Jamie Burke, Senior Janessa Vaadi, Assistant Coach Jim Burke -- Photo by Chey Bennett
L-R: Head Coach Jamie Burke, Senior Janessa Vaadi, Assistant Coach Jim Burke -- Photo by Chey Bennett

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — The Keuka College Softball team swept a North Eastern Athletic Conference doubleheader against Wells College on Saturday at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.

Keuka College (12-16, 8-6 NEAC) won both games of the doubleheader 10-2 with the first game going six innings and the second game going five.

Keuka College 10 vs. Wells College 2 – Game One, 6 innings

The Green and Gold took the lead in the second on an RBI single by Whitney Tyler and doubled the lead in the third, scoring on a passed ball.

Wells College responded with a pair of unearned runs in the fourth to tie the game. Whitney Tyler quickly gave the Wolves the lead right back in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single. Tyler then scored on an inside-the-park home run down the right field line by Jessie Hammers to make it 5-2.

The Wolves added to their lead in the fifth inning. After getting a run on an Express error, Shelby Burgess hit a two-run double extend the advantage to 8-2.

Keuka College ended the game in the bottom of the sixth as Samantha Cook had an RBI single. Whitney Tyler then grounded out, but it scored a run, for her third RBI of the game as the Wolves defeated the Express 10-2 in six innings.

Lead Wolf: It was an impressive game one for Whitney Tyler. The sophomore went 2-3 at the plate with three runs batted in and a pair of runs scored. Tyler was also the starting pitcher for the Wolves, going all six innings for her seventh win of the year. Tyler allowed just one hit and a pair of unearned runs while striking out seven batters.

Keuka College 10 vs. Wells College 2 – Game Two, 5 innings

Wells College had three hits in the top of the first and scored a pair of runs as the Express took an early lead against the Wolves.

That lead would hold until the bottom of the third inning as Keuka plated five runs in the inning. The Wolves scored on an Express error and then tied the game on an RBI single by Danielle Bosch. A sacrifice fly by Brittany Vergason gave the Wolves a 3-2 lead. The Green and Gold added to that lead as Janessa Vaadi and Hayley Gorges each had RBIs, making it 5-2.

The Wolves continued to create separation in the fourth as Brittany Vergason and Hayley Gorges each had two-run singles to push the lead to 9-2. Jessie Hammers ended it with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth as Keuka College defeated Wells College 10-2 in five innings to sweep the doubleheader.

Lead Wolf: Jessie Hammers completed a perfect day at the plate. She matched her game one performance with another three hits in three at bats. Hammers also scored two runs, drove in a run, and stole a pair of bases.

KC Notes:

  • The game one win was the 400th softball victory in Keuka College history
  • The Wolves won their 17th straight over the Express, improving to 40-1 all-time against Wells College
  • Hammers racked up six hits on the day, giving her 45 on the season and 135 in her career. 45 hits ranks as fourth most in a single season in program history. 135 career hits ties Hammers with Samantha Blum for third on the career hits list
  • Whitney Tyler tied her career-high with her two hits in game one and set a new personal-best with three runs batted in
  • In game two, Colleen Mooney recorded the first hit of her career

Up Next for Keuka College: The Green and Gold will play their final home game of the regular season this Wednesday as the Wolves host Nazareth College in a doubleheader at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex at 3pm. It will be the first time that Keuka College has faced the Golden Flyers since the 2010 season.