PLYMOUTH, N.H.--The No.6 seeded Keene State College softball team fell to No.1 seed Plymouth State University, 2-0, in the opening game of the Little East Conference tournament on Tuesday afternoon at D&M Park.
- Keene State: 16-19
- Plymouth State: 21-15-1
How it Happened
In a true pitchers duel, the Panthers came up with one more hit and a little more luck to take the game.
Molly St. Germain (13-9) tossed her 18th complete game of the season, striking out three, walking none, and allowing one earned run. Plymouth State got the only run they would need in the third, loading the bases on two singles and hit batter before an error allowed Nina Murray to score.
Rachel Morrissey's sacrifice bunt in the fifth brought home another run for PSU. Keene State's best chance to score came in the top of the third, as Kristin Boduch singled through the left side, and was bunted to second base by Kayla Votto, but was left stranded as Plymouth State starter Caitlyn Miller struck out St. Germain and Shae Crosby.
Votto, Crosby, and Hanne Nichols had the other three hits of the game for KSC. Miller (10-5) also threw a complete game, striking out five.
Around the Horn
- It was the first meeting between the two long-time rivals in the LEC tournament since 2015, when the Owls opened the tournament with a 4-0 win over the Panthers.
- Plymouth State is the top seed in the tournament for the first time in school history. The Panthers have never won the LEC tournament championship.
- The result marked the first time Keene State had lost an LEC tournament opener since 2013.
- The Owls will face No. 2 seed Eastern Conn. State at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning at Plymouth in an elimination game. The Warriors were knocked off by a score of 4-0 by No. 5 seed UMass Dartmouth. Should Keene State win that game, they would face the winner of UMass Boston and UMass Dartmouth.
- Plymouth State will host the remainder of the tournament, and will play Western Connecticut State at noon on Thursday.