Mary Caron: 2017 Academic All-American

2016 Little East Conference Softball Championship Tournament: No. 1 Keene State Eliminates No. 3 Southern Maine 9-3

2016 Little East Conference Softball Championship Tournament: No. 1 Keene State Eliminates No. 3 Southern Maine 9-3
KEENE, N.H. – Junior Jen Galavotti (Marian, Mass./Old Rochester) hit a trio of home runs and drove in six runs to lead the first-seeded Keene State College Owls to a 9-3 win over the third-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies in the fifth game of the 2016 Little East Conference. 

            With the win, the Owls, the 2016 LEC regular season champions, improves to 22-14 and is 2-0 in the double-elimination championship tournament.  Suffering its second loss in the LEC tourney, USM concludes its season with a record of 23-14-1.  Keene State will face fourth-seeded Western Connecticut on Saturday (10 a.m.). 

            Galavotti was 4-for-4 at the plate and helped stake Keene State to an early lead over the Huskies mashing a three-run home run in her first at bat of the game as the Owls jumped on top of the Huskies 3-1 after one inning.  The first of Galavotti's three home runs came with two outs and sailed over the left field fence.  USM took one run back in the bottom of the inning on a RBI double from sophomore Courtney Davis (Woburn, Mass.). 

            The score remained unchanged through the second before the Owls struck for three more in the top of the third.  The Owls used a lead off walk and a stole base from junior Kayla Votto (Durham, Conn./Coginchaug), an RBI sacrifice fly from senior Morgan Fallon (Reading, Mass.), a Galavotti single and a two-run home run from sophomore Olivia Indorf (South Portland, Maine) to make it 6-1 through three as senior Mariah Crisp (Greenland, N.H./Portsmouth) kept the Huskies' off the board.  

            The Owls made it 8-1 in the top of the fifth as Galavotti struck for her second home run of the game, a two-run shot to right field, and the Huskies made it 8-2 in the bottom of the inning as sophomore Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) had an RBI double.  A quiet sixth inning for both sides kept the score at 8-2, before Galavotti knocked her final home run of the game, this time a solo shot, to give the Owls their ninth run.  USM took one more run back in the bottom of the seventh as junior Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood) had an RBI ground out for the Huskies, but it was as close as they would get for the 9-3 final.

            Crisp picked up her 15th win of the season, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings.  She struck out seven.  Freshman Molly St. Germain (Dover, N.H.) closed out the game for the Owls, pitching the final inning, allowing one run, unearned, on one hit.  USM freshman Sammi Goode (Bucksport, Maine) absorbed the loss.  She allowed six earned runs on five hits and two walks over 3.0 innings.  She struck out three. Kelly relieved Goode to star the fourth and allowed three earned runs over 4.0 innings on six hits and a walk.

            Huskies' senior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic's) was 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored, while Kelly was 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Senior Kat McKay (Mechanic Falls, Maine/St. Dominic's) was 2-for-3. 

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