Owls offense held in check during two-game sweep

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Tuesday, four pitchers combined to hold the Kenyon College softball team to seven hits and one run in a pair of losses for the Owls at Fortune Road Athletics Complex. Kenyon dropped game one to Washington College, 3-1, and then fell in game two, 8-0, to Amherst College.

Washington (4-7) went with Lexi Barnhart to start the first game. She ended up pitching three innings and allowed one unearned run on two hits and a walk. Gen Kozub finished off the final three innings of the game to earn the win. She yielded four hits, but no runs.

Kenyon went with first-year Allison McCutchen, who held her own. She put in five innings of work and allowed two earned runs on six hits and one walk. Classmate Sofia Zayas wrapped up the final two innings, giving up two hits and no runs.

In the bottom of the second inning, after Washington scored twice in the top, the Owls recorded their lone run of the game. Madison Buckwalter started things off with a single to right. McCutchen then sacrificed her over to second. Maddie Friday singled to short and a throwing error on the play made way for Buckwalter to reach the plate.

Buckwalter and Friday both had two hits against Washington, while Natalya Delsante and Arianna Jalomo accounted for the other two Kenyon hits in the game.

In game two, Amherst (3-1) gave the nod to starting pitcher Abby Moravek, who went four scoreless innings without giving up a hit. She did walk four, but also struck out seven. Audrey Orlowkski finished the final inning of the run-rule shortened game. She gave up a double to Jesse Leener in the top of the fifth.

Amherst scored one run in the third, two in the fourth and then put the game away with five more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

McCutchen again earned the start for Kenyon. She went four innings this time and allowed three earned runs on seven hits. Over her last three outings, a span that stretched a little more than 12 innings, McCutchen allowed 17 hits, but only five earned runs. 

Kenyon, now 1-13, will finish off its Florida trip with two make-up games Wednesday against Arcadia University. Game one is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. 

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