Softball closes season with doubleheader split against Wesleyan

Softball closes season with doubleheader split against Wesleyan

The Hamilton College softball team wrapped up the 2017 season Saturday, splitting a doubleheader with visiting Wesleyan University at the Loop Road Complex. The Continentals rallied for a 12-10 win in the opener before the Cardinals bounced back in the rubber game of the weekend NESCAC West Division series with an 8-5 victory.

The Continentals, who finished 11-24 overall and 2-10 in NESCAC West Division play, scored in every inning of game one. They came back from a 10-4 deficit, exploding for five two-out runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good.

Delaney Nicol '19 started the fifth-inning rally, drawing a walk after fouling off three pitches on a 1-2 count. Pinch-hitter Phoebe Collins '18 homered to left center to pull the hosts to within 8-6. Hannah Staab '17 walked and another two-run home run followed, with Caitlin Berreitter '20 connecting for her third of the season to tie the score. Kendall Searcy '20 followed with a double and Daphne Assimakopoulos '17 singled to right center to put Hamilton back on top.

Ashleah Yzaguirre '19 doubled in an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, plating Emily Fraser '20 – who had led off with an infield single – and the Continentals held the Cardinals scoreless in the seventh after Wesleyan out the tying runs on base. Christina Zaccardi walked and Jamie Hom kept Wesleyan alive with a one-out single, but Hamilton's Molly Leitner coaxed ground ball outs to seal the win.

Searcy finished with four hits, including a one-out double in the first that drove in Hamilton's first run after Berreitter reached on a single.

After the Cardinals took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second on a pair of bases-loaded walks, Hamilton tied the score in the bottom of the inning when Jodi Weiss '19 singled and scored on a Delaney Nicol '19 double.

After Hamilton took a 5-2 lead with three third-inning runs, Wesleyan took advantage of four walks and a pair of wild pitches to score eight times in the fourth. Hayley Lipson's two-run double was one of just four Cardinal hits in the inning.

Assimakopoulos drove in three runs with Searcy and Berreitter both scoring three. Lipson had two of Wesleyan's seven hits. Leitner earned the win to improve to 2-3. Desmen DePaulis '19 picked up the last four outs to earn her first save of the spring.

In the nightcap, the Cardinals scored seven times over their final two at-bats to salvage the split. Wesleyan batted around in the sixth, scoring five runs to take the lead. Two runs scored on a single by Olivia Gorman and two batters later Julia McDonald doubled Gorman home to tie the score. Lipson and Rielly Wieners added RBI singles to push the visitors' lead to 6-4. After Hamilton pulled to within a run on an Assimakopoulos sacrifice fly in the sixth, Rachel Kantor hit a two-run home run to extend the Cardinal advantage to 8-5.

Hannah Staab '17 hit a two-run single in the second and Searcy singled home a pair of fourth-inning runs as Hamilton took a 4-1 lead.

The Continentals brought the tying run to the on-deck circle in the seventh after Becca Butler '17 was hit by a pitch but McDonald, who earned the win in relief, retired the last two Hamilton batters.

Butler, Assimakopoulos and Staab – Hamilton's three seniors – were honored before the game.

Kantor finished four-for-four. Hom and Gorman had three hits apiece for Wesleyan (12-19, 3-8 NESCAC West).