Hamilton College split a non-conference doubleheader against Utica College at Hamilton's Loop Road Softball/Baseball Complex on Tuesday afternoon. The Continentals fell 9-4 in the first game before taking a 5-2 victory in the second.
Hamilton (9-13 overall) returns to NESCAC West Division play this weekend with a three-game series at Middlebury College. The Continentals and Panthers will play a single game on Friday, April 13 at 5 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday at noon.
Game Two: Hamilton 5, Utica 2
For the second time in her Hamilton career, Dez DePaulis '19 gave up zero earned runs in a complete game. DePaulis totaled three strikeouts and gave up six hits and two walks. Catcher Ashleah Yzaguirre '19 helped out her pitcher by throwing out both of the Utica runners attempting to steal second base.
Helen Lin '19 and Yzaguirre both went 2-for-3 with doubles. Lin scored two runs and had one run batted in. Emily Fraser '20 drove in two runs with one hit. Liz Brautigam '19 and Caitlin Berreitter '20 added one RBI apiece.
Dominique Soto went 2-for-3 for Utica with a two-run triple, and Jacqueline Aronin had two hits with a double. Sabrina Stransky gave up five runs on nine hits with one strikeout.
The Pioneers (6-12) did all of their scoring in the first inning for an early 2-0 lead. Jamie Miller led off the game with a walk before DePaulis struck out Sabrina Whitehouse. Nicole Rice reached first on an error as Miller advanced to third. Stransky then reached on a fielder's choice to keep runners on the corners when the Hamilton defense threw out Rice at second base for the second out of the inning. Soto then cleared the bases with a triple to right-center field, and DePaulis forced a groundout to end the inning.
The Continentals tied the game in the third inning and took a 5-3 lead with three runs in the fifth.
Caroline Chivily '19 got things started for Hamilton with a two-out single to left field in the bottom of the third. Helen Lin '19 immediately followed with a run-scoring double to right field, and Lin scored when Brautigam singled down the right field line.
Just like the third inning, Hamilton scored all its runs in the fifth with two outs. Yzaguirre singled to right field to start the inning and Phoebe Collins '18 dropped down a bunt single. Two batters later, Lin loaded the bases with a one-out single just inside the right field foul line. Brautigam flied out to left field, but the ball was not deep enough to score Yzaguirre from third, keeping the bases loaded with two outs. Berreitter then hit a grounder to the left side of the infield and the Utica shortstop attempted to get Lin out, but Lin slid safely into second base which allowed Yzaguirre to score. Fraser then blasted a single to center field to score Collins and Lin.
Despite giving up leadoff singles in both the sixth and seventh innings, the Hamilton defense kept Utica scoreless to ensure the victory.
Game One: Utica 9, Hamilton 4
The Pioneers scored five runs in the first inning and added four insurance runs in the top of the seventh to break their four-game losing streak. Utica pitcher Gabby Caccamo was in the midst of a perfect game until the Hamilton bats awakened in the fifth inning, scoring three runs on four hits and one error.
Fraser and Zoe Singer '18 kicked off the fifth with back-to-back singles through the right side of the infield, and Kendall Searcy '20 put runners on the corners when she reached on a fielder's choice and Singer was out trying to advance to second. Jodi Weiss '19 and Collins then hit back-to-back RBI singles, and an error by the Utica left fielder allowed Collins to advance to second and Weiss to third. Chivily and Lin both grounded out to end the inning, but not before Weiss scored Hamilton's third run.
Berreitter scored Hamilton's fourth and final run in the sixth inning after she smashed a triple to right field and classmate Fraser knocked her in with a single up the middle.
Fraser and Weiss both finished 2-for-3 with one RBI and they both scored one run. Claire O'Brien '21 pitched a complete game with two strikeouts and gave up four earned runs and one walk.
Utica was led by three-hit performances by Miller and Stransky, and Aronin had three RBIs with a triple. Caccamo finished with just one strikeout as she gave up three earned runs on seven hits.