Softball cruises to doubleheader sweep over SUNY Poly

Hamilton plays its first softball games at the Loop Road Softball/Baseball Complex (Michael P. Doherty photo).
Hamilton plays its first softball games at the Loop Road Softball/Baseball Complex (Michael P. Doherty photo).

Hamilton College debuted its new softball facility in style on Wednesday with a pair of five-inning, non-conference wins against the SUNY Polytechnic Wildcats at the Continentals' Loop Road Softball/Baseball Complex.

Hamilton (7-10 overall) cruised to a 12-4 victory in Game 1 and blanked SUNY Poly 8-0 in the nightcap. Both games were stopped in the fifth inning due to the eight-run mercy rule.

Kendall Searcy '20 enjoyed a big day at the plate for the Continentals with four hits, including three doubles, and four runs batted in. Desmen DePaulis '19 tossed her second career shutout at Hamilton in Game 2.

The Continentals racked up 14 hits in the opener as five players had two or more. Searcy went 3-for-3 with four RBI, and Caitlin Berreitter '20, Daphne Assimakopoulos '17, Ursula Castiblanco '19 and Delaney Nicol '19 added two hits each. Castiblanco took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and ended up allowing just two hits as she improved her record to 3-2. She walked five and struck out seven.

The Wildcats (5-5) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Lindsey Leone led off with a walk, went to second base on a passed ball, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on another.

After Castiblanco struck out the side in the top of the second, Hamilton exploded for six runs on six hits in the bottom half of the inning. Nicol tied the score on a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Castiblanco and Hannah Staab '17 singled in the go-ahead run with two outs. Berreitter followed with a run-scoring single up the middle and Searcy blasted a two-run double to left center. Castiblanco made it 6-1 with an RBI single up the middle -- her second hit of the inning.

The Continentals blew the game open in the third inning when they tacked on four more runs on four hits and an infield error. Searcy's two-out, two-run double was the big blow, and Assimakopoulos plated Searcy with another double down the left field line for a 10-1 cushion.

Hamilton added two more runs with the help of two infield errors by SUNY Poly. Staab drove in one of the two runs with a ground ball to the second baseman that glanced off the pitcher's glove.

The Wildcats scored three runs with two outs in the top of the fifth. Taylor Hines plated two runs with a single to left center and Leone crossed home plate on a wild pitch for the second time in the game.

DePaulis was the story in the second game as she allowed three hits and four walks while striking out one in five innings. The win is DePaulis' first this year. Ashleah Yzaguirre '19 was the only player with multiple hits as she went 2-for-2 with a walk.

The Continentals jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Staab scored the first run on an infield error, Berreitter scored on a wild pitch and Castiblanco plated the third run on a sacrifice fly that was caught by the second baseman as she ran away from home plate into short right field.

Hamilton made it 4-0 with another run scored on an infield error in the second inning, and the Continentals clinched the win with a four-run rally in the fifth. Becca Butler '17 hammered a double to left center that scored Yzaguirre, Caroline Chivily '19 followed with a double down the left field line and Staab drove in Chivily with a single through the left side. Staab ended the game when she scored on a two-out single to center field by Sophia Cerreta '20.

SUNY Poly had a couple good chances to get on the scoreboard. One runner was thrown out trying to steal home as the Wildcats attempted to execute a double steal in the top of the second. Another runner was caught in a rundown between third and home in the fourth inning.

Hamilton travels to Amherst College for the Continentals' NESCAC West Division opener on Friday, March 31 at 5 p.m.