Softball comeback falls one inning short in NESCAC West action

Emily Fraser ’20 went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs (Josh McKee photo)
Emily Fraser ’20 went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs (Josh McKee photo)

The Wesleyan University Cardinals scored nine runs in the third inning and posted a 9-6 win against the Hamilton College Continentals in the first game of a NESCAC West Division series in Middletown, Conn., on Friday evening. Hamilton and Wesleyan complete the series with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 21 at noon.

Emily Fraser '20 went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs batted in and she scored twice for Hamilton (10-17, 1-5 NESCAC West). Liz Brautigam '19 had two hits and two RBIs. Caitlin Berreitter '20 went 1-for-2 with two walks, and Kendall Searcy '20 drove in two runs on one hit. Dez DePaulis '19 gave up five earned runs on nine hits and three walks through 5.1 innings of relief.

Brenna Monroe and Kendall Carr both had two hits to help extend the Wesleyan (13-12, 1-5) win streak to five games. Five different Cardinals accounted for Wesleyan's five RBIs. Julie McDonald worked through 4.2 innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits and two walks for her fifth win of the season.

Berreitter battled back from two strikes to start the game with a leadoff walk. Searcy dropped down a sacrifice bunt, and Berreitter's heads-up baserunning advanced her to third when the Cardinals left the base uncovered. Berreitter then scored when Fraser grounded out to the shortstop to give the Continentals an early 1-0 lead.

The Cardinals connected for seven hits and capitalized on four errors to score nine runs in the bottom of the third inning. Maddie Ikeda's single to left field scored the eventual winning run for Wesleyan.

Fraser started the comeback effort for the Continentals in the top of the fourth inning when she led off with a triple to center field and scored when Brautigam reached on a Wesleyan infield error.

Hamilton tacked on four more runs -- all with two outs -- in the fifth inning to cut its deficit to three runs. Searcy knocked in the first two runs with a single through the middle of the infield and advanced to the third on an outfield error. She scored Hamilton's third run of the inning on Fraser's single to left field. Fraser, who had made it to third on another outfield error, scored on Brautigam's second single of the game. The Continentals left one runner on base in the sixth inning and two on in the seventh as the Cardinals kept the visitors off the scoreboard during the final two frames.