A walk-off double by Brautigam ’19 lifts softball to victory

Liz Brautigam ’19 (Josh McKee photo)
Liz Brautigam ’19 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Liz Brautigam '19 drove in Helen Lin '19 with a double in the bottom of the seventh inning and lifted the Continentals to a 14-13 non-conference win against the SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons at Hamilton's Loop Road Softball/Baseball Complex on Wednesday evening.

The second game of the doubleheader ended in the middle of the fourth inning due to darkness. Hamilton (19-6 overall) was in the lead 3-1 when the umpires postponed the contest.

Oneonta (7-14-1) scored three runs in the top of the seventh off one hit, two walks and an error for a 13-12 lead heading into the home half of the inning.

With their backs against the wall and the Nos. 4, 5 and 6 batters due up at the plate, the Continentals went to work in the bottom of the seventh. Emily Fraser '20 led it off with a triple to right center and she immediately scored on a double to the fence in left center by Kendall Searcy '20. The speedy Vicky Dunn '22 came in to pinch run for Searcy and represented the winning run. Lin knocked a single to center field and the Oneonta center fielder threw a dart to home plate, beating a sliding Dunn by inches for the first out of the inning. Lin advanced to second on the throw to the plate and scored the winning run on Brautigam's double down the left-field line.

The Continentals outhit the visitors 15-9. Morgan Hartranft '22 (10-3) started in the pitching circle, left in the middle of the third inning, and returned in the top of the seventh for her team-high 10th win. Hartranft allowed just one earned run on three walks and three hits and she struck out two batters.

After two scoreless innings, Oneonta's Dana Del Genio lined a two-out solo home run over the center-field fence in the third. Selena Ruiz followed with a double down the left-field line, and scored all the way from second a few pitches later after a passed ball disappeared into the shadows of the backstop.

Hamilton quickly grabbed the lead with five runs on five hits in the bottom half of the third. Berreitter launched a one-out triple to the gap in right-center field and scored on a grounder to the right side of the infield. Shelby McVey '22 moved to second on a passed ball, Ashleah Yzaguirre '19 hit a single to center field, and Fraser loaded the bases with a single to right field. McVey scored on a single by Searcy and Yzaguirre scored on Lin's groundout to the shortstop. Jodi Weiss '19 gave Hamilton a 5-2 lead with a two-run single to right center that scored Fraser and Searcy.

The Continentals built a 9-2 advantage by scoring three runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth. Berreitter and McVey pulled off a double steal during the fourth and increased the team's season total to 50 stolen bases, surpassing the previous program-best 49 stolen bases achieved during the 2009 season. Oneonta came back to take a one-run lead in the sixth inning by scoring eight runs on five hits, three walks and two errors.

Hamilton responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Brautigam ripped a one-out single up the middle and came around to score after two walks and Berreitter's sacrifice fly to center field. McVey gave Hamilton a 12-10 edge with a two-run double to left field.

The Continentals head to Amherst College on Friday, April 12 to kick off a three-game NESCAC West Division series against the Mammoths at 5 p.m.