The Hamilton College Continentals wrapped up the regular season with a non-conference doubleheader sweep against the SUNY Polytechnic Wildcats at Hamilton's Loop Road Athletic Complex on Wednesday.
Hamilton (28-9 overall) won the opener 6-0 for its 27th victory of the season, the most wins by any Hamilton College team in history. The 1990-91 men's basketball team held the previous record at 26 triumphs. The Continentals added an insurance win by a score of 8-0 in a nightcap that ended in the bottom of the fifth inning due to the eight-run mercy rule. SUNY Poly concluded its season with a 14-21 overall record.
The Continentals head to Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, this weekend for the single-elimination NESCAC Championship. As the No. 2 seed in the West Division, Hamilton -- making its first-ever appearance in the conference championship -- faces off against East Division third seed Trinity College on Saturday, May 4 at 9:30 a.m. The winner moves on to the semifinals at 2:30 p.m. and the final is Sunday at 10 a.m.
Game One: Hamilton 6, SUNY Poly 0
After a scoreless first inning, Hamilton got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second. Helen Lin '19 started the inning with a single down the left-field line and stole second base. Jodi Weiss '19 was hit by a pitch before Caroline Chivily '19 knocked a single to center field that scored Lin from second base.
The Continentals broke the game open with a four-run fifth inning. Emily Fraser '20 was hit by a pitch and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Kendall Searcy '20. Searcy stayed on first base after a throwing error that also allowed Fraser to move to third. Fraser scored on Lin's infield groundout and Searcy scored on a double to left field by Courtney Cardea '22. Weiss followed with a single, Chivily reached on a fielder's choice and both runners scored on a double to left field by Caitlin Berreitter '20.
Hamilton added one more run in the sixth inning when Searcy hit a double to the wall in left field and scored Fraser from second base. Searcy's double was the team's 68th of the season, breaking the program record of 67 set during the 2017 campaign. Fraser's run was her 33rd of the season, which broke the single-season run record (32) set by Berreitter last year.
Dez DePaulis '19 (4-3) pitched a complete game with five strikeouts while giving up just three hits and two walks for her fourth win of the season.
Lin went 2-for-3 with a double, a stolen base and a sacrifice bunt. Vicky Dunn '22 finished 2-for-4, and Berreitter doubled and walked.
Game Two: Hamilton 8, SUNY Poly 0 (5 innings)
Hamilton jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the home half of the first inning on three hits and an error. Berreitter and Dunn kicked off the inning with back-to-back singles and both scored on a single by Fraser and an error by the right fielder. Fraser stole third base and scored on Searcy's infield groundout.
The Continentals were held scoreless in the second before adding two runs in both the third and fourth innings. Ashleah Yzaguirre '19 snapped a 6-year-old program record in the fourth inning when she tallied her 51st hit of the season, a run-scoring single through the left side of the infield.
McVey ended the game in the bottom of the fifth when she scored Hamilton's eighth run. McVey reached on a walk, advanced to third on Cardea's pinch-hit double to center field and scored on a sacrifice fly by Berreitter.
Morgan Hartranft '22 broke a 20-year-old program record with her 13th win of the season. Hartranft racked up eight strikeouts and allowed three hits and three walks.
Searcy and Yzaguirre went 2-for-3, and Searcy drove in three runs and stole two bases. Fraser stole three bases and Berreitter scored two runs and stole a base.