Softball drops pair of one-run games
Hamilton College was edged by a run in both non-conference games the Continentals played at the Cape Coral Sports Complex in Cape Coral, Fla., on March 16.
SUNY Fredonia (11-0 overall) remained undefeated with a 7-6 win in eight innings against Hamilton in Wednesday's early game. Washington College (Md.) scored a run in the top of the seventh to clip the Continentals 3-2 in the afternoon.
Hamilton (1-3) jumped on top 2-0 without the benefit of a hit in the top of the first inning against Fredonia. Ashley Perritt '14, Mandy Hyne '11 and Lisa Faraci '13 walked to load the bases with nobody out. Melissa Kaknis '13 was hit by a pitch to drive in Perritt. After two strikeouts, Leigh Sherrow '11 walked to score Hyne.
Fredonia rallied with three runs in the bottom of the inning against Chelsea Merritt '14. Merritt pitched all 7.1 innings in her first collegiate start. She allowed six earned runs on nine hits, walked seven and struck out three.
The Continentals regained the lead with two runs in the fourth. Cara Vennari '12 led off with a single and Perritt drew another walk. Hyne moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt. Kaknis reached on an error by the shortstop with two outs to drive in the first run. Sam Miller '14 followed with a single to score Perritt.
Fredonia seized the lead at 6-4 with three runs in the fifth. Hamilton came back again to tie the score with two in the next frame. With the bases loaded and two outs, Amanda Nardi '11 reached base on an error on the pitcher and plated Liz Reid '11, who had also got on base thanks to an error on the pitcher. Perritt then forced in Sherrow with her third walk of the game.
Against Washington, the Continentals grabbed the first lead again with a run in the bottom of the third. Amy Appel '13 led off with an infield single and gave way to pinch runner Kristen Pallen '12. Pallen later scored on a fielding error by the pitcher.
The Shorewomen (4-8) went in front with two runs in the fifth, but Hamilton came right back to tie the score with a run in the bottom of the inning. Appel, Perritt and Hyne loaded the bases with infield singles. With one out, Kaknis hit a hard ground ball to center that scored Appel, but Hyne was forced out at second on the play.
Washington scored the game-winner with an unearned run in the seventh. All three runs for the Shorewomen scored with two outs.
Appel allowed two earned runs on seven hits in seven innings. She walked one and struck out five. She also had two hits at the plate. Hyne added two singles.
The Continentals are off until Friday, March 18, when they play two more non-conference games in Fort Myers. Hamilton takes on St. Lawrence University at 1 p.m. and the University of New England at 3.