Softball sweeps Skidmore in convincing fashion
The Hamilton College Continentals pounded the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds 14-6 and 8-2 to sweep a non-conference doubleheader at Skidmore's Wagner Park on Wednesday.
Game one box score | Game two box score
The Continentals (11-19 overall), who’ve won four of their last five, collected 28 hits and 22 runs in just 9.2 innings. The opener was halted in the sixth inning by the eight-run rule and game two ended in the fifth due to darkness.
Sam Miller ’14 went six for eight with three doubles and six runs batted in to lead Hamilton’s offense. Ellie Kiernan ’15 and Talia Mercado ’15 added five and four hits, respectively.
In the opener, the Continentals scored 10 runs in their first four times at bat to erase the Thoroughbreds’ 2-0 first-inning lead.
Chelsea Merritt ’14 and Monique St. Jarre ’15 singled in two runs apiece in Hamilton’s five-run first. Both Merritt and Miller doubled home a run as the Continentals scored three times in the second. A five-run fourth inning – sparked by a two-RBI triple by Kiernan – sealed the win.
St. Jarre earned the win and improved to 5-7 on the year. Kelly Leonard ‘15 allowed one hit in 1.2 innings of relief.
Kiernan scored four runs and Jenn Rougeux ’14 scored three times. Miller singled twice, doubled twice and drove in four runs. Mercado went three for four and Merritt drove in three runs.
The Continentals put up five first inning runs in the nightcap and added three more in the fourth. The game was called because of darkness after Skidmore batted in the top of the fifth (the games, originally scheduled to be played at Hamilton, were moved to Skidmore but the Continentals remained the home team).
St. Jarre doubled in a pair of runs, Kiernan singled home a run and Hamilton scored on both a wild pitch and a Skidmore error in the first. Kiernan added another RBI single in the fifth and Miller capped the day’s scoring with a two-run double.
Kiernan, Miller and St. Jarre had two hits each. Kiernan and Hannah Staab ’17 scored two runs apiece.
Leonard fanned six in a complete-game four-hitter. She didn’t allow a walk or an earned run in picking up her sixth win of the spring.
Brittany Osborne ’17 led Skidmore (10-16) with four hits and four runs batted in during the twinbill. Lauren Fortunato ‘17, who took the loss in game one, went three for six.
The Continentals are scheduled to host a three-game NESCAC West Division series this weekend against Amherst College, starting with a single game at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 25. Skidmore hosts Clarkson University in a Liberty League doubleheader on Saturday.