Softball cruises to lopsided sweep of Cazenovia
The Hamilton College Continentals swept a non-conference doubleheader against the Cazenovia College Wildcats by scores of 8-0 in six innings and 13-2 in five frames at Utica College's Greenman Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Game one box score | Game two box score
The Continentals (7-14 overall) pounded out 10 extra-base hits as both games ended early due to the eight-run mercy rule. Cazenovia dropped to 1-11.
Olivia Gozdz ’16 led Hamilton with three doubles and her first career home run. Gozdz drove in seven runs and scored four more. Becca Butler ’17 and Ellie Kiernan ’15 hit their first home runs this season for the Continentals, who now have seven this spring after hitting nine all of last year.
The Continentals scored seven times over the final three innings in the opener and Kelly Leonard ’15 threw her sixth career shutout. Leonard struck out seven Wildcats and allowed just three hits and a walk.
Butler hit a three-run homer in the fourth and Kiernan and Sam Miller ’14 drove in fifth-inning runs. Hamilton ended the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Gozdz doubled home Hannah Staab ’17, who led off the inning with a double, and scored the final run on an infield error.
Gozdz, Kiernan, Leonard and Staab all had two hits and Hamilton finished with 12.
In game two, Hamilton jumped out to an 8-0 lead after just 14 batters. Gozdz went 3-for-3 and finished with a career-best six runs batted in. Her three-run homer in the first inning scored Staab and Leonard, who had opened the game with a walk and single, respectively.
The Continentals added three more runs in their first at-bat. Miller tripled and Kiernan walked before Butler singled in both runners. Monique St. Jarre ’15 scored on a groundout by Jenn Rougeux ‘14 for the sixth run.
Miller doubled in a pair of runs in the second inning and Gozdz drew a bases-loaded walk in the third. Kiernan led off the fourth with her second career home run and Gozdz added a two-run double later in the inning.
Butler collected a personal-high three hits and Leonard, Miller and Staab had two each. St. Jarre picked up her team-best fourth win, facing two batters over the minimum in four innings of work.
Jenna Kraeger ’15 drove in both Cazenovia runs. Kraeger hit a sacrifice fly in the third that scored Samantha McCarthy ’16 and laced a two-out single in the fifth that brought home Tasha Ortlieb ’17.
The Continentals face Utica in a non-conference doubleheader that starts at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday back at Greenman Field. The Wildcats are scheduled to make up a doubleheader at Morrisville State College.