Softball extends win streak to four games

Mandy Hyne '11
Mandy Hyne '11

Mandy Hyne '11 picked up the save in the first game and the win in the second as Hamilton College swept a non-conference doubleheader against SUNY Cobleskill at Cobleskill's Fighting Tiger Park on April 14.

Hamilton (5-14 overall) rallied to win the opener 8-5, and blew out the Fighting Tigers 16-2 in a nightcap that was stopped after five innings due to the eight-run mercy rule. The Continentals have won four games in a row.

Hyne was credited with her first save at Hamilton in Game 1 by recording the final two outs on strikeouts with the bases loaded and the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh. She improved her record to 2-0 this year as she allowed two unearned runs on five hits in five innings in Game 2. Hyne hasn't allowed an earned run in her last 12.1 innings.

In the first game, Ashley Perritt '14 went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in. Hyne added three hits and scored two runs. Lisa Faraci '13 and Sam Miller '14 chipped in two hits apiece. Cara Vennari '12 singled, drove in a run and scored twice.

Liz Reid '11 tripled and scored a run, and Jen Rougeux '14 recorded a hit and an RBI. Chelsea Merritt '14 won her second straight decision as she allowed five runs on eight hits, struck out two and walked five in 6.1 innings.

The Continentals scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings, but were still tied with Cobleskill because the Fighting Tigers put up three runs in the second. Hamilton took the lead for good with two runs in the fifth inning.

Hyne led off with a single, went to second base on a sacrifice bunt and moved to third on a ground ball to the pitcher. Miller walked and Vennari's bunt single scored Hyne to make it 4-3. Perritt's single brought in Miller from second with the second run.

Cobleskill (0-16) got one run back in the bottom of the frame. But the Continentals added three insurance runs in the seventh for an 8-4 advantage.

In Game 2, Hamilton scored three runs in the top of the first, and proceeded to score at least one run in every inning. Eight of the nine starters recorded at least one hit as the Continentals finished with 18.

Kristin Schwam '13 went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI. Leigh Sherrow '11 was also 3-for-3 with a double, four runs scored and an RBI. Miller doubled, singled twice and drove in a run. Reid singled, doubled, scored three runs and plated two.

Vennari singled, doubled, scored two runs and drove in another. Faraci went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Perritt tripled, scored three runs and had one RBI. Hyne singled and drove in a run, and Rougeux added one hit and one run.

Hamilton hosts Middlebury College for a New England Small College Athletic Conference West Division game on Friday, April 15.

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