Softball picks up two wins over SUNY Cobleskill
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Amy Appel '13 allowed one run in 12 innings pitched to lead Hamilton College to two wins against SUNY Cobleskill in a non-conference doubleheader at Hamilton's Ferguson Fields on April 13.
The Continentals (4-16 overall) won the first game 9-1 in five innings, and picked up a 4-0 win in Game 2. Appel (3-10) surrendered one run on two infield singles in the opener. The first game was stopped after five innings due to the eight-run mercy rule. She struck out eight and walked none.
The Continentals banged out 15 hits in Game 1. Seven different Continentals drove in a run in the first game. Rachel Rapoza ‘10 was 3-for-3, scored once and had one RBI. Mandy Hyne ‘11 finished with a single, a double and scored two runs, and Leigh Sherrow ’11 hit two singles and scored twice. Liz Farrington ‘10 also hit two singles, scored one run and recorded one RBI. Appel helped herself with two singles and an RBI.
Hamilton scored four runs with two outs in the bottom of the first. A single to right by Melissa Kaknis ‘13 drove in the first run. Rapoza followed with a bunt single to drive in Sherrow. Farrington singled to right to score Kaknis, and Appel hit a single to center to drive in Rapoza. SUNY Cobleskill (3-19) scored once in the top of the third, but Hamilton responded with a single by Amanda Nardi ‘11 in the bottom of the third that drove in a run to make it 6-1.
The Continentals added two runs in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the bottom of the fifth for the final. In the fourth, Hyne led off with a double down the right field line. Sherrow singled to left and then stole second base. The Fighting Tigers pitcher threw a wild pitch that allowed Hyne to score, and Sherrow advanced to third. Liz Reid ‘11 popped up to the shortstop, but drove in Sherrow to give Hamilton a 7-1 lead.
In the fifth, Appel hit a lead-off single to center. Ally Martella ’13 was hit by a pitch, and Cara Vennari ‘12 reached on a fielder’s choice as Appel was thrown out at third. Kristen Pallen ‘12 came in to pinch hit and singled to center field to drive in Martella. Sherrow walked, and a wild pitch allowed Vennari to score the final run.
Appel also pitched all seven innings of Game 2. She allowed just two hits and struck out three in her second shutout of the season. Pallen hit her first career double to go along with a single and two runs scored. Lisa Faraci ‘13 also finished with a double. Sherrow, Kaknis, and Hyne each singled and had an RBI. Reid and Rapoza hit one single apiece.
The Continentals scored three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth for the win. Pallen led off the fifth inning with a double to right center, and moved to third when Faraci grounded out to second. Hyne grounded out to first, but drove in Pallen with the first run. Sherrow got on base due to a fielding error by the Cobleskill third baseman. Reid followed with a single. A throwing error by the left fielder advanced Reid to third and sent Sherrow home. A single by Kaknis drove in Reid to make it 3-0.
In the sixth inning, Pallen hit a single, and Faraci cranked a double to left. Hyne kept the hits going with a single of her own, and Sherrow singled to the left side to drive in Pallen for the final run.
The Continentals host Amherst College for a New England Small College Athletic Conference West Division series this weekend. The teams play a single game on Friday, April 16, and a doubleheader on Saturday, April 17.