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The Hamilton College Continentals blanked the Springfield College Pride and lost to the Keene State College Owls in non-conference games played in Clermont, Fla., on March 21.

Springfield Box Score
Keene State Box Score

Hamilton (3-5 overall) issued Springfield its second loss with the 3-0 shutout – the first for the Continentals this year. Hamilton fell 9-1 against Keene State in a game that was stopped after five innings due to the eight-run mercy rule.

Monique St. Jarre ’15 earned the win in the circle against the Pride, allowing five hits in four innings. Kelly Leonard ’15 finished and earned the save, allowing three hits and striking out three in three innings.

Hamilton scored all three of its runs in the second inning. With one out, Talia Mercado ’15 started things off with a single to center field. Sarah Moore ’16 followed with a single to right field and Ellie Kiernan ’15 reached on an infield error that allowed Mercado to score. Both runners advanced a base on a passed ball and scored on a misplayed ground ball to third base off the bat of Jenn Rougeux ’14.

Springfield had a chance to get on the board in the fourth inning but the Continentals turned a double play with the bases loaded to preserve the shutout. With one out, Ally Rivelli hit a comebacker to St. Jarre who got the runner out at home, and Sam Miller ’14 threw down to first to get Rivelli.

Megan Ahern ’17 took the loss against Keene State, allowing three hits and three earned runs in the first inning. Leonard relieved Ahern and gave up nine hits and three earned runs. Mercado accounted for Hamilton’s lone run on a homer to deep left center in the fourth.

The Continentals are back in action in Florida on Sunday, March 23, against the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh at 3 p.m. and Union College at 5 p.m.

(Story courtesy Liz Slupinski)

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