Softball sweeps doubleheader with Morrisville State

Amy Appel '13
Amy Appel '13
Hamilton College swept host Morrisville State College in a non-conference doubleheader, 5-0 and 8-0, on April 1.

Hamilton (2-8 overall) recorded its first back-to-back shutouts since April 17, 2002, against Utica College. Morrisville State (2-16) mustered just six hits against the Continentals.

Amy Appel ’13 pitched her first collegiate shutout in Game 1. Appel allowed just three hits, walked two and struck out seven. In Game 2, Mandy Hyne ‘11 pitched all five innings for her first shutout at Hamilton. Hyne allowed three hits and walked three. The game was stopped after five innings due to the eight-run mercy rule.
In the opener, Hamilton jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Leigh Sherrow ‘11 hit a single and later scored on an error by the third baseman. Liz Reid ‘11 tripled to drive in Melissa Kaknis ‘13 and Rachel Rapoza ‘10. Reid scored the fourth run when Cara Vennari ‘12 grounded out to shortstop. In the top of the seventh, Reid hit a double to drive in Sherrow and put Hamilton up 5-0.

The second game was scoreless until the Continentals plated all eight runs in the top of the fifth. Rapoza grounded out to the second baseman to drive in Kristin Schwam ‘13, who had walked, for the first run. Kaknis followed with a double to drive in Sherrow, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on a single by Reid.

A single by Liz Farrington ‘10 drove in Reid to make the score 4-0. Amanda Nardi ‘11 singled to drive in a run, and Schwam loaded the bases after she was hit by a pitch. Ally Martella ‘13 reached first on an error by the first baseman as Farrington scored. Sherrow walked and Nardi and Schwam scored the final runs for the Continentals.
Hamilton will travel to play its first New England Small College Athletic Conference West Division game against Wesleyan University on Friday, April 2.
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