Softball swept by Wesleyan
Hamilton College dropped two New England Small College Athletic Conference West Division games against visiting Wesleyan University at Ferguson Fields on April 25.
Wesleyan (14-17 overall, 9-3 NESCAC West) won the opener 10-1 and went on to an 8-4 victory in the nightcap. Hamilton (5-27, 1-11) may be finished for the season if the Continentals' doubleheader against SUNY Institute of Technology at home on Monday, April 27, is cancelled.
In the first game, Wesleyan jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning and a 6-0 advantage after two. The Continentals managed one run in the bottom of the fifth, but the game was stopped after that inning due to the eight-run mercy rule.
Kathryn Kroleski '09 had a double and a single. Amber O'Connor '09 doubled and Liz Reid '11 drove her in with a groundout to the pitcher. Megan Coughlin '09 started in the circle, pitched four innings and took the loss.
In Game 2, Hamilton grabbed its first lead of the three-game series with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Amber O'Connor '09 led off with a double -- her team-high 10th this season -- and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Ashley White '09. Kroleski drove O'Connor home with a single through the left side. After Leigh Sherrow '11 walked, Reid scored Kroleski from second base with a double.
Wesleyan rallied with three runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth to take the lead for good. Hamilton managed to score once in the fifth and sixth innings, but it wasn't enough.
Reid drove in White with a single through the right side in the fifth inning to make the score 5-3. White's base hit through the right side in the sixth scored Robin Brown '09, who had reached base earlier by getting hit by a pitch, to pull the Continentals to within 7-4.
O'Connor recorded her first triple of the season and finished with two hits. White, Kroleski and Reid each had two hits. Reid cracked her fifth double and drove in two runs.
Coughlin pitched all seven innings and took the loss. She allowed just two earned runs on 14 hits, walked one and fanned one. Three Hamilton errors led to six unearned runs.