Softball swept by Williams

Hamilton College dropped two more New England Small College Athletic Conference West Division games against host Williams College at Cole Field on April 18.

The Ephs (11-12 overall, 6-3 NESCAC West) handed the visiting Continentals a 10-2 loss in the six-inning opener and edged Hamilton 3-2 in the nightcap. Williams also won 9-2 on Friday.

Hamilton (5-21, 1-7) travels to Amherst College for a single division game on Sunday, April 19, at 10:30 a.m.

Liz Reid '11 led Hamilton in Game 1 with two hits and a run. Megan Coughlin '09 and Ashley White '09 recorded the only other hits for the visitors.

Rachel Rapoza '10 crossed the plate in the top of the first inning on a Williams throwing error after Reid beat out a chopper to shortstop. The hosts scored four runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good.

Hamilton got on the board again in the fourth inning when Coughlin drove Reid home with a single up the middle to make the score 4-2. Williams scored two more runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to end the game due to the eight-run mercy rule. Coughlin took the loss in the circle for Hamilton.

Amber O'Connor '09 and Kathryn Kroleski '09 both went 2-for-3 with one run in Game 2. Mandy Hyne '11 pitched all six innings and took the loss, though she allowed just one earned run.

Williams opened the scoring with one run in the bottom of the second. Hamilton took the lead with a two-run third. O'Connor walked and was sacrificed to second by Rapoza. Kroleski singled to right center and O'Connor held up at third. Reid beat out another infield chopper to short, and when the throw to first was wide, O'Connor ran home with the tying run. Coughlin then singled up the middle to score Kroleski with the go-ahead run.

Williams scored two more runs in the fourth to take the lead back for good. Both teams went scoreless during the final three innings. Hamilton had the tying run on base in each inning but could not push her across.

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