Softball swept by Wooster

Chelsea Merritt '14
Chelsea Merritt '14

Hamilton College lost twice to the College of Wooster in a non-conference doubleheader at Lee County Field in Fort Myers, Fla., on March 20.

Wooster (6-6 overall) won the first game 3-1, and completed the sweep with a 6-2 victory in Game 2. Hamilton finished its Florida trip with an overall record of 1-9. The Continentals are scheduled to host Rochester Institute of Technology for another non-conference doubleheader on Sunday, March 27.

In the opener, Chelsea Merritt '14 pitched all seven innings for Hamilton. Merritt allowed three runs on seven hits and eight walks. She also drove in the lone run for the Continentals. Sam Miller '14 had two of Hamilton's six hits.

Wooster scored one run in the top of the first inning and added two more in the seventh. The Continentals rallied in their last at-bat. Miller led off with a single down the left field line, and Leigh Sherrow '11 smacked a one-out single through the left side. After a fielder's choice forced a runner out at second base, Merritt singled through the right side to drive in pinch-runner Summer Bottini '14. The rally ended the next at-bat with a fly ball to center field.

In the second game, Amy Appel '13 started in the circle and allowed six runs on 11 hits in five innings. Bottini pitched a scoreless sixth. Ashley Perritt '14 and Melissa Kaknis '13 had two hits apiece.

Wooster scored one run in each of the first three innings to take a 3-0 lead. Hamilton cut its deficit to one with two runs in the top of the fourth, but Wooster added three insurance runs in the fifth.

The Continentals scored both their runs with two outs. With Lisa Faraci '13 on first base after a fielder's choice, Kaknis singled up the middle and Miller singled through the right side to drive in Faraci. Liz Reid '11 singled through the right side to plate Kaknis and make the score 3-2. A strikeout ended the comeback.

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