Softball Wins First Conference Game Since 2003
Hamilton College's Jen Sadowsky '08 went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs to lead the Continentals to a 5-4 win against Wesleyan University in the first game of a New England Small College Athletic Conference West Division doubleheader at Ferguson Fields on April 30.
Wesleyan (2-6 division, 11-18 overall) won the second game, 16-9, in five innings. The game was stopped due to inclement weather. Hamilton (1-7, 3-21) won its first game against a divisional foe since 2003 and snapped a 17-game losing streak.
Sadowsky (.345 batting average) drove in Sarah Cornblath '08 with a single for the eventual winning run in the fourth inning. Cornblath scored two runs. Caitlin McGilley '08 went 2-for-4. Lindsey Eaton '05 pitched all seven innings to pick up her third win. Eaton allowed nine hits and three earned runs while walking three and striking out four.
The Continentals broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the third inning. Sadowsky singled to score Erica Gomez '05. Ellen Hungate '08 and Jane Minehan '07 drew bases-loaded walks to drive in the other runs. Hamilton led 5-2 after four innings and hung on for the victory despite allowing runs in the fifth and seventh innings.
McGilley led the Continentals' offense by going 3-for-3 in a sloppy Game 2. Olivia Frost '07 singled in one run. Colby Bishop '06 drove in a run and scored twice. The teams combined for 11 walks, 16 wild pitches and six passed balls.
The Cardinals scored six runs on six hits in the first inning and led 12-0 through three. Hamilton rallied with eight runs in the fourth, but fell short of the sweep. The Continentals finish their season with two non-conference games at home against Hartwick College on Tuesday, May 3. The first pitch of Game 1 is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.