Two Florida wins even softball's record
The Hamilton College softball team posted a pair of non-conference wins on Friday, beating Framingham State University 7-1 and defeating D’Youville College, 8-4. The Continentals evened their record at 4-4 on their season-opening spring break trip to Florida.
Framingham State box score | D'Youville box score
Daphne Assimakopoulos ’17 had three hits and scored four runs and Olivia Gozdz ’16 drove in five runs. Kelly Leonard ’15 earned both wins.
Leonard and Monique St. Jarre ’15 combined to hold Framingham State (1-8) without a baserunner until the seventh inning. Leonard improved to 3-1, retiring all 12 batters she faced over her four innings of work. She struck out four batters in winning her third straight decision. St. Jarre set down the first six hitters she faced before the Rams pushed a run across in the top of the seventh.
Gozdz and Hannah Staab ’17 hit run-scoring singles in Hamilton’s three-run second and Gozdz broke the game open with a three-run home run in the fourth. Talia Mercado ’15 scored a pair of runs.
The Continentals scored seven runs in their final three at-bats against D’Youville (1-2) to erase a 2-1 deficit.
Assimakopoulos singled in the tying run in the top of the fifth and scored the go-ahead run when Becca Butler ’17 doubled to right center.
Hamilton scored on a Spartan throwing error in the sixth inning then put four more runs on the board in the seventh. Staab doubled in a run and St. Jarre singled home Assimakopoulos to highlight the scoring spree.
The Chargers scored once in the bottom of the inning and brought the tying run to the plate with no outs before Leonard worked out of the jam by retiring the final three hitters. Singles by Lydia Monin ‘17, Alison Hall ’16 and Lauren DeVantier ’17 opened the D’Youville seventh, followed by a walk to MacKenzie Kehlenbeck ’17 that forced in a run.
Becca Ryan ’17 threw out a runner at home on a grounder to third for the first out and Leonard sealed the win with a strikeout and another infield grounder.
Sarah Marino ’18 singled in a run in the second to tie the score at 1-1 and D’Youville took a 2-1 lead an inning later on an infield error by Hamilton. Ashley Colan ’18 doubled home Hannah Turek ’18, who had two hits, in the sixth.
The Continentals are idle Saturday before resuming their spring trip on Sunday, March 22, with non-conference games against Carleton College at 1 p.m. and Rochester Institute of Technology at 3 p.m. Thursday’s game against Greenville College, which was halted by rain, will not be made up.