Utica sweeps softball doubleheader
The Hamilton College Continentals dropped both ends of a non-conference doubleheader against the Utica College Pioneers at Utica’s Greenman Field on Thursday.
Game one box score | Game two box score
The Pioneers (11-4 overall) won the opener 11-6 and posted a 9-2 win in game two, rallying for victories in both games.
In game one, the Continentals (7-16) opened up a 3-0 lead after two innings before Utica scored six runs in the top of the third. Jenn Rougeux ’14 had three of Hamilton’s nine hits. Rougeux scored the Continentals’ first run after singling and stealing second, and came home on an infield hit by Sarah Moore ‘16. Hannah Staab ’17 tripled and drove in Sam Miller ’14 in the second before Utica’s third-inning outburst.
All six Pioneer runs came with two outs in the third. Meghan Matan ’14 singled in two runs and two more scored on a dropped fly ball to highlight Utica’s inning.
The Pioneers added three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to seal the win. Matan finished with four runs batted in, including a two-run homer in the sixth. Christy Traglia ’15 singled twice and doubled. Matan and Courtney Fitzgerald ’15 finished with two hits apiece.
Hamilton put two runs on the board in the bottom of the seventh, scoring on a leadoff home run by Becca Butler ’17 (her second in as many days) and an infield error.
Erica Colucci ’16 earned the win for Utica, allowing nine hits in the complete-game effort. Colucci added a two-run single in the fifth.
Miller hit her 10th career home run in game two. The solo home run – her first of the season – was Hamilton’s ninth this year and fifth in the last four games. She moved into sole possession of third place on the team's all-time list with the 10th homer.
Ellie Kiernan ’15 drove in Hamilton’s other run, singling home Staab to give the Continentals a first-inning lead.
The Pioneers stranded four runners in the first two innings before breaking through with five runs in the third. Cassie Smith ‘16 singled in a pair of runs and Kassidy Ogren ’17, Taylor Ellis ’16 and Meriah Beauvais ’17 added run-scoring singles. Beauvais finished with three hits, including a solo home run in the fifth.
Utica closed out the scoring with three runs in the sixth, taking advantage of two Hamilton errors and a run-scoring single by Matan. Abby Monroe ’16 raised her record to 8-2, striking out four and giving up six hits over seven innings.
Hamilton returns to action on Tuesday, April 15, with a non-conference doubleheader at SUNY Institute of Technology. The Pioneers travel to Ithaca College for a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.