Fraser '20 with two hits, two RBI in Hamilton softball debut

Photo by Josh McKee
Photo by Josh McKee

Hamilton College opened the 2017 season with non-conference losses against the University of Rochester and New York University in Leesburg, Fla., on Monday morning.

The Continentals (0-2 overall) dropped a 7-4 decision against Rochester and fell 7-3 against NYU. Hamilton takes on UMass Boston in Clermont, Fla., at Legends Way Field on Tuesday, March 14 at 1 p.m.

Against Rochester (4-1), Emily Fraser '20 led the Continentals' offense with two hits and two runs batted in in her Hamilton debut. Zoe Singer allowed one run on two hits in three innings of relief. Singer fanned two and walked none.

The Yellowjackets broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Shelby Corning and Harleigh Kaczegowicz led off the inning with walks and, after a flyout to left field, Courtney Semkewyc belted a three-run homer to right center. The Continentals mustered just two base runners on two singles during the last three innings. One of those runners was erased trying to steal second base.

Rochester grabbed a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Corning led off with a walk and went to second on a single to right field by Kaczegowicz. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and Corning scored on another wild pitch. Semkewyc drew a one-out walk and stole second base. Rachael Pletz singled to left and drove in Kaczegowicz with the second run. Pletz stole second and Jocelynn Blackshear loaded the bases when she reached on an infield throwing error. Lydia Petricca capped the inning with a single to right that scored Semkewyc, and Pletz came home after an outfield throwing error.

Hamilton scored all four of its runs in the top of the third. The Continentals loaded the bases on a hit batter, a walk and a fielder's choice. Fraser smacked a two-run double to right center that scored Kendall Searcy '20 and Caitlin Berreitter '20. Daphne Assimakopoulos '17 hit an infield single that drove in Ursula Castiblanco '19 and Fraser crossed home plate before Assimakopoulos was tagged out during a rundown. Rochester's Eleni Wechsler allowed four unearned runs on six hits in a complete game effort. Wechsler struck out nine and walked one.

Against NYU (2-1), Berreitter drove in two runs and Hannah Staab '17 scored twice for the Continentals. Diana King paced the Violets with two hits and three RBI and Dakota Damiani and Ashley Mains added two hits apiece.

NYU scored at least one run in every inning except the third and fourth. King led off the game with a home run to left field and the Violets never trailed. In the second inning Claire Stefanelli and Sage Scheiwiller singled and King came through with a two-out, two-run base hit up the middle for a 3-0 advantage.

Hamilton cut its deficit to two runs in the bottom of the third. Staab led off with an infield single and went to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Caroline Chivily '19 that was mishandled by the pitcher. Berreitter's groundout to second base scored Staab with the Continentals' first run.

NYU restored its three-run lead in the fifth inning. King led off with a walk, Rachel Fulton singled and Damiani plated King with a base hit up the middle. The Violets pushed their lead to 6-1 in the sixth inning. Samantha Sicignano led off with an infield single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Caroline Saccacio's single to left field. Saccacio later came around on a wild pitch. NYU increased its cushion to six runs in the seventh. Damiani led off with a single up the middle and was replaced by pinch-runner Morgan Clemens, who moved up on a groundout and a wild pitch. Molly Webber grounded out to first base and drove in Clemens.

Hamilton rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Ashleah Yzaguirre '19 led off with a walk, Staab reached on an infield error and Sophia Cerreta '20 loaded the bases with a single to right. Yzaguirre scored on a fielder's choice by Berreitter and Liz Brautigam '19 drove in Staab on another fielder's choice. Violets' starting pitcher Scarelett Murphy gave up one earned run on five hits, walked one and struck out five in 6.1 innings.