Softball knocks off Dubuque for first win

Softball knocks off Dubuque for first win

The Hamilton College softball team continued spring break play Friday morning, facing the University of Dubuque and Rowan University in Kissimmee, Fla. The Continentals posted an 8-5 win over Dubuque to start the day before the nationally ranked No. 7 Profs posted a 2-0 win.

In their first game, the Continentals (1-5) jumped out to a 6-0 lead then held off the Duhawks (3-10) in the last two innings.

Hamilton broke open a scoreless game with five fourth-inning runs. Hannah Staab '17 doubled in the first run and Ashleah Yzaguirre '19 capped the outburst with a run-scoring double. In between Liz Brautigam '19 singled in two runs and came home on a groundout.

An inning later Staab singled in Daphne Assimakopoulos '17, who had reached on a two-run double. Staab and Assimakopoulos both finished with three hits.

After Dubuque scored five runs over the fifth and sixth to pull within a run, Hamilton racked on a pair of runs in the top of the seventh. Caitlin Berreitter '20 opened the inning with a double, then scored on a double by Kendall Searcy '20. One out later, Assimakopoulos hit Hamilton's seventh double of the game to close out the scoring.

Two-out run-scoring hits by Brandy Heraty and Gabby Marchese in the fifth put Dubuque on the scoreboard and an inning later the Duhawks scored three times to pull within a run. Taylor Allard hit a two-run home run with one out and three batters later Heraty doubled home Kyleigh Leddy (who'd walked after Allard's homer) to close the gap to 6-5. Walks to the next two batters loaded the bases but Hamilton's Zoe Singer '18 got out of the jam by retiring Dubuque's leadoff hitter.

Singer, who earned the save by allowing one hit over the final 1.2 innings, set the Duhawks down in the seventh; Dubuque put a runner on first with one out on a Hamilton error but the Continentals turned a pop-up into a game-ending double play.

Ursula Castiblanco '19 earned her first career win, pitching 2.2 innings in two separate relief stints.

In Hamilton's second game of the day, Rowan's Jesse DeDomenico threw a no-hitter, improving to 6-0 on the season for the undefeated (15-0) Profs. Rowan scored on a first-inning passed ball and an RBI single by Cassandra Gerard in the third. Gerard had two of Rowan's six hits.

The Continentals put the tying runs on base in the fourth when Yzaguirre drew a lead-off walk (DeDomenico had retired the first nine batters) and Searcy reached on a one-out error but Rowan retired the next two batters.

Searcy walked to start the seventh to bring the tying run to the plate but the Profs set down the final three hitters to seal the win.

The Continentals continue spring break play Saturday, facing Farmingdale State and Knox College.