Softball shuts out Farmingdale State and Knox

Softball shuts out Farmingdale State and Knox

The Hamilton College softball team cruised to a pair of lopsided wins Saturday in Kissimmee, Fla., routing Farmingdale State 8-0 and Knox 14-0. Both games were shortened to six innings by the eight-run rule.

The Continentals (3-6), who've won three of their last four, outhit their two opponents 30-4.

Molly Leitner '19 and Zoe Singer '18 both earned their first win of the season; Leitner threw five innings of one-hit ball against Farmingdale and Singer followed by giving up two hits to the Prairie Fire over four innings.

A total of 19 Continentals hit safely and 18 Hamilton players scored at least one run.

Hannah Staab '17 led the offense with five hits, four runs scored and three driven in.

Hamilton began the day with a pair of unearned first-inning runs against the Rams. Caitlin Berreitter '20 and Staab singled to start the inning before scoring on an infield error and a wild pitch, respectively. Kendall Searcy '20 – who finished four-for-eight and drove in four runs on the day – hit a two-out, two-run single in the second and an inning later Liz Brautigam '19 singled home Daphne Assimakopoulos '17.

Hamilton sealed the win with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Emily Fraser '20 singled home two runs to end the game, capping a streak of four straight Continental hits. Becca Butler '17 started the streak with a one-out single up the middle, and Staab followed by beating out a bunt to score Delaney Nicol '19 (who'd singled to lead off the inning). Searcy singled to load the bases, setting up Fraser's game-ending hit.

Leitner retired the first 11 hitters and held Farmingdale hitless until Marietta Sillman's one-out single in the fifth.

Desmen DePaulis '19 pitched the sixth inning, working out of a jam to preserve the shutout. After the first two Rams reached base, she retired three straight batters, striking out two.

In their second game, the Continentals exploded for 10 sixth-inning runs – pounding out eight hits and capitalizing on four Knox errors.

Staab and Nicol both had two run-scoring hits in the inning.

Caroline Chivily '19 reached on an error to start the inning, then scored on Searcy's double. Staab singled in a run then moved to second when Phoebe Collins '18 drew a walk.

After Nicol doubled home a run, Helen Lin '19 singled up the middle to bring in two more runs. Lin scored on a Sophia Cerreta '20 single. A wild pitch and a single by Leitner plated two more runs before Staab and Nicol finished off the inning with RBI singles.

Hamilton scored three runs in the first: Chivily scored on a single by Searcy three batters into the game and three batters later, Staab and Fraser came home on a dropped fly ball.

Cerreta singled home Jodi Weiss '19 in the second.

Singer evened her record at 1-1 with the win. Ursula Castiblanco '19 contributed two innings of hitless relief.

The Continentals play a pair of games Sunday morning, facing nationally ranked No. 4 Luther at 9 and taking on Loras at 11:15.