Leitner ’19, Singer ’18 pitch Hamilton softball to two-game sweep

Zoe Singer ’18 pitched a two-hit shutout against New Paltz (Josh McKee photo)
Zoe Singer ’18 pitched a two-hit shutout against New Paltz (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College won both of its non-conference games at Legends Way Field in Clermont, Fla., on Sunday afternoon. The Continentals posted a 10-2 win over Sewanee in their first game and recorded an 8-0 shutout in six innings against SUNY New Paltz.

Hamilton evens its overall record at 5-5 and is back in action on Tuesday, March 20 with two non-conference games. The Continentals will meet NESCAC East Division foe Tufts University at 2 p.m. and University of Chicago at 4:30 p.m. Both contests will be played at Legends Way.

Game One: Hamilton 10, Sewanee 2

Led by Emily Fraser '20, the Continentals scored four runs in the first inning and added at least one run in every inning except the fifth. Fraser racked up four of Hamilton's 14 hits and totaled two doubles, two runs batted in and two runs scored and added four putouts in center field. Liz Brautigam '19 finished with three hits, two stolen bases, one RBI and three runs.

Molly Leitner '19 (1-0) allowed six hits and one earned run in her complete-game effort.

Katie Roth went 1-for-2 for Sewanee (4-14 overall) with a walk and an RBI. Jackie O'Reilly tripled to right-center field in the bottom of the seventh inning but the Tigers left her stranded. O'Reilly gave up nine hits and five earned runs through four innings and took the loss.

Hamilton batted through the lineup in the first inning with five hits, three stolen bases and two hit batters. Caitlin Berreitter '20, Kendall Searcy '20, Brautigam and Fraser each singled up the middle, and Phoebe Collins '18 batted in the stanza's final run with a single through the left side of the infield.

The Tigers came back with one unearned run in the home half of the first, but Fraser's run-scoring double in the second gave Hamilton its four-run lead back. Jodi Weiss '19 earned a leadoff walk in the third inning and Collins dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move Weiss to second. Sophia Cerreta '20 reached on a fielding error that scored Weiss and made the score 6-1.

After a scoreless fifth inning, Hamilton tacked on two more runs off another Fraser double and Weiss knocked a single though the left side of the infield that scored Fraser. Searcy scored the Continentals' 10th run in the top of the seventh when Zoe Singer '18 popped a ball out to right field that was mishandled for an error.

Game Two: Hamilton 8, SUNY New Paltz 0 (6 innings)

Singer set the tone for the second game from the very first pitch. The senior hurler forced a pop fly to center field for the first out, struck out the next batter looking and fanned the third batter for a 1-2-3 inning. Singer faced just 19 batters in her complete-game effort by allowing two hits and one walk, and inducing 10 groundouts and four flyouts.

Helen Lin '19 led the Hamilton offense by getting on base in all four of her at-bats. Lin's two-out double to the center field fence in the bottom of the sixth inning scored both Brautigam and Fraser to end the game due to the eight-run mercy rule. Lin finished with three hits, two RBIs, two runs and 10 putouts at first base.

Singer helped herself by going 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI. Brautigam scored three runs, Ashleah Yzaguirre '19 scored twice and Cerreta had two RBIs.

Hamilton took a 1-0 lead in the second inning after Lin reached second base on an outfield error and Yzaguirre was hit by a pitch. Both runners were on the move before Cerreta placed a perfect bunt and Lin used her speed to sneak home before the Hawks could catch her.

Cerreta and Collins both drove in one run in the fourth inning to give Hamilton a 3-0 advantage. Brautigam and Lin both singled to center field, Lin was forced out at second on Yzaguirre's fielder's choice and Cerreta's single to right-center scored Brautigam. Collins followed with a line drive up the middle to score Yzaguirre from second base.

Berreitter and Searcy locked down the left side of the infield all game and the fifth inning was no different. The Hawks' Madizon Rappold tried to rip a hit through the infield but Searcy backhanded the grounder and threw the ball to an outstretched Lin at first, just beating the runner for the first out. Berreitter then snagged the next two grounders for the second and third outs. Berreitter and Searcy accounted for eight of Hamilton's 11 assists.

The Continentals tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning -- all scored with two outs. Brautigam took a two-out walk to start and Lin follwed with a single up the middle. Yzaguirre and Cerreta got on base after back-to-back errors by the New Paltz shortstop, scoring Brautigam and Lin. Singer then singled up the middle to score Yzaguirre from second.

Hamilton totaled 24 hits and 13 RBIs through both games and only struck out twice.