Shutdown pitching and 27 hits lift softball to twin bill sweep

Claire O'Brien '21 pitched a one-hit shutout against NESCAC East Opponent Colby on Sunday (Josh McKee photo)
Claire O'Brien '21 pitched a one-hit shutout against NESCAC East Opponent Colby on Sunday (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College Continentals outhit their opponents 27-4 in two non-conference victories at Hancock Park in Clermont, Florida, on Sunday.

Hamilton (12-2 overall) defeated NESCAC East Division opponent Colby College 12-0 in five innings in game one before posting a 7-2 win against Lewis & Clark College in the second game.

The Continentals conclude their 14-game Florida trip on Monday, March 25 with two non-conference games at Hancock Park. The first contest is against Kalamazoo College at 9:30 a.m. followed by Union College at 11:45.

 

Game One: Hamilton 12, Colby 0 (5 innings)

Despite allowing two walks in the top of the first inning, Claire O'Brien '21 (2-0) was a dominant force in the pitching circle. O'Brien tallied seven strikeouts through four innings and she had a no-hitter going until Colby's Emily Dougherty singled in the top of the fourth. Dez DePaulis '19 relieved O'Brien in the top of the fifth and picked up two strikeouts to secure the shutout.

Colby's one hit is the fewest amount the Mules (0-3) have had in a game since April 23, 2016, when Trinity College posted a 3-0 win.

Hamilton jumped out to a one-run lead in the bottom half of the first. Ashleah Yzaguirre '19 hit a two-out single to the hole between shortstop and third and Emily Fraser '20 followed with a single through the same spot. Yzaguirre touched home plate when Helen Lin '19 knocked a double that hit the fence in left-center field.

The Continentals tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the second on five hits and an error. Kendall Searcy '20 got it started with a one-out double to left field, Victoria Dunn '22 dropped down a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error that allowed Searcy to score. Dunn swiped third base and Caitlin Berreitter '20 drove her in with a sacrifice fly to right field. Kiana Arcayena '22, Yzaguirre and Fraser strung together three straight singles, and Arcayena scored on Fraser's hit up the middle.

Twelve Continentals had an at bat during the eight-run fifth. Anna Rasmussen '22 and Arcayena highlighted the inning as the classmates hit two-run doubles.

Hamilton recorded 17 hits and Dunn, Searcy and Yzaguirre were all perfect at the plate with three hits each. They all scored two runs and Yzaguirre drove in a pair. Arcayena went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in and scored two runs and Fraser was 2-for-4.

 

Game Two: Hamilton 7, Lewis & Clark 2

Emily Drevdahl hit a solo home run for Lewis & Clark (5-12) on the first pitch she saw in the bottom of the first, but Hamilton came right back with four runs in the second inning and added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth for its 12th win.

Morgan Hartranft '22 (6-1) picked up her sixth victory in the pitching circle by allowing just two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks. She struck out eight batters, increasing her season total to 29, which ranks fifth in the NESCAC. The home run in the first inning was the first run, earned or unearned, Hartranft had allowed in her last 20 innings.

Fraser led off the four-run second inning by getting hit with a pitch, and she came around to score after two sacrifice bunts and a single. Searcy made the score 2-1 when she scored on the second of consecutive squeeze plays. Brautigam, who laid down a sacrifice bunt but reached first on a throwing error, scored on a passed ball to make the score 3-1. Caroline Chivily '19 scored Jodi Weiss '19 with the fourth run on a groundout to second base.

Brautigam scored from first base on Berreitter's double in the fourth inning. In the fifth, Brautigam singled up the middle and scored Fraser from second, and in the sixth Chivily tripled to right field and scored on a throwing error.

Berreitter led the offense with three hits including a double. Brautigam went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in and two runs scored, and the catcher threw out a runner attempting to steal.