Softball goes toe-to-toe with NESCAC West foe No. 16 Williams

Vicky Dunn '22 (Josh McKee photo)
Vicky Dunn '22 (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College Continentals wrapped up a three-game NESCAC West Division series against the nationally ranked No. 16 Williams College Ephs on Saturday in Williamstown, Mass.

Williams (15-4, 3-0 NESCAC West) won the first game 4-3 in eight innings and took the second by a score of 4-2. Hamilton (14-5, 0-3) outhit the Ephs 13-11 through both games and finished the series with a 20-15 edge in hits.

Claire O'Brien '21 and Morgan Hartranft '22 pitched complete games for the Continentals. O'Brien had two strikeouts in the first game and allowed three earned runs on just four hits and three walks. Hartranft got the nod for Game 2 and finished with four strikeouts, three walks and did not allow an earned run on seven hits.

Hamilton returns home for a non-conference doubleheader against Morrisville State College on Tuesday, April 2 at 3:30 p.m.


Game One: Williams 4, Hamilton 3 (8 innings)

The Continentals had a 3-2 advantage going into the bottom of the sixth inning when Kirstin Mapes tied the score with a leadoff homer to right center. Mapes also homered in the bottom of the eighth with two outs and the Ephs walked off with the victory.

Hamilton took the early lead with a run on two hits in the top of the first inning. Vicky Dunn '22 hit a bunt single, stole second base and scored on a double to the fence in center field by Emily Fraser '20.

The Ephs took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the second. Mapes singled through the left side of the infield and Williams loaded the bases after a walk and a hit batter. Jenny Hickey hit a sharp ground ball to the right side of the infield that was mishandled and resulted in two runs.

Kendall Searcy '20 tied the score at 2-2 in the fourth inning on her run-scoring double that went down the third base line and into the left-field corner. Kiana Arcayena '22 led off the inning with a walk and Caroline Chivily '19 came in to pinch run. Chivily moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Liz Brautigam '19.

The Continentals took the lead in the fifth inning on two hits and an error. Dunn reached first on a fielder's choice, swiped second base and scored on Fraser's two-out single down the right-field line.

Dunn went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and she scored two runs. Fraser added two hits and two runs batted in.


Game Two: Williams 4, Hamilton 2

Dunn (2-for-3) continued to wreak havoc on the Ephs' defense in game two, reaching base all four times. She walked and had a stolen base in the first inning, reached first on a fielding error in the third, tripled in the fifth, and singled in the seventh. The first-year infielder reached base three times in game one.

After two scoreless innings, Dunn reached first on an error and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Ashleah Yzaguirre '19. Fraser drove in Dunn from second base with an infield single.

Williams took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the third on two hits and an error. Mapes' run-scoring groundout to second base tied the score and Riley Salvo immediately followed with a two-run homer to right field.

Hamilton clawed back to within a run at 3-2 in the fifth inning. Dunn blasted a pitch to right-center field and slid into third base safely with a triple. Anna Rasmussen '21 put runners on the corners with a pinch-hit walk and Fraser followed with a perfect squeeze bunt that scored Dunn from third.

The Ephs gained their two-run lead back in the sixth on back-to-back two-out singles by Kristina Alvarado and Jessica Kim.