Softball Drops Game To Hamilton

April 26, 2007

Hamilton's Amber O'Connor drove in Caitlin McCormick for the game-winning run with a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning as Hamilton defeated Middlebury 8-7 in a NESCAC West Division game played at Utica College's Greenman Field.  Hamilton (2-28, 1-11 NESCAC West) snapped an 11-game skid with the come-from-behind victory. Middlebury (19-10, 5-4) needs to sweep Wesleyan University this weekend to earn a spot in the NESCAC championships tournament.

Liz Farrington led off the seventh with a double to deep center and later scored on a line out to left field by Rachel Rapoza. McCormick reached on a bunt single, stole second and went to third base on a fielder's choice. O'Connor lined a 2-1 pitch into right center to give the Continentals their first division win of the year. O'Connor homered and doubled earlier in the contest. She finished with three hits and two RBI. Rapoza went 2-for-3 with a run batted in and McCormick went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Megan Coughlin pitched all seven innings and struck out seven for her first win this year. Coughlin doubled in two runs in the sixth inning to pull Hamilton within 7-6.

Kristin Maletsky went 2-for-3 with two RBI for the Panthers. Ellen Sargent hammered a solo home run in the fifth inning. Lily Hamburger doubled and scored during a four-run second inning that put Middlebury up 4-2. Colleen Sullivan scored twice and drove in a run.