MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - A late game rally fell short for the Wesleyan University softball team, as they dropped their NESCAC season opener to Hamilton, 6-5 on Friday night.
Wesleyan: 14-5, 0-1 NESCAC
Hamilton: 8-8, 1-0 NESCAC
- Hamilton took the lead in the top of the second, scoring two runs off of Cardinals' starting pitcher, Su Pardo '16, who struggled with her control a bit in the inning as she walked one Hamilton batter and hit three others. Hannah Stabb would single in a run and another would be forced in on a HBP to give the Continentals a 2-0 advantage.
- Hamilton got another run in the third as Phoebe Collins doubled to center to give the visitors a 3-0 lead.
- In the fourth, Ashleah Yzaguirre took a Pardo pitch down the right field line for a triple and would score on a Liz Brautigam single to give the Continentals the 4-0 advantage.
- The Cardinals bats came alive in the bottom of the sixth as they scored three runs on three hits. Rielly Wieners '17 would single home Jamie Hom '17 to bring Wesleyan to within two runs. Amanda Roosa '16 would then lace a single that would score two more Cardinal runners to bring the Hamilton lead down to one.
- Hamilton would take advantage of a Wesleyan error in the seventh as they would score two more runs to bring their lead to 6-3.
- Wesleyan had one more rally in them as they worked the Hamilton pitching staff in the bottom of the seventh. Wieners got her second RBI on the game to bring the Cardinals to within two runs. Roosa then laced a single to left to bring Wesleyan to within one at 6-5. Zoe Singer would then get Pardo to strike out to end the game and give Hamilton the 6-5 victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Pardo went the full seven innings for the Cardinals as she suffered her first defeat on the year. She struck out five batters in the game.
- Roosa lead the team with three RBIs in the game as she went 2-4 in the game.
- Wieners also contributed two hits to go along with her two RBIs.
- Molly Leitner earned her third win on the year for Hamilton as she went six innings allowing three runs on five hits.
- Yzaguirre and Collins both contributed two hits and RBIs for the Continentals.
- The two teams are right back at it tomorrow afternoon as they play a doubleheader with game one scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.