The St. Lawrence University softball team established a new program record for victories in a season with a doubleheader sweep of Hamilton College in Clinton, NY on Wednesday. The Saints, who won by the scores of 8-3 and 5-4, improve to 21-15 on the season and will use the victories as momentum heading into the 2013 Liberty League tournament in Rochester, NY this weekend.
Chelsea Cavellier led the Saints offensively as she went 5-for-8 with a double, four RBI's and a run, while Aisha O'Connor was 4-for-7 with two RBI's. Rebecca Allen added three hits and two runs, while Caroline Kieltyka, Cailyn Welsh, Natasha Bell and Leslie Stratton each added two hits and combined for ten runs scored.
St. Lawrence struck first in the first inning, as Stratton came around to score on Cavellier's double. The Saints would score six more runs in the second and fourth innings off seven hits and four errors. Allen, Welsh, Kieltyka, Bell and Cavellier each had hits in the inning to help the visitors take a 7-0 lead.
Hamilton scored a run on two hits in the bottom of the fourth inning on two hits. Kieltyka doubled in the sixth inning and scored on Stratton's single to right field to push the score to 8-1.
The home team looked to rally late, scoring two runs off five hits in the final two innings, but it was not enough as the Saints earned the 8-3 victory in game one.
Elizabeth McGinley improved to 11-7 on the mound for the Saints as she allowed ten hits and two earned runs while striking out seven.
In game two, St. Lawrence scored a run in the first inning when Cavellier scored on O'Connor's single to left field. The Saints then erupted for four more runs in the second inning off five hits to take a 5-0 lead.
Hamilton again looked to rally late, scoring four runs in the fifth inning off three hits while taking advantage of two St. Lawrence miscues. The Saints, however, stranded two Continentals on base to preserve their 5-4 lead. Hamilton had base runners on in the sixth and seventh innings, but the Saints gritted out the victory that pushed them over the program's single-season wins record mark.
Kyle Plimpton (10-8) allowed two earned runs on six hits, walked two and fanned nine in 4.2 innings. McGinley tossed 2.1 shutout innings and surrendered three hits for the save.