The St. Lawrence University softball team split its doubleheader with Hamilton College on "Senior Day" Wednesday afternoon in Canton, NY. The Saints took game one behind a four- hit shutout from senior pitcher Rachel Duffany, but were plagued by six errors in a 6-3 loss in game two.
The split moves St. Lawrence to 9-17 on the season, while Hamilton falls to 6-21.
With Duffany in control on the mound during game one, the Saints put up one run in three straight innings to earn a 3-0 victory. First-year student Khalshia White got the Scarlet and Brown on the scoreboard with an RBI single in the fourth, while classmate Leslie Stratton had an inside the park homerun in the fifth off of Hamilton pitcher Chelsea Merritt. Sophomore Liz McGinley then capped the scoring in the bottom of the sixth with a sac fly to center.
Hamilton's best chance to get on the scoreboard came in the sixth, but Duffany forced two outs with runners on first and second base to end the scoring threat and clinch the win.
In the second half of the doubleheader, Hamilton took a 1-0 lead in the first inning but the Saints followed with a pair of runs in the bottom half to take a 2-1 lead. Stratton again delivered a clutch two-out hit up the middle for two RBI's to put the home team on top.
The Saints continued to hold that lead behind senior pitcher Meg Goodemote until she ran into trouble in the fourth inning due to three errors. The team's defensive struggles allowed Hamilton to score three runs on three hits to take a 4-2 advantage.
Hamilton tacked on a pair of runs off of McGinley in the top of the seventh to push the lead to 6-2. An error allowed the Continentals to take a 5-2 lead before Mandy Hyne drilled an RBI triple to give her squad a four-run cushion.
St. Lawrence threatened in the bottom of the seventh, as they pushed across one run to bring the score to 6-3 behind two walks and a hit from sophomore Lauren Weisbarth. The Saints brought the winning run to the plate with the bases loaded, but Hyne struck out the batter to earn her first save of the season.
The Saints followed the doubleheader with a ceremony on the field honoring Duffany, Goodemote and fellow senior captain Melissa Rogers for their contributions to the program.
St. Lawrence will take on Skidmore College in two crucial conference games on Saturday, April 30 in Saratoga Springs, NY. The doubleheader will begin at 1:00pm.