Senior Rebecca Allen finished a combined 3-for-8 with a home run and five RBI as the Saints earned a split with Hamilton on Sunday afternoon. Allen and classmates Natasha Bell, Leslie Stratton and Cailyn Welsh, were recognized in a post-game ceremony for the contribution they've made to the Saints softball program the past four seasons.
In addition, junior Kyle Plimpton set a new St. Lawrence record for strikeouts in a season after recording a combined 14 on Sunday afternoon to bring her season total to 198 with six games still to play. She set the previous record of 194 strikeouts last season.
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Saints jumped out to a 6-0 lead through the first two innings. Allen homered to drive in Aisha O'Connor and Brady Cooper in the first to make it 3-0 and then St. Lawrence plated another three runs in the second, all coming with two outs.
Natasha Bell lead things off with a bloop single that dropped in behind the Hamilton shortstop and was eventually moved over to third following a sac bunt and a ground out to the left side of the infield. O'Connor then singled to second to plate Bell and make it 4-0 Saints. Three consecutive singles by Allen, Hannah Sears and Nicole Matthews helped drive in the others, with Allen and Matthews picking up the RBIs.
In the bottom of the third, first-year Kelly Burke pinch hit for Brady Cooper and laced a two-run single to left field to bring Bell and Carly Dziekan around to score and increase the Saints lead to eight runs.
Hannah Sears came in to pitch in the top of the fifth and was just one strike away from ending the game via the mercy rule before giving up a two-run double to the Continentals' Ellie Kiernan to cut the St. Lawrence lead to 8-2. Hamilton added another run in the top of the seventh, but it was too little too late.
In game two, it was the Continentals that grabbed the lead early, as they built a 6-0 lead through the first six innings before the Saints were able to put any runs across.
In the bottom of the sixth inning O'Connor started the rally with a single to third base and would eventually advance to third with the help of a two-base error on a botched pickoff play by Hamilton. Allen stepped to the plate and singled to left to bring her around and the Saints strung together four straight singles from Matthews, Welsh, Dziekan and Bell to score three more runs and cut the deficit to two runs, but Hamilton closed the door to hang on for the 6-4 win.
The Saints will close out their non-conference schedule this week doubleheaders against SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton on Monday and Tuesday.