Comeback Falls Short in 9-7 Softball Loss to Hamilton

CLERMONT, Fla. - A strong comeback bid fell short as the Tufts University softball team lost its first game of the 2022 season 9-7 to Hamilton College in Florida on Monday morning.

The Jumbos trailed 8-1 after three innings, but scored five times in the top of the sixth to make it an 8-7 game. A two-run double by Michelle Adelman and a bases-clearing double by Josie Steinberg brought the five runs home. On second base with just one out still, Steinberg was stranded as the potential tying run.

Hamilton added a run in the bottom of the sixth on a one-out double by Ella Heftved and an rbi single from Natalie Beebe. In the top of the seventh, Lindsay Neumann (pictured) doubled for Tufts with one out and Bela Jimenez had an infield single. Hamilton pitcher Emma Tansky was able to get the final out by strikeout though leaving the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base.

A single by Beebe in the first and a pair of sacrifice rbis in the second gave the Continentals an early 3-0 lead. Tufts closed the margin to 3-1 in the third when Steinberg doubled home Adelman, who had singled up the middle to lead off the inning. However, Hamilton scored five times in the bottom of the third including a two-run double by Charlie Quinn for an 8-1 advantage. Nicole Russo doubled home a run for Tufts in the fifth which made it 8-2 at the time.

Kiana Arcayena and Beebe both had three hits for Hamilton, who improved to 10-1. Heftved, Samantha Smith and Quinn all scored twice. Beebe got the pitching victory with 5.1 innings giving up 10 hits and six runs (four earned).

Adelman was 3 or 5 with two runs and two rbis at the top of the Tufts order. Steinberg went 2 for 4 with four rbis and a run. Neumann and Emma Jacobson both had two hits. Sky Johnson was the losing pitcher (3 IP, 8 H, 8 R (3ER)). Tufts made four errors in the game.

Tufts (4-1) continued on to more Monday morning action with a game against Wisconsin-Stevens Point beginning at 11:15.