Lawrence edged by Continentals

Lawrence softball action Amanda Karnatz
Amanda Karnatz went 4-for-4 against Hamilton.

CLERMONT, Fla. -- The Lawrence University softball team lost a tough 7-6 nonconference decision to Hamilton College on Monday at the National Training Center.

Lawrence had built an early 6-0 lead, but the Continentals scored the final seven runs of the game.

Amanda Karnatz paced Lawrence by going 4-for-4, scoring two runs and driving in a run. Ceara Larson went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and drove in three runs for the Vikings (1-5).

Emilia Jackson worked the final 2.2 innings in relief and took the loss. Claire O'Brien tossed five scoreless innings to get the win for Hamilton (5-1).

Lawrence jumped on starter Dez DePaulis and took a 1-0 lead in the first when Karnatz scored on Larson's double. 

The Vikings pushed the lead to 6-0 with five more runs in the second. Karnatz's bases-loaded single scored Lexi Angemi for a 2-0 edge, and Sofie Pedersen was hit by a pitch to force in another run. Larson then smacked a two-run double and the Vikings led 5-0. Madeline MacLean's infield single scored Larson, and the Vikings led 6-0.

Hamilton clawed back with a run in the bottom of the second, and the Continentals scored four times in the fourth to trim the margin to 6-5. Hamilton got a pair of one-out singles to start its rally in the sixth. An error scored one run to tie the game, and Ashleah Yzaguirre's single drove home the go-ahead run.

Liz Jonjak's two-out single in the seventh kept Lawrence's hopes alive, and she got into scoring position on a passed ball. A ground out ended the threat for Lawrence.