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.
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.