Wolfsberg '17 leads baseball team past Elmhurst

Wolfsberg '17 leads baseball team past Elmhurst

The Hamilton College baseball team split a doubleheader with Elmhurst College Tuesday in Auburndale, Fla. The Continentals walked off with an 8-7 win in the opener and lost 4-0 in game two.

The doubleheader marked the penultimate games of Hamilton's season-opening spring trip. The Continentals are now 5-4.

In game one, Ryan Wolfsberg '17 drove in five of Hamilton's eight runs, knocking in the game-winner with one out in the bottom of the seventh.

The Blue Jays had rallied from a 7-3 deficit, tying the score on a two-out home run in the top of the seventh.

Hamilton started the winning rally when Chris Collins '17 drew a leadoff walk. Andrew Haser '17 was hit by a pitch and Dean Rosenberg '18 walked to load the bases. Two batters later Wolfsberg singled to right to bring home the game winner.

Wolfsberg helped power the Continentals to a 7-3 lead, clubbing a three-run home run in the fourth and capping their three-run fifth with a sacrifice fly.

His home run scored Rosenberg, who'd led off the inning with a single, and Mele, who was hit by a pitch.

An inning later Chris Collins singled and Haser reached on an error before Mele tripled to center field.

Brett Sandford '20, who pitched the seventh in relief of Max Jones '19, earned his first collegiate win.

Elmhurst tied the score with a pair of two-out rallied. In the sixth Christian Ott singled between shortstop and third with two outs and Evan Berliner reached on an infield single. Pinch-hitter Jacob McMillan doubled down the right field line to pull the Blue Jays to within 7-5.

Ben Havel reached on an infield error with one out in the seventh and one out later A.J. Compton tied the game with a two-run homer to left.

Compton and Ott hit RBI singles in Elmhurst's three-run fourth. Havel also finished with two hits.

In the nightcap the Continentals were held to four hits and the Blue Jays scored three times in the fifth.

Austin MacMillan struck out five Continentals and didn't walk a batter in the complete-game effort.

Ben Havel led Elmhurst with an RBI single in the first and a two-run single in the fifth.

Hamilton put two runners on in the third with Wolfsberg and Justin Schirmacher '20 collecting singles and an inning later Northrup singled to lead off the fourth but the Blue Jays turned double plays in both innings to escape trouble.

Hamilton wraps up its spring trip Wednesday, facing Clarkson University in an 11 a.m. doubleheader.