The Hamilton College baseball team opened NESCAC West Division play Sunday with a doubleheader at Wesleyan University. The host Cardinals swept the games, winning 4-0 in the opener and rallying for a 5-4 11-inning win in game two. Saturday's single game was postponed because of unplayable field conditions at Wesleyan's Dresser Diamond; no make-up date has been announced.
The Continentals (6-8 overall, 0-2 NESCAC West) were held to three hits in game one. In the nightcap, Wesleyan (11-3 overall, 2-0 NESCAC West) won on a one-out single in the bottom of the 11th; the Cardinals had erased to a 3-1 seventh-inning deficit to take a 4-3 lead before Hamilton tied the game in the eighth.
A two-run double by Chris Collins '17 and a bases-loaded walk to Craig Sandford '20 brought in three two-out runs in the fifth as Hamilton took a 3-1 lead.
Two innings later the hosts used four hits and a pair of Continental errors to score three times for a 4-3 advantage.
Hamilton responded with an unearned run in the top of the eighth to tie the game. Ryan Wolfsberg '17 led off with a single and was sacrificed to second. He scored with two outs when Wesleyan's catcher dropped a third strike, then threw wildly to first.
The Cardinal 11th started with a leadoff single by Johnny Corning. An infield out moved him to second and one batter later, Ryan Earle provided the walk-off hit.
The Continentals put a runner in scoring position twice after tying the score in the eighth. In both the ninth and 11th, Robert Morris '17 was hit by a pitch and sacrificed to second.
Matt Jeye and Ellis Schaefer both had two of Wesleyan's 12 hits.
Ethan Rode earned the win in relief, improving to 3-0 after allowing two hits and an unearned run in five innings. He fanned seven after starter Nick Miceli struck out nine in his six innings.
In game one Hamilton was held to one hit (and two total baserunners) over the final 4.2 innings.
Wesleyan broke open a 1-0 game with two outs in the sixth on a three-run double by Will O'Sullivan. O'Sullivan scored the game's first run, coming home on Jeye's one-out single in the third inning.
Hamilton's best scoring chance came in the second when Chris Collins doubled with one out, then stole third.
The Continentals are scheduled to host a pair of midweek non-league games at the Loop Road Complex, facing SUNY Canton Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. and taking on SUNY Oswego (ranked 13th by D3baseball.com and ninth in the American Baseball Coaches Association [ABCA] poll) at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. The Oswego game is a recent addition to the Hamilton schedule.