The Hamilton College baseball team will be participating in the Go 4 the Goal fundraising initiative during this weekend's games.
The organization Go 4 the Goal raises money and awareness in support of pediatric cancer research. In their games this weekend against Amherst College, the Continentals will "lace up" for pediatric cancer awareness, wearing specially made gold shoelaces. Money from the purchase of the laces will be donated to Go 4 the Goals' research efforts. Donations will also be accepted at the games.
Hamilton takes on the Mammoths Friday and Saturday. The teams play a 4 p.m. single game Friday and a noon doubleheader Saturday.
The weekend series kicks off eight straight home games that are scheduled to close out Hamilton's regular season.
The Continentals (11-12 overall, 0-5 NESCAC West Division) are coming off a 12-5 win over SUNY Polytechnic. Hamilton is led by Kenny Collins '17, who's hitting .400/.547/.508 and leads the NESCAC in on-base percentage and stolen bases (15). He's fourth in the conference in hitting, with Ryan Wolfsberg '17 (.387/.440/.520) ranking ninth. Brett Mele '17 has a conference-best six of Hamilton's NESCAC-leading 14 triples. Both totals are school single-season records.
Dan DePaoli '18 is 3-3 with a 2.12 ERA (sixth in the conference) and averages 8.49 strikeouts per nine innings (seventh). Finlay O'Hara '17 is 2-1 with the NESCAC's second-lowest ERA (1.50).
The Mammoths (10-10 overall, 4-2 NESCAC West) had won four straight before dropping a 4-1 decision to Salve Regina. Amherst leads the NESCAC in batting average (.330), slugging percentage (.453) and steals (36) while ranking second with 12 home runs.
Yanni Thanopoulos is hitting .400 (good for fourth in the NESCAC). Harry Robertson is second in the conference in both runs (30) and slugging percentage (.627) and Nick Nardone is tied for the league lead with three home runs. Jackson Volle is 4-0 on the mound; his 1.82 ERA is fourth in the NESCAC.