Baseball falls at Wesleyan in 2017's final game

Baseball falls at Wesleyan in 2017's final game

The Hamilton College baseball team closed out the 2017 season with a 4-3 loss to the host Wesleyan University Cardinals Thursday afternoon in Middletown, Conn. The Continentals finish the season 15-17.

The game was rescheduled from March 31, when it had been slated to be the opener of a three-game NESCAC West Division series. Hamilton finished 2-10 in NESCAC West Division play.

Hamilton held a 3-0 lead before the host Cardinals (19-14, 6-6 NESCAC West) scored three times in the seventh to tie the score and pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.

The Continentals put the tying run on base in the top of the ninth on a two-out double by Graham McOsker '20 but Wesleyan sealed the win with a game-ending strikeout.

McOsker, who had two of Hamilton's five hits, scored the Continentals' second run, coming home on a wild pitch after leading off the sixth with a single.

Hamilton took a 1-0 lead in the second after Nate Goodman '20 walked and Robert Morris '17 followed with a single to left. Griffin Small '17 bunted the runners into scoring position and Justin Schirmacher '20 put the visitors on the board with a run-scoring groundout.

In the seventh, consecutive bunt singles by Kenny Collins '17 and Andrew Haser '17 put runners on the corners and a double steal put Hamilton up 3-0.

Wesleyan's rally started when Danny Rose reached on a one-out error in the seventh. Ellis Schaefer singled to right and two batters later, Alex Cappitelli doubled in a run.

Alec Olmstead and Kevin Walek drew back-to-back walks and Will O'Sullivan beat out an infield single to tie the score.

An inning later, Nick Miceli singled with two outs and Cappitelli doubled in the go-ahead run.

Miceli, Cappitelli, O'Sullivan and Schaefer each had two hits.

Relievers Stephen Howard, Peter DeLalio and Miceli held Hamilton to one hit over the final two innings. Howard picked up the win and Miceli earned the save.

Finlay O'Hara '17 and Max Jones '19 pitched three shutout innings apiece for Hamilton.