Baseball kicks off 2017 season

Baseball kicks off 2017 season

The Hamilton College baseball team opened the 2017 season Wednesday, facing Fitchburg State in a doubleheader in Auburndale, Fla. The Falcons swept the two games, winning 7-3 and 5-1.

Hamilton (0-2 overall) is scheduled to play nine more games in Florida over the next seven days.

Ryan Wolfsberg '17 had three of the Continentals' 12 hits on the day.

In the opener, Fitchburg State scored three times in the sixth to break open a one-run game. The teams traded offensive outbursts in the third with the Falcons scoring four times in the top of the inning and the Continentals closing to within a run with three in the bottom of the third.

Brett Mele '17, Jordan Northrup '19 and Graham McOsker '20 each singled home a run for Hamilton. The Continental rally started when Kenny Collins '17 reached on a three-base outfield error to lead off the inning.

Three Fitchburg State pitchers – starter Evan Meleedy and Benjamin Chiasson and Tyler Smith – held Hamilton hitless the rest of the way, allowing just two base runners over the final four innings.

The Falcons (3-6) scored four unearned runs in the third, highlighted by Andrew Curran's two-run double. In the sixth, Sean Maki hit a one-out, two-run triple (and scored on the play after a Hamilton error) to close out the scoring.

Brendon Lefebvre added two hits for Fitchburg State and Maki scored two runs.

Chiasson earned the win with three innings of no-hit relief. He allowed just one base runner.

In game two, the Falcons scored three times in their first time at bat and Tyler Smith fanned six in the complete-game win.

The Continentals scored their run in the sixth when Collins singled home Wolfsberg. Wolfsberg had singled with one out before Mele reached on an error. After Collins' run-scoring single, Andrew Haser '17 singled to load the bases and bring the tying run to the plate but the Falcons turned a double play to end the inning. Fitchburg State turned another double play in the seventh after Dean Rosenberg '18 led off with a single.

Haser and Wolfsberg both had two of Hamilton's seven hits.

Brennan Cuddahy singled in two runs in the first and Sean Brown drove in a run with an infield grounder.

Hamilton is back in action Thursday with a single game against Keene State at 10 a.m. in Leesburg, Fla.