Fifth-inning outburst leads baseball to Game 1 win over Brockport

Fifth-inning outburst leads baseball to Game 1 win over Brockport

The Hamilton College continued its five-game homestand Saturday, hosting a non-conference doubleheader with SUNY Brockport at the Loop Road Baseball/Softball Complex. The Continentals posted a split with the Golden Eagles, rolling to a 16-1 win in the opener and losing 7-4 in game two.

Hamilton (8-9 overall) exploded for 12 fifth-inning runs in game one to pull away from a three-run lead. The Continentals' 16 runs and 18 hits were both season-high totals.

Andrew Haser '17 went four-for-four and Brett Mele '17 drove in four runs to lead the hosts at the plate while Dan DePaoli '18 allowed just four hits over six innings.

Haser, Kenny Collins '17 and Justin Schirmacher '20 each had two hits during the fifth. Hamilton sent 17 batters to the plate and collected seven singles and four doubles while taking advantage of three Brockport errors, a wild pitch and a pair of wind-blown flies that fell to the ground.

Haser doubled twice in the inning with his second two-base hit driving in a pair of runs. Mele hit a bases-clearing double with three Continentals aboard and Dean Rosenberg '17 doubled in two runs. Ryan Wolfsberg '17 and Nate Goodman '20 both hit RBI singles.

Collins finished with three hits. Goodman, Mele, Wolfsberg and Schirmacher had two apiece. Haser, Rosenberg and Goodman each scored three runs and drive in two.

DePaoli evened his record at 2-2 and lowered his ERA to 1.66 (fifth in the NESCAC). He struck out three batters and held the Golden Eagles scoreless over his last 5.1 innings. Jared Weisman '19 closed out the win with a perfect seventh inning.

The Continentals spotted the visitors a 1-0 lead after two (the Golden Eagles pulled off a double steal with runners on first and third) then tied the score in the third on a single up the middle by Jordan Northrup '19. An inning later Goodman singled in the go-ahead run and a pair of Continentals scored on the first of Brockport's four errors.

In the nightcap, Hamilton took a 4-0 lead into the third before the Golden Eagles (15-10 overall) scored seven times over the fifth and sixth.

Mele led off game two with a triple, then scored on a base hit by Wolfsberg. Two innings later, the Continentals loaded the bases, setting up a two-run single by Ian Nish '18 and a run-scoring infield hit by Collins.

 Brockport pulled to within 4-3 on a three-run double by Lou Miceli in the fifth. After two walks and a sacrifice bunt put the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position the Golden Eagles used an infield hit by Dane Cala and an Avery Brooks sacrifice fly to take the lead then added a pair of insurance runs on a triple off the right field wall by Anthony Eaton

Collins finished with two of Hamilton's eight hits.

Brockport's offense was led by Cala, Eaton and Paul Ludden, who each hit safely twice.

Hamilton starter Chris Keane '20 – the first of five Continental pitchers in the seven-inning contest – threw three scoreless innings.

The Continentals wrap up their homestand Sunday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader against SUNY Polytechnic in non-league play.