Baseball falls to Amherst in NESCAC West doubleheader

Baseball falls to Amherst in NESCAC West doubleheader

The Hamilton College baseball team closed out its NESCAC West Division weekend series against visiting Amherst College Saturday with a doubleheader at the Loop Road Baseball/Softball Complex. The visiting Mammoths swept the twin bill, winning 7-2 and 16-3.

The Continentals are now 12-14 overall and 1-7 in NESCAC West play. Amherst collected 28 hits in the two games, improving to 12-11 overall with a 6-3 NESCAC West mark.

Hamilton was held to four hits in the opener. The Continentals got on the board in the third when Dean Rosenberg '18 scored from third on a failed pickoff attempt to cut Amherst's lead to 4-1. After the Mammoths tacked on three runs in the top of the sixth, Hamilton scored again in the bottom of the inning on a run-scoring groundout by Jordan Northrup '19 that plated Andrew Haser '17.

Anthony Spina led off the Amherst second with a home run to left field; the Mammoths added three more runs in the inning with two scoring on an infield error and an RBI single by Harry Roberson capping the rally.

Chase Henley doubled in a run in the sixth and Ryan Hardin followed with a two-run triple to close out Amherst's scoring. Henley and Hardin both had two of the Mammoths' eight hits.

Jackson Volle earned his fifth win in as many starts, striking out three Continentals in a complete-game effort.

In the nightcap, Amherst broke open a 2-2 tie by scoring a dozen times over the sixth and seventh. Henley, Spina, Yanni Thanopoulos and Max Steinhorn each had three hits. Spina drove in four runs and Thanopoulos knocked in three. Roberson scored four runs.

Wilson Taylor was the winner in relief, coming in with Amherst trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth with two outs and a runner on second. Taylor picked up the first of his five strikeouts to end the inning and finished out the game, allowing just four hits and an unearned run over the final 5.1 innings.

Rosenberg and Chris Collins '17 both had two of the eight Continental hits. Chris Collins scored Hamilton's first run, doubling to lead off the game and scoring on a sacrifice fly by Brett Mele '17. Rosenberg tripled in the second and came home on a run-scoring single off the bat of Robert Morris '17. Rosenberg scored Hamilton's final run, reaching on a single and scoring on an infield error.

The Continentals are scheduled to continue their eight-game homestand Tuesday, hosting Cazenovia in a 4 p.m. game against Cazenovia College Tuesday.