Baseball drops twinbill against Fitchburg State

Jordan Northrup '19 (Michael P. Doherty photo)
Jordan Northrup '19 (Michael P. Doherty photo)

The Hamilton College Continentals lost both ends of a non-conference doubleheader against the Fitchburg State University Falcons at Lake Myrtle Field in Auburndale, Fla., on Thursday.

Fitchburg State won the opener 5-2 and rode the pitching of Ryan Towle to a 9-0 victory in the nightcap. Hamilton (0-3 overall) takes on SUNY New Paltz for another non-conference doubleheader at Lake Myrtle Field on Friday, March 16. The first pitch of Game 1 is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Game 1: Fitchburg State 5, Hamilton 2

The Falcons (5-2) scored all five of their runs in the bottom of the second inning and held the Continentals scoreless until the sixth. Sean Maki's bases-clearing double was the big hit in the second inning for Fitchburg State. The Falcons scored their other runs on a bases-loaded walk and an infield error. Maki finished with two hits.

In the top of the sixth inning Hamilton's James Nish '20 led off with a pinch-hit single to left field. Nish stole second and moved to third on a passed ball with two outs. After Graham McOsker '20 walked, Jordan Northrup '19 drove in Nish with a single to left field. Sam Rowley '20 walked to load the bases and Jacob Han '21 took one for the team by getting hit by a pitch for the other run batted in. Adam Somers came on in relief and ended the Continentals' rally by striking out the next batter.

Somers retired the side in order in the seventh and earned his second save this spring. Tommy Parsons picked up the win as he allowed one hit and three walks and struck out nine in five innings. Dan DePaoli '18 pitched the first four innings and took the loss. Arlyn Lopez '21 fanned five in two innings of perfect relief for Hamilton. Joe Suski '21 doubled for his first collegiate hit.

Game 2: Fitchburg State 9, Hamilton 0

Towle was the story in this one as he improved to 3-0 with a complete-game shutout. He struck out 15 and gave up just one hit and three walks. Andrew Currie led the offense with three hits and three RBI, Brandon Lefebvre chipped in three singles, and Matthew Pingitore went 2-for-2 with a walk.

Michael O'Hare '21 picked up his first hit for the Continentals and Carter King '19, Ian Nish '19 and Tom Riley '20 combined to toss 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. Brian Lawson '20 threw the first 3.2 innings and was saddled with the loss.

Zachary Gull put Fitchburg State in the lead in the top of the first with a two-out, two-run double. Currie drove in the first run in the Falcons' three-run fourth inning with a bases-loaded single to right. The other runs scored on a walk and a wild pitch. Fitchburg State clinched the win with four runs in the fifth. Pingitore drove in a run with a double down the left field line, and Currie's triple to center plated two more.