Keane ’20 pitches five innings in shutout win over Farmingdale

Chris Keane ’20 (Josh McKee photo)
Chris Keane ’20 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College split its doubleheader against Farmingdale State College in non-conference baseball action at Chain of Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, Fla., on Monday. The Continentals lost the opener 3-2 before blanking the Rams 5-0 in game two.

In the nightcap Hamilton (1-7 overall) used a three-run first inning and added two runs in the sixth to earn the split. Farmingdale's overall record moved to 5-3 with its third twinbill split in as many days.

The Continentals take on Hope College in a doubleheader at Chain O' Lakes Field #1 in Winter Haven on Tuesday, March 20. First pitch is set for 9 a.m.

Game One: Farmingdale 3, Hamilton 2

Joe Suski '21 gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning with a sacrifice fly. Nate Goodman '20 earned himself a one-out walk and moved to second base after a single by Craig Sandford '19 to right-center field. Ethan Wallis '21 loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch and Suski hit a fly ball to center field to score Goodman from third.

Hamilton tacked on one run in the fourth inning with another sacrifice fly off the bat of Wallis, scoring James Nish '20 from third base after his leadoff double down the right field line.

The Rams began their comeback in the bottom half of the fourth with one run and they added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Logan Hicks took over the pitching duties for Farmingdale in the top of the sixth inning and retired six straight Continentals to earn the save.

Gavin Schaefer-Hood '21 pitched a complete game for Hamilton and gave up just four hits and one earned run. The first-year hurler struck out six Rams and walked one. Jarrett Lee '21, Nish, Goodman and Sandford recorded hits for Hamilton.

Game Two: Hamilton 5, Farmingdale 0

Chris Keane '20 was locked in from his first pitch. Keane struck out the first batter swinging, forced a ground ball to second base for the second out and finished the inning with a strikeout looking. Keane finished with five strikeouts and no walks through five innings of work.

The Continentals followed Keane's lead with two triples and a double in the bottom of the first, all to the alley in right-center field. Matt Cappelletti '21 singled with one out and scored on Nish's triple. Dean Rosenberg '18 then belted a run-scoring double and scored on a triple by Matt Zaffino '21.

Rosenberg followed up his double with a diving backhand stop up the third base line and tossed the runner out for the initial out of the second inning. The Continentals' tight defense continued through the fifth inning when Wallis ran down a fly ball to right-center field for the first out, Zaffino backhanded a grounder at shortstop and beat the runner by half a step for the second out, and Lee made a backhander at second and threw to first for the final out of the inning.

Cappelletti made it a five-run game with a two-run blast in the bottom of the sixth inning – the first home run of his Hamilton career. Lee got on base with a two-out single and stole second base before Cappelletti cleared the left field fence by five feet. Arlyn Lopez '21 retired three straight Farmingdale batters in the seventh inning with two strikeouts and a groundout for his first save.

Rosenberg finished 2-for-3 with one RBI. Cappelletti went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in and scored two runs. Rich Marooney '21 and Zaffino both went 1-for-2 with one walk.